Activity 6: Screencasting
Screencasting is becoming an incredibly useful in explaining concepts and creating useful learning objects on the fly for use with online courses and even in classrooms.
Steve Dotto at http://www.dottotech.com/ offers great ideas and support for using technologies.
- Check out live demos on Steve's site on screencasting
- Check out Steve's Screencasting Secrets Resource Page if you want to go further. If using a PC we recommend Camtasia - for Mac Screenflow.
If you just want to dabble... Here are some simple, free tools to explore:
- Jing is a program that creates images and videos of what is displayed on your computer screen while recording your voice. This video can then be shared with others by providing the link. Jing can be used to record feedback on student work or help a student learn a concept that they may be struggling with.
- Screencast-O-Matic is another free program for PC or Mac.
- WizIQ now offers video recording for teachers using PC computers. More info here. I have not tried it out yet, but let me know if it is any good!
For this activity you will need to download the Jing program or work with Screencast-O-Matic. You will record a short video and post it in your Moodle course or topic area. Your video does not need to be longer than one minute. Choose any topic that you would like related to your course topic, a few examples include:
- display and describe the course topic
- display and describe some pictures related to the topic
- teach a short lesson on a simple concept
- show how to navigate a website related to the topic
If you wish to explore other free recording tools, including ones that work with Chromebooks, check out the following links. Warning, I have not tested these myself!
Chromebooks and screencasting:
Other posts with links:
Finally, check out the following videos for an overview of screencasting and using Jing and Screencast-O-Matic.