Monday, December 28, 2015

Screencasts - Powerful Teaching and Learning Tools

Screencasting can be a powerful way to share resources and allow students to share their learning. Students can use screencasts to visually and verbally demonstrate learning. Screencasts are great tools to engage learners in student-centered learning environments.

Screencasting in the Classroom
  • Students record how they use the web to research a concept.
  • Students create a presentation based on web resources. 
  • Students can create flipped tutorials to share with classmates.
  • Students can review key concepts presented by a teacher in a blended learning model.
  • Teachers can use screencasts to provide feedback on digital activities. 
  • Students can review a website or online reading.
  • Students can explain their thought process as they create a diagram or mind map. 
  • Students can record and narrate a traditional slide-based presentation. 
There are many great screencasting tools, here are a few of our web-based favorites for Chromebooks and Chrome
  • Screencastify
    Screencastify is a simple video screen capture software (aka. screencast recorder) for Chrome. It is able to record all screen activity inside a tab, including audio. Just press record and the content of your tab is recorded. So you can easily create a screencast for video tutorials, record presentations etc. It also supports desktop capturing, allowing you to record anything on your screen (not just tabs).
  • Nimbus
    Capture the web page, either part of it or the whole browser window, edit your screenshots in a very user-friendly interface. Record screencasts - record video from your screen.
  • WeVideo
    Record your computer's screen with WeVideo's Screen Capture Tool.
  • Explain Everything
    Explain Everything™ Interactive Whiteboard brings together an interactive screencasting whiteboard and a content discovery portal. Dynamic and easy-to-use interactive screencasting whiteboard
  • Screencast-O-Matic
    Use their world famous recorder to record on-screen activity for short tutorials, visual presentations, and communicate while you demonstrate!
iPad Screencasting Apps
How would you use screen casting to support learning in your classroom?