If you are interested in the idea of screencasting, here are a few apps and websites that support such video recording.

  • Known for its user-friendly format, Educreations is a free, recordable, interactive whiteboard app that captures voice and handwriting to produce highly-effective video tutorials. Once published, lessons can be viewed through a mobile device or desktop computer. For more information about Educreations, watch their app launch here.
  • ScreenChomp is another free app and performs similarly to Educreations.
  • A more advanced option for the veteran-screencaster would be Explain Everything. Purchase it for $2.99 as an individual, or receive an education discount for 20+ copies @ $1.49 each. Equipped with all of the features mentioned above, what sets this application apart from the others is its capability to animate drawings or images, and attach presentations within a lesson.
  • Screencast-o-matic works on both Windows and Mac operating systems and includes a free version. It allows you to highlight text, insert click indicators, easily add captions, and more. Users especially appreciate the fact that there is no application to download.
  • Another free site to consider is Jing. Allowing one to share ideas instantly, Jing enhances fast-paced online conversations by creating images and videos of exactly what you see on your computer screen.

To learn more about how to use screencasts in your classroom, visit THEN v. NOW…Print Screens v. Screencasting.

For more technology tools and resources follow Nadine Gilkison (Smekens Education Digital Resource Designer) on www.fttechtips.com or @nadinegilkison on Twitter.

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