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A screencast, also known as a video screen capture, is a recording created by a user featuring the computer screen on which s/he is working. A screencast often includes narration and is useful for demonstrating and teaching software features. In addition, at the bottom of this page, we have posts on using screencast as an assessment tool. Resulting videos can be embedded, uploaded to social networking sites or shared through email.
Link here for our archived screencast webinar
at the bottom of this page is the webinar slideshow
Why would I create a Screencast?
Clarifying Complex Concepts
Capture Critical Procedures
Convey Expert Knowledge
How do I go about creating a screencast?
Learning Goals –prior knowledge/need to know
Chunking – Introduce small bites at a time
Script – What to say and how to say it
Storyboard – Rough Sketch of how you will present topic
Set Design – Have all of the places you’ll go prepared
Shooting – Timing, Voice, Editing
Distribution – How and to whom
3. Internet Access
4. Webcam (optional)
Free Sources for Screencasting:
educreations (app for iPad)
Link here to learn about more free screencast tools!
1. Set up your computer and microphone, etc.
2. Open the program (screencastomatic.com) along with all the sites you will highlight (close anything private).
2. On Screencast-O-Matic hit
3. Pull capture box to desired size.
4. Hit the Record Button (red dot on the lower left)
5. Begin to record your narration, pausing where necessary to open new tabs, etc.
6. Once you like your screencast, save it to your computer (we have a lot of difficulty at our school saving direct to YouTube)
7. Upload to YouTube (or another video hosting site which provides a URL such as TeacherTube) and set privacy settings (optional)
8. Share where you like (private to students or public to everyone)
Rebecca Kelly - Joining wikispaces screencast through Microsoft Community Clips
Here is an example of a student project in which they were asked to create a screencast tutorial:
Here is an example of a student project in which they were asked to make a screencast product comparison:
Screencasting has been used as a form of assessment.
can review student work and create a screencast to respond to the work using video.
can take draft works and create video to communicate areas where they need clarification or have questions.
Aly Tapp blogged on her use of screencasting as assessment in this blog post
Here are Aly's example screencasts
Here is an example of how our library uses screencasts as a tutorial (for more: search YouTube for PaliPirate411)
Todd Silvius (
) taught all of his students in his Wilkes Graduate Course how to screencast. This is how they submit their work to him, regardless of what they're learning about that day/week in the Internet Literacy for Educators class. When they learn a new tool like twiddla or Bubbl he has the students screencast a tutorial as if they are sharing how to use the tool with a colleague for collaboration and/or web2.0'ing and he lets the students decide if they want to screencast a tutorial for their colleagues or a tutorial for their own students if they plan to use the tool of the week in their class.
Screenshots and 5 minute of video
Snagit and Camtasia
15 minutes of video are hosted and can be uploaded to youtube - can insert webcam; pausing available by keystroke
Pay Service – offers offline saving of screencast, as well as no limit on length
Download - MAC
Best for explaining program how-tos
Part of Smart Software
Installed with Smart
Most have Smart Software
Free - Microsoft Product
Microsoft Office Download
Record anything in your Chrome Browser.
Chrome Extension Link
Free Chrome Extension
See wikipedia for a more extensive
Helpful Screencasting Hints:
uploading to obtain a url:
once you create a screencast, you might find it helpful to upload the video to YouTube or another web source to obtain a URL (YouTube offers many privacy settings).
publicizing & making it available/curating:
once you create your screencast, you want to make it available on as many portals as you can. Upload the video to your website, your wiki or Google Site page, make it available to your community.
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