Thursday, January 22, 2009

Screencasting and Mastery

I watched the video from Wesley Fryer's blog about a couple teachers that are using vodcasts, or screencasts as I prefer to call them, to deliver the lecture content to their students.

While using screencasts in this way is not a new idea, I wanted to draw your attention to the method of content mastery that they are using with their students. They have created a nice little system to better facilitate mastery of the subject matter.

The video is a little over 20 minutes but is worth watching as there are a lot of great ideas in it. This is especially true if you are unfamiliar with screencasting and the potential that it has for your classroom. The teachers also made mention of Moodle which is an open source CMS or content management system. Housing the screencasts within Moodle allows them to keep track of what the students are doing, when they are doing it, and a good general sense of how long they were engaged in each activity.

I noticed that the teachers used Snapkast to create their screencasts. There are some other products out there that will allow you to create similar recordings and each one works a bit differently. Here are just a few to consider along with Snapkast.

This video truly provides a great example of how technology can be used to facilitate  excellence in the classroom. Technology really can work together with traditional settings to enhance learning. Checkit out and try somethig new today.


  1. May i suggest another tool ?

    ScreenToaster -

    ScreenToaster is a free web-based screen recorder designed to capture screen activity in real-time then embed videos in blogs and websites. It works in all browsers and doesn't require any download.

    - Live audio capture
    - Embed webcam in screen capture
    - Subtitles
    - Accelerated or slow-motion playback / Pauses
    - Upload to Youtube
    - Download your screencast in .avi

    What bloggers say about ScreenToaster:
    Techcrunch, Michael Arrington : "The ease of use is just awesome. It takes literally seconds to create and publish a screencast."
    Digital Inspiration, Amit Agarwal: "ScreenToaster Does a YouTube for Screen Videos."
    Go2Web20, Orli Yakuel: "So right now, ScreenToaster is the best choice that you'll find, and the results are very good. Seriously, I couldn't find any reason not to use it. Overall, you'll save yourself time & money."
    ReadWriteWeb, Frédéric Lardinois: "ScreenToaster is definitely a contender for being one of the best and easiest to use tools available."
    Mashable, Jennifer Van Grove: "We think ScreenToaster is an excellent solution that brings advanced screencasting options to all levels of computer users. ... It’s a safe option to recommend to clients, friends, and family members."
    Master New Media, Robin Good: "And again, more than anything else ScreenToaster is by far the simplest and most immediate screncasting tool to use out there. If you want to know what I think, here it is: ScreenToaster is going to toast them all. Seriously."

  2. Thank you for sharing the word about your site, Rudy.

    Are you the developer?

  3. My Screen Recorder Pro is a better screencast software tool. Records your screen and audio from the speakers or your voice from the microphone - or both simultaneously. The recordings are clear and look great when played back on your PC or uploaded to YouTube. It will record directly to AVI, WMV, MP4, or FLV. Just perfect for creating tutorials, demos, and presentations. Plus, java is not required and there are no limits on recording length. Also, the recordings play back on any device.