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Technology In Practice

Tips For Teaching w/Technology

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Do you want help introducing a tech tool to your students?

Aidan, Kris & myself are more than happy to help introduce tech (remote, or IRL) to your class. We can also spend time, or an entire Digital Essentials class period helping your students, or supplementing an existing project in your curriculum!

If it makes sense for one of us to come in more than other (ex: Do you want Kris' database, or Sora expertise? Aidan's website building skills?) We can come into your class even if we don't regularly teach Digital Essentials in that grade. 

Just let us know as a team in advance, & we will work out the logistics.

We are also as excited as you are to help in a more significant way with interdisciplinary projects. Let's collaborate!

Manuela Aronofsky


About QuickTime:

QuickTime is a built-in app on your Macbook, with a few different purposes. It is probably the default video player that opens when you open a video file to play (like an mp4) on your Macbook. For this Libguide, I'll describe it's functionality & features as a basic video, and/or screencasting tool.
Screencasting is a great explaining tool, especially when you are trying to convey information asynchronously. It captures all of the movements happening on your screen, and in the case of QuickTime also allows simultaneous audio narration (so you can also explain with your voice what you are doing).
You can also use QuickTime from your Macbook to record yourself speaking, in a standard video format.

Technology Requirements:

Teachers can create QuickTime recordings on their school Macbook, or any Apple device (iPad, or iPhone). Instructions for screencasting from a mobile device are slightly different. QuickTime is proprietary to Apple iOS (so, it is not available on an Android, or Windows device).

Students can view QuickTime videos once they are shared with them on any device, because QuickTime screencasts become a video file once they are finished, and exported. Students can make QuicktTime screencasts themselves on iPads. Students cannot make QuickTime screencasts on Chromebooks. 

Here is a link with Technical Specifications for QuickTime listed!

Account Information:

You do not need an account to create a video, or screencast on QuickTime. It is a built-in app on your Macbook, so you just need to be signed into your Macbook to use it. Any videos, or screencasts created on QuickTime will save on your Macbook's internal storage (like your desktop, or downloads folder).
These video files can then be shared directly via Google Classroom, email, or any other platform that allows you to upload, or share files.

Creating a Screencast Video:

You can watch this Tutorial as a video, or view it at your own pace as a scrollable list of steps (Select "View it - List" and scroll down on the dropdown menu for this option.)

1 The first step is to open the Finder on your computer.

It should be on the dock on the bottom of your Macbook screen.

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2 Click Applications

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3 Doubleclick QuickTime Player

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4 Click the small red "X" to open the Applications pop-up.

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5 It can be a bit confusing, because nothing actually "opens," or "pops up." But you can tell QuickTime opened because at the top of your Macbook screen, the controls appear.

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6 To start a screencast, click File

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7 Click New Screen Recording

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8 Click Options

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9 Click MacBook Air Microphone

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10 If you want to record your entire screen, Click Record Entire Screen

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11 If you just want to record a part of your screen, Click Record Selected Portion. You can then select which part of your screen will be recorded.

Remember to hide, or close anything on your screen that you do not want recorded!

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12 When you are ready to screencast, Click Record

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13 Look for the small "Record" icon on the top of your screen, to make sure the recording has started.

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14 You can now open anything you want to be captured in your screencast, such as a browser window in Chrome, or Safari

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15 For example, this map of Montana! But you could record anything on your web browser, or computer screen.

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16 When you are done screencasting, Click the small "Record" icon on the top of your Macbook screen.

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17 When you stop recording, your video will automatically pop up on your desktop.

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Here's an interactive tutorial

Creating a Regular Video on QuickTime:

This is different from a screencast, in that it is a regular video showing your face, rather than capturing your computer screen.
Follow the steps above to open QuickTime, but instead of Selecting 'New Screen Recording'..
  • Click File, and Select "New Movie Recording"


  • Make sure your microphone is enabled by clicking the dropdown arrow next to the Record button, and selecting "MacBook Air Microphone"

  • Click the red "Record" button to start & stop your recording


Saving & Sharing Your Video: 

These steps are the same for both a QuickTime screencast, or regular QuickTime video.
You can watch this Tutorial as a video, or view it at your own pace as a scrollable list of steps (Select "View it - List" and scroll down on the dropdown menu for this option.)


1 When you stop recording your screencast, or video, it will automatically pop up on your desktop. To save, and rename it easily first Click the red X to "Close" the video

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2 Rename your video in the Export As box to reflect what your video is about - otherwise it will just be called "Untitled"

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3 Next to "Where," click Desktop (or wherever you would like to save your video), so you know where to find it

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4 Click Save

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5 Now you can upload your video file anywhere to share it. To upload it into Google Classroom, Click "Add File" in the assignment.

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Here's an interactive tutorial

Below are a few more "Frequently Asked Questions" that may help you use QuickTime in your teaching practice:

1. How do I capture mouse "Clicks" so that the viewer can see visually where on the screen I am clicking?
2. Why didn't my audio record? 

1. How do I capture mouse "Clicks" so that the viewer can see visually where on the screen I am clicking?
Before you start a new Screen Recording:
  • Click "Options," & select "Show Mouse Pointer"
  • Your mouse clicks will now be visible on screencasts

2. Why didn't my audio record? 
Make sure that your MacBook's microphone is enabled for QuickTime by following these steps:
  • Open 'System Preferences' on your Macbook

  • Click "Security & Privacy

  • Click "Microphone" on the left-hand menu, and make sure that "QuickTime Player" is checked

Here are a few ways you might use QuickTime as a lecture tool - record videos of...

  • Online tutorials (completing an exercise; signing up, or into an account)
  • Video lessons in which you are covering/navigating specific material on a website, or on a document
  • Yourself speaking! The nice thing about using QuickTime is that the video are automatically saved to your MacBook when you're done recording.

Below are examples of QuickTime in practice:

(Under construction! If you have any QuickTime videos you have used in your teaching practice, send them my way!)

Here are more resources from the QuickTime support pages:

​Do you have a specific QuickTIme question that you can't find the answer to?
Email Help Desk: with "App Request" in the Subject Line.