What is a screencast?
A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, often containing audio narration. Just as a screenshot is a picture of a user's screen, a screencast is essentially a movie of the changes over time that a user sees on his monitor.
Why use a screencast?
Demonstrate and teach software features
- Demonstrate technology steps or processes
Possible Educational Applications of Screencasts
Provide "online tour" of Blackboard course
- Give personalized audio feedback on a project or technical document
- Show students how to perform a technical task
- Many, many more!
Examples of Screencasts
Free Screencasting Tools
How To Get Started with Screencasts
- Purchase or secure a headset microphone
- Select your screencasting tool of choice (Jing or Screenr recommended)
- Download/install the screencasting software
- Setup free account when prompted at jing.com
- Outline your demonstration
- Record your screencast (with Jing, limited to 5 mins.)
- Either save to your computer or publish to screencast.com
- Upload or embed in Blackboard
More Screencast Resources