Screencasting is such an easy way to share information and create tutorials.

All of the challenges featured on Quick Tech By TM, utilize screencasts to teach you about the featured tools and resources. Screencasting is great for sharing notes with students, creating how-to’s and tutorials or for recording information for students when you will be out of school. In this challenge, I will share two awesome screencasting tools that are easy to use and will quickly make you feel like a pro at creating your own videos!

And just a note before you watch the videos below, I apologize for the microphone quality, as I was using a plug in USB mic that captures every breath you take! But I know you’re not here to judge, so thank you in advance!


Challenge: Each of the videos below feature one screencasting tool that I regularly use to create videos of my computer screen. The first tool, Screencast-o-matic, is for use with any PC, Mac, or regular laptop computer (it will not work with a Chromebook due to Java issues). The second tool, Screencastify, is a Chorme extension that works great with Chromebooks, PC, Mac, or a laptop. This extension allows you to save screencasts to Google Drive or upload them directly to YouTube. After watching the videos, choose one of the two screencasting tools and practice making a screencast that explains how to do something. Once you have created a video that you are happy with, share the link to the video in the discussion forum, under the Web Tools & Resources channel. Be sure to choose that channel and give your post a title that includes the term screencasting.

*A note about this video…I accidentally mentioned that you can use the webcam for a Chromebook. This is not the case, as Screencast-o-matic doesn’t work for recording on a Chromebook.



Challenge Yourself Further: Using one of the screencasting tools featured in this challenge, create a screencast to share with your students. This screencast can explain how to use/do something, give information or explain notes, etc. Once you are done with your screencast, share it with your students and ask for their feedback on this type of instructional tool. Use the discussion forum (Web Tools & Resources channel) to share your reflections on using your screencast with your students and the feedback you are given.


Learn More @:

Screencasting in the Classroom – Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything screencasting page includes exntensive information on how to create awesome screencasts, tools to use for various types of devices and rubrics for grading student created screencasts.


Screencasting to Engage Learning – This article outlines what a screencast is and the benefits they provide for learning. The author also gives multiple tools for screencasting, ideas of how to begin the process of screencasting and helpful information for the flipped classroom technique.


Show, Don’t Tell: Screencasting – This article has awesome information about screencasting using Snagit for Chrome. There are good, helpful hints to prepare yourself and your environment for screencasting, as well as, suggestions for other tools to use with links.




Screencasting – Share Your Screen Through Easy To Create Videos
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