Why do teachers need to know about screencasts?
Screencasts are short videos created by classroom teachers to deliver information/instruction that can be stored on a teacher blog/ web page. Students can access the screencasts for a “flipped lesson”, classroom lessons (scaffolding for PBL), remediation, homework help, etc. Students may better respond to instructional videos from their teacher instead SchoolTube, TeacherTube, YouTube, Khan Academy, LearnZillion. Bloggers on the internet are calling this activity ‘e-learning’.
Some examples of screencast web sites that I like to use is:
- Screencast-o-matic (web site) Here is a How To video on how to use.
- Jing (software download)
- Educreations (web site)
- NEW: Screenr (web site)
I like the ones I listed above because… they are FREE! Each site will take your money for extra memory, etc… BUT you can do what you need with the free versions.
There are SOOO many screencast web sites and programs out on the web. Try one and see if it works for you. If it doesn’t, try another. Do not feel the pressure to be an expert in several programs/web sites.
Screencasts should be short and to the point. They should be image rich and informative. Have your resources, pictures, examples, and a reliable script ready before you start. If you are a Newbie… and you know Power Point… you can always start with voice over Power Points for your students. If you have SMART Notebook software, you can record your lesson using your SMART Notebook software.
The only trick that I am still trying to work out is how to have the videos accessible from ANY device in a BYOD classroom…. I will update this page and I discover and learn more.
Here is more info. in the new web page added to the list above. Screenr is a web-based screen recorder that makes it really easy to create and share screencasts. There is nothing to install or download (always a plus!), you can record on a Mac or PC, the video plays on all devices, and it is totally FREE! Just click the record button, capture your screen and voice (if you want) and then share the link or download the video to use in other programs. I downloaded my finished screencast so that I could make a little video in Keynote with our words.
Examples of Screencasting Websites for Students:
Mathster Vakkas – Math Videos
If you have tried the four tools that I have listed above and are interested in trying something different, you will like the following link.