Prior to this point, I have not been exposed to screencasting from a users perspective. I have however, watched several screencasts and wasn’t even aware of the work behind it! Examples of this are hair styling tutorials, step by step cooking directions and videos for online classes including this one! I am very thankful for screencasting because it offers a variety of benefits depending on both the purpose and the user. I may use screencasts to catch up on lectures that I missed, while my younger sister may need directions on how to make a recipe. Either way, we are both utilizing screencasts and as I prepare to make one of my own, I am excited to see what goes on behind the scenes of these tutorial videos!
Here is an example of a screencast:
Screencasting can be defined as a digital recording of what is on your computer screen with a narrating voiceover. Simply put, it is a way to capture anything that is displayed on your computer screen. Screencasting has several benefits when used correctly. Specifically, for educational purposes screencasting makes class time more productive for both teachers and students. Because topics can be discussed online, teachers have the freedom to dive deeper into certain issues or answer more questions during class time. In so many words, it takes the pressure off of trying to cover and absorb everything in class. Screencasting makes lectures reviewable and reusable which is a great tool for both educators and the students who may have been present during class (or absent) and want to review what was covered.
Another educational purpose for screencasting is feedback. When students submit work, I could create a screencast for each of them to give them a response that they could access repeatedly. Similarly, if I have a student who I know will be absent ahead of time, I can create a screencast specifically for them that will cover what they miss during class.
Screencasting also provides more time in which students can work collaboratively in groups. As a teacher I may use this feature with my students to complete group work. In addition, this technology helps to engage students in learning and gives them knowledge of content before class. In the case that I want my students to have some prior knowledge before a discussion, I can create a screencast for them to view so they are prepared to give feedback and ask clarifying questions.
These are just a few of the many benefits of using this educational tool. With the ideas from the videos, I can imagine several instances where screencasting would be helpful in class. Because a wide audience can view these links, parents could also benefit from screencasting just as much as their children!
Different sources for screen casting