A screencast is a video made of the activity on your computer screen for the purpose of demonstration or communication.
How can you use screencasts in your classroom?
- How to videos
- Show a process or series of actions and are often easier to follow than written instructions.
- Show students your own thought processes as your read and mark-up a text
- Show how to determine if a website or article is a quality source
- Student feedback
- You can use a screencast as a way of commenting on an electronically submitted student paper, highlighting and adding notations on your screen at the same time. (saving paper too!)
Are there more possibilities?
There are a lot of creative ways to use screencasting software to teach and engage students and parents. I especially like the Get Inspired! web page on Tech Smith’s website.
Jing (free, small download) http://www.techsmith.com/jing/
SnagIt (record your screen and yourself!) http://www.techsmith.com/snagit-customer-stories.html
Camtasia (can be expensive, but is very detailed) http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia/
Screencast-o-matic (free, no download) http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/
Adobe Captivate (high cost, very detailed) http://www.adobe.com/products/captivate.html
Screenr (free! really easy to use as an online tool) http://www.screenr.com/
SO MANY MORE…
Videos I have made
Jing – a video I made for my master’s portfolio http://screencast.com/t/A4x9sjQ8dLZ3