5/24/2014

Latest Newsletter: PresentationTube Recorder Ver.3.10

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PresentationTube Recorder Ver.3.10
We are very pleased to announce the release of the new PresentationTube Recorder version 3.10 with major updates in the Recorder and the online video sharing platform. New features include: 

- New widescreen video recording output (16:9).
- New VPT video format for uploading & sharing video presentations via PresentationTube. 
- Enhanced slides & audio synchronization.
- Desktop activity recording fumction.
- Supporting unlimited number of webcams.
- Integrated web browser with zooming in/out capability.
New Interface
Version 3.10

5/22/2014

PresentationTube Recorder Ver. 3.10 has been released



PresentationTube Recorder is a simple tool designed to help instructors, students and business professionals record their presentations from the comfort of home or office, and without the need to have Internet connection while recording. The Recorder synchronizes a variety of visual aids including PowerPoint slides, Webcam streaming, whiteboard, drawing board, Web browser content, Desktop recording . With visual aids, like the drawing board, presenters can draw lines, curves, graphs, and shapes on the screen to emphasize or clarify their ideas, so the demonstration can be clearer. The whiteboard helps presenters to type text while presenting using the keyboard making it an ideal tool to add more details, or explain equations using words, numbers, and symbols.
The new version 3.10 has been released. Download now for free.
http://presentationtube.com/record.php

5/16/2014

Recording and Sharing Online Video Presentations

Presentation tools are increasing in popularity and providing powerful tools for creation of instructional materials and accessible information in audio-visual formats. When used appropriately, these tools can support and extend traditional presentations in valuable ways. In lecture settings, Microsoft PowerPoint, for example, has become the dominant presentation tool because it is both readily available and easy-to-use by instructors (Grabe & Grabe 2007). It allows instructors to create and manipulate presentations in a wide variety of contexts that can enhance students’ interests and engagement (Mills & Roblyer, 2006).Presentation tools help instructors clearly identify the main points of a topic or activity while still providing the details through presentation (Loisel & Galer, 2004). Instructors can incorporate multiple types of media formats (e.g., diagram, photo, drawing, sound, animation, video, etc.) that cannot be easily integrated together into one single medium. Learners are also attracted to presentation applications because of graphical, transactional, aesthetic and interactive features they provide. Parette, Blum, Boeckmann & Watts (2009) suggested that regardless of such concerns and problems related to the use of presentation tools, like PowerPoint, it is no longer an issue of whether to use them or not. Instead, instructors must focus on how they can successfully use them inside and outside classrooms to support learners (Parette et al., 2009)

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5/14/2014

Lectures aren't just boring, they're ineffective, too


Are your lectures droning on? Change it up every 10 minutes with more active teaching techniques and more students will succeed, researchers say. A new study finds that undergraduate students in classes with traditional stand-and-deliver lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail than students in classes that use more stimulating, so-called active learning methods.

“Universities were founded in Western Europe in 1050 and lecturing has been the predominant form of teaching ever since,” says biologist Scott Freeman of the University of Washington, Seattle. But many scholars have challenged the “sage on a stage” approach to teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses, arguing that engaging students with questions or group activities is more effective.

Source: http://news.sciencemag.org/education/2014/05/lectures-arent-just-boring-theyre-ineffective-too-study-finds

3/13/2014

Version 3.0 has been released


We are very pleased to let you know that we just released version 3.0 of PresentationTube Recorder. Now you can record and share widescreen 16:9 video presentations, capture desktop activities, and much more. PresentationTube Recorder is a simple tool designed to help instructors, students and business professionals record their PowerPoint presentations from the comfort of home or office, and without the need to have Internet connection while recording. The Recorder synchronizes presenter's audio and video, PowerPoint slides, drawings, handwritten words and generate videos ready for uploading to PresentationTube network. With visual aids, like the drawing board, presenters can draw lines, curves, graphs, and shapes on the screen to emphasize or clarify their ideas, so the demonstration can be clearer. The whiteboard helps presenters to type text while presenting using the keyboard making it an ideal tool to add more details, or explain equations using words, numbers, and symbols. 

3/01/2014

The Development and Evaluation of a Network for Producing and Sharing Video Presentations

Abstract

This paper describes the technology and methodology used in the development and usability evaluation of a network, named PresentationTube, to help faculty members at Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman, produce and share quality video presentations for their students. The network offers a desktop application for recording video presentations and an online platform to share presentations online. The recorder allows faculty members to narrate and annotate PowerPoint slides and synchronize a variety of visual aids, including webcam footage, whiteboard, drawing board, and web browser. The platform uses YouTube API to upload and integrate videos with scrollable slide thumbnails. Quantitative and qualitative techniques including, quality of video presentation rubric, usability questionnaire, instructors’ interview and students’ perspectives to video presentations questionnaire were implemented to collect data and report on the usability of the network and effectiveness of video presentations. The results of usability evaluation showed that the network was perceived by instructors (n=31) and students (n=218) as effective, efficient, and relevance for self- production and sharing of video presentations. In addition, video presentations (n=187) produced by participants met the criteria of quality of video presentations. Directions for future research and system development are suggested in this study. 

