Screencasting is "a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, often containing audio narration" (from Wikipedia). At first, I saw it as a simple how to tool, then the more I explored, the more potential I saw.
Here are my top three Screencast benefits:
- Saves time. How many times have you stood in front of a class and given instructions on how to do something and then, minutes later been asked to show what you just demonstrated? I am going to hazard millions. Creating screencasts is a time saver since you don't need to re-explain - and students can pause when they are stuck or have a question!
- Helps me remember. There are things I do in my job that I learn and I know I will forget. Now, while someone explains something I will need to reference later, I turn on my screencast tool of choice (Screencastify) and record what is happening on screen. A video is created that I can come back to and review later.
- Alternate presentation method. Having taught a lot of students with presentation anxiety, I am always looking for ways to present without being live. Have students narrate a screencast of a slide deck is a great way to do this.
I prepared this Screencastify HyperDoc a few months ago. If you are interested in exploring screencasting in more depth, check it out!