Screencasting is when one uses software to record a voice-narrated movie while the computer screen is also displayed. Utilizing this in the classroom can be a helpful way to increase student understanding of a specific task, activity or assignment. It’s also a great way for students or teachers to explain concepts.
An important step is to ensure that you are using a computer with good graphic capabilities and that your microphone is audible. While there are many options for screencasting, we’ll focus on three:
1) Jing – install needed, send a HelpDesk ticket. Free version saves files in Adobe flash format (.swf)
2) Screenr – post directly to your Twitter account so you can share them easily.
3) Screencast-o-matic – allows upload to SOM, YouTube, Export as an .mp4, .avi, .flv or add more to the video.
Screencasting can be an effective tool in the classroom for both teacher and student created projects. For teachers, it can provide extra support for students by demonstrating specific difficult concepts and can easily be posted online. For students, it’s a great way for them to learn a concept by highlighting it in a video. You can also screencast on an interactive whiteboard while using the IWB tools to outline concepts. And remember to save good videos to use with future classes – no need to reinvent a video when it’s already done!
Examples to use in core curriculum:
• Record how to write a specific style of poetry.
• Students can record themselves in midst of editing their work. It’s a great way to have them talk through the learning process. Give them some powerful questions to aid in their discussions.
• Either on the IWB or an online drawing program (such as Tuxpaint or Sumopaint), students can record showing their work in a problem solving activity. Once recorded these videos could be used to assist other students.
• Take your videos and upload them to a class website so if a student needs to refer to them outside of school hours, they can.
• Lead students through a particular science website and add a critical challenge to enhance the learning.
• Through digital storytelling, have students talk through their gathered information.