Friday, February 11, 2011

Screencasting: Enage Your Students!

How many of you know what a screencast is? Anyone? Anyone? OK, so maybe some of you have heard this term but are still unsure of what it means and perhaps some of you do know what screencasting is and maybe have even used it.  Well today's post will explain what screencasting is for those of you who don't know and today's post will give all of you, even the ones that have used screencasting, some more resources to do this.

Screencasting is just as the name implies.  A screencast is a video created of your computer screen showing you a step-by-step process or explaining something.  Perhaps you remember the post a while back that introduced Microsoft Outlook Web App.  This is a perfect example of a screencast:

OK, great! Now you're thinking I know what a screencast is, how do I make one!  Well, there are quite a few options out there! Here are just a few that you will want to check out:

  1. Screencast-o-matic
  2. ScreenCastle
  3. Screenjelly
  4. Jing
  5. ScreenToaster
  6. Screenr

Each of these services has a brief tutorial on their site that shows you step by step what you need to do to create a screencast.  My personal favorite right now is Screencast-o-matic since it allows you to export the file from the web to do with it what you like. The other services are great also!

If you want more ideas and explanations check out the two articles below:
How to Create a Screencast Like a Pro with These 6 Online Tools
Screencasting to collaborate or show off student work

Enjoy these awesome resources and engage your students!

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