Lately, I’ve been getting really deep into Screencasting, in particular for my English Language Learners and special ed students. I know it’s been around, and we’ve all heard about it, but finding resources out there that make it concrete can be hard.
So what is Screencasting?
Screencasting is a digital recording, also known as video screen capture, that also includes audio. According to Kathy Schrock, “Screencasting is the capture all of the action on a computer screen while you are narrating.”
There are many reasons to use screencasts in your teaching and assessing. Screencasts…
In particular, screencasting helps to address some of the needs of our EL and SPED populations because it…
Although I’ve never found a definitive list, I thought I’d compile just some of the things I tell students and also remind myself prior to recording a screencast:
There are many screencast programs out there, and I’ve tried a lot of ‘em. Here are those I recommend for different reasons:
Screencast-o-matic – clunky but free.
Google Hangout – free and can you can include multiple people in on the fun
OneNote – Microsoft’s product
Screenflow – paid, but affordable, user-friendly, and sexier
Screencastify – this is free through the Chrome webstore and it’s the one I use primarily with the students at school
Screencasting is an engaging strategy focused on communication that embraces both the student voice and technology. We all know that if a student isn’t engaged, then that student will not be learning as deeply as they can be. Screencasting has allowed me to encourage more independent learning and personalized assessment.
So how can you use screencasting in your own practice?
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