Showing posts with label Screen Cast. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Screen Cast. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

QuickCast - Quickly Create Screencasts

QuickCast is a free screencasting app available to Mac users. QuickCast allows you to capture all or part of your screen while you talk. The app allows you to record for up to three minutes. Your recordings can be saved directly to your computer and or shared online through the QuickCast website. Each of the recordings that you publish is assigned its own URL that you can share with anyone. Recordings can also be embedded into blog posts and webpages.

QuickCast provides tools for adding short intro and outro text. If you want to include your face in your screencast, you can do that with QuickCast by just turning on your webcam before you start your recording. QuickCast can also be used to create animated GIFs.

Applications for Education
There is no shortage of screencasting apps available on the web. QuickCast is another option to add to your toolbox to access when you need to create a short instructional video for your students or colleagues. Creating screencasts can be a good way for students to practice giving clear and direct presentations of information.

The QuickCast code is open source so there is a chance that it will be available for Windows at some point. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Szoter - Annotate Pictures and Take Screenshots

Szoter is a free online tool for annotating images that are stored on your computer. You can also use Szoter to capture and annotate screenshots.

You can use Szoter on the web or download the Adobe Air version of it to run on your desktop. Either way you can upload images, draw on those images, and type on those images. When you're done annotating and drawing on your images you can save them to your local computer or share them online through your favorite social networks. Szoter can also be used to capture your screen and create annotated screen captures. The video below provides a demonstration of Szoter.


szoter.com screencast from szoter on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
Szoter could be a great service to use when you need to create directions on how to use a new website or software. You could also have students use Szoter to create annotated images that they then arrange in sequence to tell a story.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

TechSmith Announces Changes to Jing Pro

I have been a Jing and Jing Pro user for a number of years because I think it is one of the easiest tools to use for creating annotated screen capture images and screencast videos. This morning, through Stephen Ransom and then through an email from TechSmith (producers of Jing), I learned that Jing Pro is being discontinued. To be clear Jing is not going away, only Jing Pro is being discontinued. You will still be able to use the free version of Jing to create screen capture images. If you are a Jing Pro user now, your subscription will continue until February 2013. Click here to read more about the closure of Jing Pro.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Show Me What's Wrong - Help Your Friends With Their Computer Problems

Show Me What's Wrong is a free service offered by Screencast-O-Matic. The service is designed to help you help others with their computer problems. To use the service enter your name and email address to have a custom url assigned to you. You then send that url to the person who needs help. They open the link and can start recording their screens and talk about the trouble they're having. When they finish recording the screencast is sent directly to you. Watch the two minute video below to see Show Me What's Wrong in action.



Applications for Education
If you're the person in your school that everyone goes to for tech help, you know that trying to a fix a problem that someone can't quite describe correctly can be a trying experience. Show Me What's Wrong could make it easier for others to show you what they need help doing on their computers.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

3 Web-based Tools for Creating Screencast Videos

Earlier this month my favorite web-based tool for creating screencast videos, ScreenToaster, announced that they are shutting down on July 31. The news that ScreenToaster is shutting down has me taking a look at some other web-based tools for creating screencast videos. Here are three other web-based screencast recording tools that you should consider as a replacement for ScreenToaster. If you're wondering why screencasting is important please read Using Screen Captures to Enhance Instructions.

Screenr is a very simple, easy-to-use tool for creating screencast videos. You do not need to register in order to use Screenr, but if you want to save your recordings you do need a Twitter account. Screenr uses your Twitter ID to save your recording and publish it to Twitter (you can opt not to publish to Twitter). The recordings you make using Screenr can also be published to YouTube or you can download your recordings. Screenr is my favorite of the tools on this list.


Screen Castle is a simple screencast creation tool that is completely web-based. To use Screen Castle simply visit their website, click the start button and you're recording. You have the option to enable voice recording for your screencasts. Screencasts made using Screen Castle can be viewed on the Screen Castle website (see my example here) or embedded into another website or blog.


Screencast-O-Matic is a web-based screencast creation tool similar to Screen Castle. Screencast-O-Matic allows you to specify how much of your screen that you want to record. Recording your voice is an available option. Every time that I've tried Screencast-O-Matic it was slow so you probably need to have a fast Internet connection to use Screencast-O-Matic effectively.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Using Screen Captures to Enhance Instructions

The other day I was helping a colleague set-up a blog to use with her class. She wanted to be sure that kids knew how to comment on posts so she was writing out step-by-step directions. Watching her gave me an opportunity to show her Jing. Jing is a free tool that anyone can use to create notated screen captures as well as video screencasts. Jing enables you to take a picture of part of your screen or all of your screen. Once you've captured the area you want in your picture, you can type on it, draw arrows on it, and highlight sections of text within it.

