Screencasting

What is screencasting ….?

A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, often containing audio narration. It is essentially a movie of the changes over time that a user sees on a computer screen, which can be enhanced with audio narration or written notes. This category of software is used for recording demonstrations, remote technical assistance, sales presentations, and training.

Click on the image below for an an example of how screencasting has been used in the Centre for Design & Technology Education at Sheffield Hallam University

Creo Video Tutorials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freeware

Freeware version – allows user to create screenshots and videos with audio up to 5 minutes long. Export format

http://www.techsmith.com/Jing/

Allows user to record screen actions with audio. Export format FLV / AVI MP4 with option to upload directly to YouTube account

http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/

Allows user to record screen actions with audio. Option to leave a message and post directly to YouTube, Facebook or Twitter or save as a MP4 file. You can also grab the URL or embed code to post on a blog. You will need to log in with your Twitter, Facebook, Google or Yahoo details.

http://www.screenr.com/

Proprietary

These have more functionality and allow longer video recordings which can the be edited.

          http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia/

          http:adobe.com/Captivate/

Potential Applications of Screencasting in Design & Technology

  • demonstrating the use of software features
  • providing student feedback
  • record comments while browsing student assignment on screen
  • supporting research projects
  • developing teaching & learning materials
  • screengrabs for use in information sheets;
  • creating video tutorials for compilation in (for example) Windows Movie Maker
  • collaborate on a design project
  • narrate a series of photos or drawings

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