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What is a screencast?

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?

  1. Demonstrate and teach software features
  2. Demonstrate technology steps or processes

Possible Educational Applications of Screencasts

  1. Provide "online tour" of Blackboard course
  2. Give personalized audio feedback on a project or technical document
  3. Show students how to perform a technical task
  4. Many, many more!

Examples of Screencasts

Free Screencasting Tools

How To Get Started with Screencasts

  1. Purchase or secure a headset microphone
  2. Select your screencasting tool of choice (Jing or Screenr recommended)
  3. Download/install the screencasting software
  4. Setup free account when prompted at
  5. Outline your demonstration
  6. Record your screencast (with Jing, limited to 5 mins.)
  7. Either save to your computer or publish to
  8. Upload or embed in Blackboard

More Screencast Resources