Redefine Student Learning
through Screencasting
The SAMR Model

Screencasting Lessons for Blended Classroom

You can create your own screencast video tutorial lessons or presentations for students so they can access your subject content 24-7 to watch a lesson if they are absent or just need to review on their own time.  You can assign videos for homework so students can get instruction, then spend more class time answering questions and working with small groups. It also benefits the teacher to free up time to work individual groups or students.  A great way to "clone" yourself- for the sake of time.  You  could even create QR codes of your videos and put them on worksheets so students can get review while working.

Navonia Thomas- Algebra Teacher at YWLA using Educreations
to create math video lesson

Benefits of Teacher Screencasts

Students can watch videos 24-7 on any device that has Internet.  This allows students to watch if they are absent or need to review material. These are also great for tutorials where students need remediation on different objectives.

Teachers can also take turns making videos and share with their team. This lightens the workload on teachers and also enables students to receive instruction from different teaching styles. See teacher video examples by YWLA staff.

Student Screencasts

Students can demonstrate their learning and even create tutorials for their peers.

Solving Integers by Amy Phan (6th grader at YWLA)

Paper Slide Video- How to add fractions by Alexa Sayer (6th grader at YWLA)

Calculate Slope on a Graph Paper Slides Video by Kyndall Brown & Angelica Alvarez

iPad Screencasting Apps

Check out this list of screen casting apps on Thornton's  PBWorks Wiki.
Note: You can also search for videos created by other teachers within these apps

You can also use the iPad to record and use tools like Brainshark to narrate Powerpoints

Screencasting Steps

Step 1:  Decide on your objective/and audience

Step 2: Decide on your purpose- tutorial, directions, present information, examples

Step 3: Decide which iPad app to use (features, shapes, backgrounds,sharing options)

Step 4: Create a storyboard or pre-write your lesson. Double check the steps.

Step 5: Decide and download on images for video

Use camera to take pictures of worksheets, objects, posters and books
Example: Math worksheets

  • Take screenshot of images/webpages/graphics on iPad. These get saved to your camera roll. Just press the Home and Power button at the same time.

Note : Some of the newer apps like Adobe Voice only offer copyright safe images and also insert citation automatically for you.

Step 6: Publish your Screencast

Step 7:  Share your screencast video

Sharing Screencasts with Students

Share here about Learning Management Systems such as Edmodo, Schoology and Black Board Collaborate,

Video hosting sites like Teacher tube, Swivl Cloud (unlimited upload now)  Vimeo and  YouTube..... Several of these sites let you edit your videos and provide a URL link to share with students.  You can also place your video lessons on a blog, wiki or even embed using Discovery Education's  Assignment Builder.  Why you could even create a  Symbaloo Webmix or a Live Binder to house your videos if you want to start really simple. Both of these site provide a website URL for you to share with your students.

Reminder: Creating a YouTube Channel makes your videos available for your students, but remember, YouTube is blocked at school for any student using GISD WIFI on any  device logged in with their own credentials. It is only unblocked on teacher logins.

Free, Copyright Safe
Images, Videos and Audio to Use

You can use your own photos or downloaded images in your screencasts.  
Best tips for the iPad:  

1. Find your images first and save on your camera roll.
2. First, find your copyright safe images from any of the lists below.
3. You can save that image to the camera roll- or you can do a screenshot of the image           by Pressing Home + Power buttons at the same (which also saves it in the same                   location.)
4. Search for the photo or screenshot in your camera roll.

Image Resource List below

School Library Journal list of copyright safe images, video and audio.

Free, copyright safe Images list on Thornton's PBworks Wiki.

Free, copyright safe music resource list on Thornton's PBworks Wiki.

Kathy Schrock's Guide
Screencasting in the Classroom.

