What is screencasting? (#7)

“Screencasting” is a method of capturing the actions performed on a computer, including mouse movements and clicks on web browser links, in the form of a video.  Using online screencasting tools, the video can be shared via e-mail attachment or a web link, or be uploaded to a server for continual use. Screencasts may also contain audio narration which is recorded simultaneously with the actions are performed on screen or added after the video is completed. Additionally, still images of the computer screen, or “screen shots,” may include captions, highlighting or call-out boxes to draw the user’s eye to a specific place on the image.

Screencasting is a quick and easy-to-use tool that can help you create slick demonstration tutorials in any subject area, using any computer application. The software allows you to record a movie of what you are doing on a computer.  Along with your movie, you can record voice-over audio to provide a series of instructions.

Consider the possibilities. Students in math class can generate tutorials on how to solve problems. Students in Social Studies can create tours through the National Archives or any museum. Science students can be guided through simulation exercises. Teachers can demonstrate step-by-step instructions on how to get started with any software application. Screencasting can be used with any computer application and in any subject area.

Here’s an example of a young student using a screencast to explain proportions:


Once your screencast “movies” are recorded, they can be published in a variety of ways. They can be embedded in other media such as PowerPoint slides or iMovie. Content can be burned onto cd’s that students can take at home and share with their families.

 12 Screencasting Tools for Creating Video Tutorials [Link]


Carr, A., & Ly, P. (2009). “More than words”: screencasting as a reference tool. References Services Review , 37 (4), 408-420.


2 thoughts on “What is screencasting? (#7)

  1. Screencasting is a powerful tool that anyone can use for many reasons. You could use it to create tutorials for teachers and students or your students could use it do projects. Really anything you can do on a computer can be screencasted, so really the world is your limit with this technology. The best part about screencasting is when the videos have been created you will always have those videos. Yes, it does take time to create the wheel, but when the wheel is created you can use it over and over again.

    I really like how this teacher use screencasting:

    I would often use a screencast before taking my students to the lab, so that they could see what we were going to do in the lab. I would upload my screencasts to a YouTube channel which then automatically showed up in an embedded player on my class website. It was really nice in the lab because the students could be working at their computers and they could refer to my screencast if they couldn’t remember how to accomplish the task. Essentially, it allowed me to “replicate” myself so that I could give more personal attention to those students who needed it while the other more capable students could refer to the screencast if they needed assistance (Talmadge, 2011).

    What a great way to use this technology. Students will now always have a reference point when the get stumped and it allows the teacher to focus on more important things in the classroom. Also if the student gets stumped at home they can go to this teachers webpage and still get help from the teacher. This is a win-win situation if you ask me. 🙂

    Talmadge, J. (2011, January 10). Technology for the new year: Screencasting in the classroom. Retrieved from http://justintalmadge.com/technology-for-the-new-year-screencasting-in

  2. I just used this! I did a screen cast for our webinar. It was really nice and easy to do. I really didn’t like having to use my own voice, so I am hoping to combine another program that I can use a different voice and do a screen cast. It was just so easy!
    I think this is a great idea! I highly recommend using it.

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