Screencasting (CSLA, November 20, 2009)


How-To Demos



Best Practices

Preparation is key if you want your screencast to remain relevant for some time.

Pre-Planning Stage

Recording Stage

    • If you can get it in one take--awesome! If not, don't worry because it does get easier with practice.

    • Be sure to review your screencast at least once to make sure you got the recording you wanted.

Post-Production Stage

    • Save your screencast file

    • Upload to a service that you can share your screencast with. Many of the sites offer free and low-cost hosting

What is Screencasting?

According to Wikipedia, "a screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, often containing audio narration" Screencasting. (2004, July 22). In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved April 26, 2009, from

Why Use Them?

    • Visual

    • Auditory

    • Kinesthetic (when using hybrid simulations constructed in Adobe Captivate)

Ways Screencasts Can Be Used With Students

    • Tutorials/demonstrations

    • How-Tos

    • Digital Storytelling

    • Narrated, web-based presentations (read:Powerpoint)

Screencasting Tools


    • Wink (Windows & Linux x86)



10 Fast Tips

  1. Keep it short & concise.

  2. Credit licensed media as you go.

  3. Choose a generic file format. (Not all hosts accept Flash)

  4. Offer iPod versions.

  5. Consider using captioning to offer subtitles or translations.

  6. Add your brand/logo to title slides.

  7. Remember the 100 MB limit of most hosts.

  8. Reduce file size by only recording an area of your desktop.

  9. Post your screencasts on Facebook & other social sites.

  10. Have fun

(Source: Kroski, E. (2009, February). That's Infotainment!. School Library Journal, 55(2), 40-42. Retrieved May 1, 2009, from Professional Development Collection database.)

Screencasting Sites & Resources