Screencasting on the computer is a great way to capture / record anything that happens on your computer screen. Whether you are teaching a concept, showing how to do something on the computer, or simply sharing some student work that is in a slide show, making of movie of what appears on the computer screen is an easy way to share with others.
What is a screencast? For those who don’t fully understand, a screencast is a recording (usually a move) of what happens on your computer screen, and is often accompanied by an audio narration. There are many examples found on YouTube (specifically ‘how to’ videos for using software) and they are also becoming a big part of flipped classrooms. Regardless of how they are used, screencasts combine a verbal and visual explanation of what is happening on your computer screen. Free applications that are often used to create screencasts include Camtasia, Jing, and Screencast-o-matic.
I like to use the application Screencast-o-matic, but I have recently found another option that is available to all macbook / imac users – QuickTime.
Yes – Quicktime. QuickTime is an application that is pre-installed on all apple computers (making it very accessible for mac users) and is capable of recording a screencast.
To make your screencast with QuickTime:
- Launch QuickTime Player.
- Under the File menu, select ‘New Screen Recording’. A black recording window will appear.
- Check out the settings by clicking on the small triangle to the right of the window.
- Once the audio and mouse options are set, tap on the record button (red circle).
- Double click on the screen for full screen recording or click / drag to make a custom sized window.
- Record your video and narrate what you are doing.
- Stop the recording by clicking on the stop button the appears at the top of your screen.