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
- 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.
- This is a computer application with lots of bells and whistles. It also costs $99 for the Mac and $299 for the PC.
Making it Happen in Your Classroom
- What is the purpose of the screencast?
- How will student access the screencast? Posted on ...
Plan your screencast. "See Tips For A Successful Screencast"Choose your screencasting tool.Record.Save your screencast in Google Drive, YouTube, or web-based app cloud storage?Post for students to access.
- Google Classroom, class website, instructions page (Doc), YouTube playlist, etc.
Instructional Techniques Tips For A Successful Screencast
Academic Skill Development
- 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.
Technical 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
- 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
- “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!