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Author: Douglas Harvey

Student will be able to create a lesson that involves the use of screencasting as an integral part of the lesson.

Students will create a lesson for their chosen subject area and grade level that involves making a screencast with a technology tool.

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What is screencasting?

From Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything website:

"Screencasting is the capture all of the action on a computer screen while you are narrating. Screencasts can be made with many tools and are often used to create a tutorial or showcase student content mastery."

At Kathy Schrock's screencasting page, you can explore examples of the use of screencasts by teachers and students. She also lists several different tools available for creating your own screencasts - we will focus on two but I encourage you to try others if you wish. 

Ways to use screencasting

Check out some resources that might provide you with ideas of how educators can utilize screencasts as both a teacher-centered and student-centered tool:





Tools for Screencasting

While there are quite a few tools for screencasting, the two I recommend you use for this course are:

Screencast-o-matic - a web-based tool that is easy to use and allows you to output your screencast in several methods, including publishing to your YouTube channel or downloading as an mp4 file. With a free account you can record screencasts as long as 15 minutes. For $15 a year, you get unlimited time, plus other useful features.

Screencastify - Google's own screencasting solution, available as a Chrome browser extension. Completely free, it allows you to create screencasts and save them to your YouTube channel or your Google Drive account. The only limitation is you have to use the Chrome web browser.

Screencast-o-Matic How To

A simple example of how to use Screencast-o-Matic, a (mostly) free tool for making screencasts. One note - this instructor is demonstrating how to make a screencast of PowerPoint slides - you are not limited to showing PowerPoint slides! Go beyond slides alone, and remember you can record anything that is on the screen.

Screencastify How To

Screencastify is a Google Chrome extension that lets you create screencasts. You can download and install the extension using Google Chrome for free.