For more details please contact Dr. Alaa Sadik
alaasadik@presentationtube.com

2/24/2014

دمج برزنتيشن تيوب مع يوتيوب كمنصة تفاعلية لرفع و مشاهدة و مشاركة عروض الفيديو التقديمية



بعد ما يقرب من عام علي تطوير و إطلاق شبكة برزنتيشن تيوب لتسجيل و مشاركة عروض الفيديو التقديمية، و التي تم 
تطويرها في جامعة السطان قابوس بسلطنة عمان تحت إشراف الدكتور علاء صادق، أستاذ تكنولوجيا التعليم بقسم تكنولوجيا التعليم و التعلم، تم اليوم رسمياً دمج الموقع كمنصة تفاعلية لرفع و مشاهدة و مشاركة عروض الفيديو التقديمية عبر موقع يوتيوب الشهير باستخدام واجهة برمجة التطبيقات (API).

تمثل هذه الخطوة تطور تقني و اقتصادي هام للموقع بعد زيادة عدد مستخدمي و مطوري العروض في الموقع بشكل كبير و ازديادة تكلفة استضافة و بث عروض الفيديو وكذلك للإستفادة من الخدمات المتميزة في استضافة و بث أفلام الفيديو عبر تقنيات يوتيوب المتطورة و المجانية.

يتميز هذا الدمج بإتاحة الفرصة للمستخدمين بتسجيل عروضهم باستخدام التطبيق المجاني الذي يقدمه الموقع و رفع ملفاتهم مباشرة إلي يوتيوب عبر منصة برزنتيشن تيوب و الإستفادة من الطريقة المبتكرة التي تقدمها المنصة بدمج شرائح العرض القابلة للتصفح مع الفيديو لتمكن المستخدم من مشاهدة مقطع الفيديو المرتبط بالشريحة و التحكم في مدة و كيفية العرض.

يذكر ان منصة برزنتيشن تيوب متوافر باللغتين العربية و الإنجليزية و وصل عدد مستخدميها في المنطقة العربية فقط إلي أكثر من 5000 مستخدم في عدة شهور فقط. للمزيد

2/23/2014

The Importance of Video Presentations



Video presentations  present a unique opportunity for educators deliberating where and how to invest their limited resources to support strategic academic priorities. Given its documented contributions to student learning and satisfaction, the move to use video presentations is becoming commonplace. Instructors are using video presentations to:

• Support comprehensive plans to improve graduation rates
• Offer remote learning during emergencies and campus closures
• Recruit and retain top talent
• Drive distance learning programs

Adapted from: Echo360 Final Report 2014

2/22/2014

Why PresentationTube?


Many barriers are facing the selection and development of quality e-content in the Arab region. Many of these barriers could be avoided through rapid e-learning development networks that easily encourage teachers to produce and share quality e-content themselves. PresentationTube network highlights the importance of considering the potential possibilities that online videos present when deciding how to support recent e-learning communities in the Arab region.

PresentationTube project offers a video presentation recorder and video sahring platform to encourage school and university teachers in the Arab region produce and sahre quality video presentations in an easy-to-use and innovative way. The recorder automates the process and ensures that teachers only need minimal technical knowledge and spend no additional time creating materials. It allows teachers to synchronize a variety of visual aids, including presenter’s audio and video footage, PowerPoint slides, text, drawings, and web content. The platform integrates many new and interactive features, allowing the learner to learn from videos easily, move to the respective video content, and control both the time and progress of video presentation. Within few months, the project received a considerable regional recognition with 6,000 subscribers and more than 500 video presentations in all subjects.

The network is developed and maintained by Dr. Alaa Sadik. Dr. Sadik received his Ph.D. degree in educational technology from the University of Hull, UK, in 2003. Between 2003 and 2005, he worked as a learning resources consultant in the Partners for Competitive Egypt (PfC) project, funded by the USAID Egypt. Currently, he is an assistant professor of educational technology at the Department of Instructional & Learning Technology, College of Education, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman. He has published more than 25 papers in visual literacy, online learning, & technology integration into the curriculum, particularly in developing & Arab countries. Dr. Sadik has provided many conference presentations, workshops, & keynotes in many countries, like Egypt, Oman, UK, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Spain, Malaysia, Cyprus, Sri Lanka & Turkey.
Contact Dr. Alaa Sadik
Web: www.alaasadik.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/alaasadik
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/pub/alaa-sadik