  • Website Link
  • Information
  • Rubrics
  • List of Applications and tutorials

Screencasting Tools to
Create  Videos on your Computer

  • Screenr- Free, Web-based Screencasting tool- works on Mac & PC
    Mac users- Use Safari Browser (must have Java updated)
  • 11 Free Online Screencasting Tools
  • 8 Free Video Tools For Teachers
    1. EzvidEzvid is a 100% free video creation tool that allows you to capture everything that appears on your computer screen. It also allows you to edit your recorded videos by splitting your recordings, inserting text and audio, controlling the speed and even drawing directly on your screen. There’s also a Gaming Mode specially designed for gamers to avoid black screen problems when recording games such as Diablo III and Call of Duty which are full screen games. You can save your edited videos for later use or you may directly upload them on YouTube.
    2. BlueBerry Flashback Express Recorder This recorder just, like other screencast tools, enables you to capture your screen while recording yourself through a webcam. It introduces quite a long list of features that will let you edit videos like a pro. BB Flashback Express Recorder also has a very easy user interface that allows you to decide what area of your screen you would like to capture and whether to record sound and web activity or not. Another good thing about it is that you can have scheduled recordings so you wouldn’t have to miss online events. It also includes a player which works like a VCR and allows you to review your recording frame-by-frame.
    3. ScreenrScreenr is a web-based screen recorder. Yes, you read it right. It’s web-based so that means, you wouldn’t have to install it on your computer but it requires Java to run. Screenr allows you to easily capture your screen by logging on to their website, clicking on the record button and keeping it open while you are capturing your screen activity. Keep in mind that you only have a maximum of 5 minutes per recording. Files are saved on the site. When you’re finished, you’ll be given a link that can be easily shared by email or can be embedded on websites. It’s absolutely free, works on both MAC and PC and will work even on your iPhone.
    4. Rylstim Screen Recorder Rylstim is a very simple and easy to use Screen Recorder which, aside from capturing your screen, also allows you to record events happening on the monitor including right and left clicks. It has a minimalistic and intuitive interface but supports multiple CODECs. You can also customize the video frame rates. Rylstim Screen Recorder works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows
    5. Krut Krut is a screencast tool that works in almost any Operating system and requires Java to run. It’s a very simple program with only 3 basic controls: Record, Snap for still pictures, and the Arrow button used to adjust the borders of your recording area. It’s very minimalist without all those complicated features that other screencast tools offer, but it can be powerful too because of some additional features such as timer-controlled recording. You can also use it for recording streaming video and audio.
    6. CamStudioCamStudio is a pretty straightforward program that lets you record your screen and audio and produce outputs in AVI or SWF format. It enables annotation such as text and call out inserts and even provides you some cursor options such as default, hidden or highlighted, which should be carefully laid out prior to recording. You have some video options too which lets you control compression, frame rates , quality and time lapse but aside from that, you can’t really do much with the video because it doesn’t include editing capabilities.
    7. Webineria Webineria is an open-source easy-to-use screencast tool which lets you capture your screen activity and do “picture-in-picture” video by adding your webcam stream. It provides you 3 frame rate options: 5, 10 and 15 frames per second and outputs can be produced in either AVI or FLV format. It has built in features too that let you adjust the boundaries of your record area, use hotkeys to pause and resume recording. Outputs are saved on the site and can be shared via email links or embedding on websites.
    8. Screen-O-MaticScreencast-O-Matic is a screencast tool which has both web-based and desktop versions. It’s very easy to use and will run so long as you have Java installed on your computer. It has free video hosting and allows you to record your screen or both your screen and webcam. You may also publish your output directly to YouTube. The free versions of Screencast-O-Matic has limited features though. For instance, there’s a 15-minute recording time limit, there’s a small watermark when recording, it doesn’t allow webcam-only recording and it doesn’t allow you to zoom and annotate while recording.

Screencasting on the Mac with        Quicktime

Here is a screencast example I did on my Mac showing students how to use their Skyward Accounts.  Here's another one on How to use Discovery Education's Board Builder

Tools to Create
Student Interactive Screencasts