To use Jing you must download and install the free software for your Mac or PC. Once it's installed, launch it and it runs in the background until you need it. You'll know that Jing is ready for you to use because you will notice an orange ball in one of the top corners of your screen. It takes up very little screen real estate and is ready to use whenever you need it. The image below is an example of a screen capture I created with Jing.












You can also use Jing to record a video of your screen. Simply select the area of your screen that you would like to show, click the record button and begin talking. Jing will capture everything you say and do for up to five minutes. A free Jing account allows you to store your videos and screen captures. For $15/year you can upgrade to a "pro" version which will allow you to resize videos and share them directly to YouTube.

Although Jing is good for creating video screencasts, I actually prefer ScreenToaster for making video screencasts. ScreenToaster is a free, web-based, service for recording your voice and the actions on your screen. Just as with Jing, you can specify how much your screen you want to capture. I prefer ScreenToaster for making video screencasts because I can instantly upload to YouTube as well as have immediate access to the embed code for my videos which I then place in my blog.

Applications for Education
Jing, ScreenToaster, and products like them are very useful for enhancing written instructions that may have to give to students to show them how to do something like comment on your blog. Words work well for giving directions, but just as in any how-to manual, images can make all of the difference between confusion and clarity. This is particularly true if you have some struggling readers who might otherwise be confused by trying to follow written directions.

I've found Jing to be very useful when I'm giving directions in a professional development workshop. Posting annotated screenshots to a wiki gives every participant a reference for later use. I've especially found this to be true when teaching about Google Earth because there are some many things for first time users to explore that they sometimes get confused and need a reference of the basics. That is why I used Jing to create all of screen images found in Google Earth Across the Curriculum.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Screenpresso Looks Promising for Screen Captures

Screenpresso is a new screen capture program for Windows. Screenpresso has all of the features such as image resizing, annotation options, and format variety that you would expect from a screen capture program. Screenpresso also features like Twitter integration which are not always found in screen capture programs. The most unique option in Screenpresso is the ability to stitch together multiple screen captures. Stitching allows you to include scrolling in your screen captures. The scrolling option could be very useful for showing people how to work through a large page that doesn't fit into a typical screen capture. For example all of the front page of Free Technology for Teachers doesn't fit into a typical screen capture. Using Screenpresso you could create a screen capture of the entire front page.

Applications for Education
Screen captures, particularly annotated screen captures, can be very useful for giving directions to students and colleagues about how to use a piece of software or how to navigate a website. Using Screenpresso you can make annotated screen captures then post them to Twitter, email them, or post them on your blog or wiki.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Four Free Tools for Creating Screencasts
A Very Simple Way to Make Screen Captures
Screenr - A Simple Tool for Creating Screencasts

Monday, October 26, 2009

One Click Screen Capture in Windows 7

Today on Tekzilla Daily they show us how to make screen captures in just one click on Windows 7. The video is embedded below.


Applications for Education
Screen captures and screencasts can be very useful for creating how-to documents and videos for your students. Creating a screen capture and posting it on your classroom blog can be a good way to provide directions to students without having to answer the same question dozens of times.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Four Free Tools for Creating Screencasts
Aviary Offers a New Option for Screen Captures
Screenr - A Simple Tool for Creating Screencasts

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Screenr - A Simple Tool for Creating Screencasts

Some readers may have seen my Tweet about this earlier this evening. Screenr is a very simple, easy-to-use tool for creating screencast videos. You do not need to register in order to use Screenr, but if you want to save your recordings you do need a Twitter account. Screenr uses your Twitter ID to save your recording and publish it to Twitter (you can opt not to publish to Twitter). The recordings you make using Screenr can also be published to YouTube or you can download your recordings.

To use Screenr simply go to the site, click the "record" link, drag a box around the area of your screen that you want to record and then press the red "record" button. Screenr will record for up to five minutes. When you're done recording, click publish and you're done. It really takes just a few minutes to create a screencast video using Screenr.

Embedded below is the sample video I made using Screenr.


Applications for Education
Making screencast videos is a good way to create a record of the instructions that you may have to frequently give to students or colleagues. Post your screencasts online and your students and colleagues can watch them when you're not available to answer their "how-to" questions. In the past I have created screencasts for my students about adding pages to wikis.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Four Free Tools for Creating Screencasts
A Very Simple Way to Make Screen Captures
Jing Leaves Beta - Use It For Free or Go Pro

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Aviary Offers a New Option for Screen Captures

Aviary offers a comprehensive suite of free image editing tools. I've never found the tools they offer to be terribly intuitive, but they are powerful once you figure out how to use them. For that reason Aviary itself isn't something that I'd recommend for use with students unless you plan to use it frequently. That said, their new Firefox add-on could be a good tool for touching-up images that are stored online or for creating screen captures with text and drawings.

