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Screencasts are online instructional videos created by capturing your own computer screen in motion. Generally consisting of both video and audio, Screencasts are an excellent way to differentiate instruction and present information for viewing asynchronously. This dynamic tool is also responsible for the start of the "Flipped Classroom" movement and the Khan Academy by Salman Khan; and you too will be able to implement Screencasts and video creation skills to make instructional videos for reference and resource purposes.

Participants in this session will learn to use an online applet, Screencast-O-Matic to create screencasts that can be incorporated into a platform as a professional development resource.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this session, Participants will be able to:
  • Utilize the different features of Screencast-O-Matic to record a video
  • Fulfill the stepping stonesto a successful screencast
  • Create a screencast with working video and audio

I. Broadcasting Instruction (20 min)

What is Screencasting?

Screencast tools make a video of your computer's screen and any action you make while recording your screen. Videos of this kind can be used for a variety of educational purposes - everything from digital asynchronous tutorials, presentations, tech support, and learning assessments. Some screencasts include recording the face of the presenter, while others present only the voice and mouse movements. To get started,however, it is important to take one step at a time...

Stepping Stones to a Successful Screencast

            1. Outline goals for your video.What do you want your viewer to learn? What information are you trying to convey?
            2. Organize the video in a comprehensive, step-by-step fashion. Does the organization of you video make sense? Are you skipping back and forth between topics? Does the information progress in a steady fashion?
            3. Monitor your tone of voice and language. Are you pausing awkwardly in speech or using fillers such as "umm"? Are you presenting the information in a viewer-friendly tone? Who is your viewer? How would you like the information you are presenting to be presented to you? Are you using jargon that your viewer may not understand?
            4. Review and Edit. Did you cover all the steps you planned? Do you feel you reached your learning goal? Is your video easy to follow?
            5. Export and Broadcast. Where will you house your videos? How will viewers reach your videos.

For additional ideas and information, view my Tips and Tricks for Screencasting

II. Creating Your Own Screencast (45 min) Burn CDs plan.jpg

During this activity, you are going to create your own screencast for a Web tool tutorial, video presentation, or instructional video.

Feel free to play with our tool. When you are prepared with a screencast idea in mind, utilize to organize your thoughts and plan your video. Screencast presentations require organization and preparation to be successful. Sample organization of ideas are shown on the right.

If you have any questions navigating the Screencast-O-Matic program, or uploading you video, view the Screencast-O-Matic Tutorial.

For your Screencast:

  1. Determine the topic for your screencast. This can be a web tool tutorial, activity directions, or a creative presentation of information. There are many different and innovative uses for Screencast-O-Matic.
  2. Define a goal for your screencast, as well as the steps and/or information you need to cover to reach the goal.
  3. Reflect on your Audience.Create a general idea of how you will present information, taking into consideration your tone of voice, language, and video persona. I suggest you do not write a strict script, for it is difficult to follow while recording, and can make you, the presenter, look unnatural. I simply follow my graphic organizer to keep me on track! Or if you feel a script would be better, write it as if you were talking, so that your words will appear natural.
  4. Open any files, programs, or windows you plan to use in your screencast. Close everything else. If you are recording a website on your computer screen, I suggest you full-screen the browser to hide the navigation bar.
  5. Open the screencast tool, Screencast-O-Matic.Check all the settings, and start practicing!
  6. Record and save your screencast.
  7. Upload and link your screencast.
  8. Share you Screencast: NCLTI Screencast Posts

Meet our Tool: Screencast-O-Matic

Benefits of Screencast-O-Matic
1. Doesn't require log-in to use.
2. Provides free storage for recordings.
3. Ability to download videos in different file types onto computer, or upload videos directly to YouTube.
4. Free video recordings up to 15 minutes.
5. No limit to amount of videos produced.
6. HD quality recordings.
7. Some editing features.

Reflection (10 min)

Questions to Consider

  1. Explain how you plan to use screencasting in your future work.
  2. Define and reflect upon the essential elements of a screencast, and any additional elements you plan to add in your own screencasts.
  3. Reflect on the limitations of a screencast.
  4. Define a few pedagogical methods you plan to employ with a screencast, and how you plan to put them in action.

Share your thoughts on Twitter! #tpackextra

IV. Conclusion

Screencasts offer a great way to provide asynchronous, differentiated instruction. Viewers can stop, rewind, and jump ahead in the screencast video to direct their own learning at their o'wn pace. With a focused content and defined plan to provide instruction, the screencast technology becomes the vehicle for instruction, connecting the presenter with potentially limitless viewers - a perfect example of the TPACK model in action.

Additional Tools for Screencasting

Online tools
Helpful Hardware
  • USB microphone (if computer microphone gives poor quality)
  • USB webcam (if one is not built into your computer)


Khan Academy. (n.d.). A free world-class education for anyone anywhere. Retrieved from Khan Academy website:

Sugar, William, Abbie Brown, and Kenneth Luterbach. "Examining the Anatomy of a Screencast: Uncovering Common Elements and Instructional Strategies." International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning 11.3 (2012): 1-20. Web. 6 Aug. 2012. <>.

Image Copyright:

Gliffy image by Brittany Burns

Final video production:

Apple Computer image courtesy of Getty Images

Stepping Stones image courtesy of Time Green

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