I know it has been a little bit between posts, but with Google Apps testing and a wicked allergy season blogging moved to the end of my to do list.
Anyway – today I am looking at easy ways to create screencasts for your students. Screencasts make excellent reviews or tutorials for students to access at home or on their on in class. This is also an essential tool if you ever think about flipping your classroom.
Screenr - http://www.screenr.com/ - Is a free service that is a web-based recorder. You can record your voice as the screen is recorded to create up to a 5 minute video. The size of the screen to be recorded can also be customized. The screencasts can be shared via link or by embedding them on a webpage with the provided embed code.
ScreenCast-O-Matic - http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/ - Allows for up to 15 minute videos and also allows the recorder to pause the screen and highlight the mouse. The video can be downloaded in a variety of formats and then can be loaded into Youtube so it can be embedded on your webpage.
ScreenCastle - http://screencastle.com – Click the record button and set the size of your screen before you begin recording. After recording the video is uploaded to their website and you are provided links to use or an embed code. Free and easy to use, although a little basic for me.
Jing - http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html?gclid=CKrqiuyhjK8CFUpjTAodRAHbFg - this is a great resource to create 5 minute videos based on what is happening on your screen and your voiceover. The user can determine what part of the screen they want to capture in either screen shots or video. Once done the video is in flash format and will need to be converted before loaded into Youtube. This does require a download, but the software is free.
I must say I am partial to Jing as I have the most experience with it, but it does require a download and frequent updates which can be a pain if you don’t have that type of access to your computer. What is your favorite?