Aviary's new Firefox add-on is easy to use once you've installed it. To use it, simply right-click on anything, select "take a screenshot," save it and begin editing. You can add text to your screenshot, draw on it, or highlight sections of your screenshot. To see screenshots of Aviary's Firefox add-on in action, visit Read Write Web's article on Aviary which is where I learned of this new tool.

Applications for Education
Screenshots can be very useful for teachers who need to give directions on how to navigate a website or use a piece of software. Being able to highlight, circle, and type on a screenshot can add clarity to those directions.

Here is a related resource that may be of interest to you:
Four Free Tools for Creating Screencasts

Friday, May 29, 2009

Four Free Tools for Creating Screencasts

Making screencast videos is a good way to create a record of the instructions that you may have to frequently give to students or colleagues. Post your screencasts online and your students and colleagues can watch them when you're not available to answer their "how-to" questions. In the past I have created screencasts for my students about adding pages to wikis. If you've never created a screencast because you thought that you had to have some special skills, this post is for you. The four tools highlighted below allow you to create screencast videos quickly and easily. All four of these tools can be used on Mac or Windows computers.

Jing is a free screencasting tool available as a Mac or Windows download. Using Jing you can record videos of your computer screen to visually demonstrate and orally explain to viewers how to perform a task on their own computers. You can also use Jing to take screenshots on which you can then draw and label. Jing screencast videos can be resized to fit your blog or website by following the directions given in the Jing help center. Of the five screencasting tools in this list, Jing offers the most free features. The only drawback to Jing is that you do have to install software on your computer.

ScreenToaster is completely free and quite easy to use. It is a great product although it doesn't have quite as many features as Jing. The trade-off between using ScreenToaster and Jing is that to use ScreenToaster you do not need to install any software. ScreenToaster is a completely web based application that allows you to record what is happening on your computer screen at any given time. ScreenToaster now allows you to record audio to accompany your screencasts. With ScreenToaster you can choose to record all of your screen or just a portion of your screen. When your recording is complete you can save your screencast to your computer, upload it to ScreenToaster, or upload it to YouTube. ScreenToaster is the tool I used to make this popular video about Google's Wonder Wheel.

Screen Castle is a simple screencast creation tool that is completely web-based. To use Screen Castle simply visit their website, click the start button and you're recording. You have the option to enable voice recording for your screencasts. Screencasts made using Screen Castle can be viewed on the Screen Castle website (see my example here) or embedded into another website or blog.

Screencast-O-Matic is a web-based screencast creation tool similar to Screen Castle. Screencast-O-Matic allows you to specify how much of your screen that you want to record. Recording your voice is an available option. Every time that I've tried Screencast-O-Matic it was slow so you probably need to have a fast Internet connection to use Screencast-O-Matic effectively.

What's missing from this list? What screencasting tools do you recommend? Please leave a comment.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Screen Castle - Free Screencast Creation and Hosting

Screen Castle is a simple screencast creation tool that I learned about on Webware. To use Screen Castle simply visit their website, click the start button and you're recording. You can have the option to use enable voice recording for your screencasts. I did not utilize voice recording in my sample screencast.

Screencasts made using Screen Castle can be viewed on the Screen Castle website (see my example here) or embedded into another website or blog as I've done below.


Applications for Education
Screen Castle is good for quickly creating video directions for using a website or desktop application. Creating screencasts is a good way to create a record of the instructions that you may have to frequently give to students or colleagues. For example, in the past I have created screencasts for my students about adding pages to wikis.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Screen Toaster
Jing

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Use ScreenToaster to Create a Video Lesson

ScreenToaster is a screencasting tool that I previously mentioned when it was still in its beta phase. This week ScreenToaster left beta, remained free, and added some more useful features. ScreenToaster is a completely web based application that allows you to record what is happening on your computer screen at any given time. The latest updates to ScreenToaster now allow you to record audio to accompany your screencasts. You can also now choose to record all of your screen or just a portion of your screen. When your recording is complete you can save your screencast to your computer, upload it to ScreenToaster, or upload it to YouTube.

ScreenToaster is completely free and quite easy to use. It is a great product although it doesn't have quite as many features as Jing. The trade-off between using ScreenToaster and Jing is that to use ScreenToaster you do not need to install any software.

