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Screencasting

Overview
Screencasting is a digital capture of the actions taking place on a computer (screen). This is often accompanied by a narration that guides the viewer.

Tools
Screencastify - A Chrome Browser Extension. It is free and allows you to easily upload to Google Drive or YouTube. Special feature = can include a webcam window.
WeVideo - An online video editor that has a built in screen recording tool. Special feature = ability to add photos, videos, text and more to your screencast.
Screencastomatic - A web-based tool. Has some extra features, but you have to keep your Java updated.
MoveNote - A web-based tool that lets you record a narration of Docs, Slides, Word files, PowerPoints, PDFs, etc. Advisory Note: Includes ads, $4.99 a month to remove.
Camtasia - This is a computer application with lots of bells and whistles. It also costs $99 for the Mac and $299 for the PC.
 

ELMO Doc Cam - To record video download and install the ImageMate software on PC or Mac. Image Mate Basic Instructions

Making it Happen in Your Classroom
Teacher Preparation
  1. What is the purpose of the screencast?
  2. How will student access the screencast? Posted on ... 
    • Google Classroom, class website, instructions page (Doc), YouTube playlist, etc.
  3. Plan your screencast. "See Tips For A Successful Screencast"
    • Where will  students 
  4. Choose your screencasting tool.
  5. Record.
  6. Save your screencast in Google Drive, YouTube, or web-based app cloud storage?
  7. Post for students to access.


Instructional Techniques 

Content Delivery 
  • Big Idea: Teacher provides organized resources and recordings of class content to be viewed or listened to at home.
  • Creating content that is accessible at any time that can be paused and rewound. 
  • Students and parents can then access classroom content and go over it at their pace and on their schedule.  
Academic Skill Development
  • Big Idea: Essential academic skills that students need to master. 
    • It could be how to approach a specific type of math problem or how to write a thesis statement. 
  • Students can access these skills at later points in the class, at home or in class.
  • Example: Writing an AP World Thesis Statement
Technical Skill Development
  • Big Idea: When you are regularly using technology tools (web-based tools, computer applications, or device apps), some students may need extra AND repeatable guidance.
  • Students can watch a screencast on how-to-do a specific task 
  • Example: Google Drawing Basics
Tips For A Successful Screencast
  • “Set List”: Give yourself a visual of what you need to accomplish!
  • Organize: Have added materials arranged in the order you want & within reach.
  • Purposeful Bookends: Let the viewer know what will be accomplished. Give a final thought to wrap up.
  • Effective Pause: Tell them to stop and get caught up!
  • Less is More: Three good 1-2 minute screencasts for 3 different skills better than one 5-minute screencast with several different “thoughts”
  • Start Small & Safety In Numbers: Develop some simple screencasts. What works and doesn’t? Refine and continue as year progresses. And, divvy up the work! It’s shareable!