Screencasting (CSLA, November 20, 2009)
Preparation is key if you want your screencast to remain relevant for some time.
Write a script. This will help make sure you (and your students) know what the screencast will be about.
Storyboard Your Screencast
Step-by-step helps make the process much more smooth
Prepare your web browser
Eliminate any unnecessary tool bars
Close out all tabs
Find a quiet location. (OK--I realize that this doesn't exactly work with kids in a computer lab, but do your best)
Find a decent microphone or headset/mic combo
Walk through the steps of your screencast at least one time so you'll feel more prepared.
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.
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 packages.www.screencast.com
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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screencast.
Why Use Them?
Kinesthetic (when using hybrid simulations constructed in Adobe Captivate)
Ways Screencasts Can Be Used With Students
Narrated, web-based presentations (read:Powerpoint)
Also screen capture and mark up/annotate
Wink (Windows & Linux x86)
Keep it short & concise.
Credit licensed media as you go.
Choose a generic file format. (Not all hosts accept Flash)
Offer iPod versions.
Consider using captioning to offer subtitles or translations.
Add your brand/logo to title slides.
Remember the 100 MB limit of most hosts.
Reduce file size by only recording an area of your desktop.
Post your screencasts on Facebook & other social sites.
(Source: Kroski, E. (2009, February). That's Infotainment!. School Library Journal, 55(2), 40-42. Retrieved May 1, 2009, from Professional Development Collection database.)