Applications for Education
My uses for screencasting tools have always revolved around the idea of creating video tutorials for software that you are introducing to students. Today, I found a great example of another educational use for screencasting. ScreenToaster user JoeRobinson32, who appears to be a geography teacher, created and posted on ScreenToaster a video lesson about plate tectonics. In the video Mr. Robinson gives a brief introduction to plate tectonics then gives his students directions for an assignment about plate tectonics. I watched this video and thought that it was great example of how screencasting could be used to deliver a lesson to students online. If you're teaching a class completely online or teaching in a traditional setting screencast lessons are a great idea. For those people teaching in a traditional setting, creating a screencast lesson is a good way to provide students who miss class due to illness with a way to hear and see you explain material.


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Jing Leaves Beta - Use It For Free or Go Pro

Jing is the second free resource from my list of favorites for 2008 to announce improvements today. (Earlier today Animoto announced a couple of improvements). Until today, screencast videos created using Jing couldn't, unless you're a super tech guru, be resized without losing part of the video. Beginning today, Jing screencast videos can be resized by following the directions given in the new help center. Jing is still free to use, but now you have the option of upgrading to a pro account for $14.95/ year. A pro account offers the benefits of HD quality video, direct output to YouTube, and the removal of Jing advertising from your videos. Pro account users can also export videos directly to Camtasia or iMovie.

For those of you that are not familiar with Jing, Jing is a free screencasting tool available as a Mac or Windows download. Using Jing you can record videos of your computer screen to visually demonstrate and orally explain to viewers how to perform a task on their own computers. You can also use Jing to take screenshots on which you can then draw and label. Below you can see a screenshot, with drawing and writing, that I just created using Jing.















Applications for Education
Jing is a very useful tool to have installed on your computer. Jing makes it easy for teachers to create short screencasts and screenshots to explain to students how to use a new piece of software or a new website. Screencast can be particularly useful if you're students are going to be doing work online away from your classroom. Post your screencasts online and your students can watch them when you're not available to answer their "how-to" questions.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Screen Cast Without Installing Software

Screen Toaster is a promising new service that will allow anyone to create a screencast without having to download and install any software. Screen Toaster will allow you to create and share videos of what your computer screen. Creating screencasts is a great way to demonstrate how to use a new piece of software or a new website. Screen Toaster is still in beta so you need to sign up and wait for an invitation to be sent to you.

Here is a Screen Toaster screen cast demonstrating how to use Screen Toaster on Mac OSX.
Recorded with screentoaster.com


Applications for Education
Screen Toaster could be a great way to show students and staff how to use a new piece of software or a website without having to answer the same questions or repeat yourself 9,000 times. Linking a screencast to your class blog or wiki is a great way for students to be able to get help when you're not available.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Sketchcast - Make a Demonstration Video

Sketchcast is a great way to demonstrate ideas and concepts through drawing and voice. Using Sketchcast is as easy as drawing on a white board while explaining a concept. Sketchcast provides users with a place sketch diagrams while speaking at the same time. The sketches can then be embedded into a blog or shared via email.



Applications for Educators
Sketchcast is useful for creating short video tutorials for students. Teachers who are using blogs, wikis, or other websites with their classes will enjoy the ability to quickly create a sketch while explaining a concept to students and then quickly embed that sketch into their blog or wiki.

Below is a video introduction to Sketchcast.


Here is a sample Sketchcast I made just for fun.


Thursday, February 14, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: New Free Screen Cast program

FreeScreenCast.com is a new screencast creation program. Free Screen Cast offers a lot of the same features as Jing and other screencast programs. Downloading the software is free as is hosting and sharing your screencasts. Using Free Screen Cast is as easy as any other screencasting program as you'll see in the video below. The only criticism I have of FreeScreenCast.com is that they have not released a Mac version yet.


Applications for Educators
Screencasting is a quick and easy way to show rather than try to explain to students how to navigate through a computer application. While you are recording your screencast you can easily add your voice to give additional comments and directions. Screencasting could be used by students to add voice to a slide show they created on their computers. The students can easily set the timing of their voice to the slide show through a screencast.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Skitch- Show Students Programs Don't Tell Them Directions

Skitch is a new screen capture program that makes it very easy to show people what you're doing and seeing on your computer. Like Jing, Skitch gives you tools to draw and write on your screen captures. You can upload your screen captures to other websites or send them to others via email or instant messaging.

Applications for Educators
Skitch is an easy way to show students directions for using computer applications. Rather than describing a step in a program you can show them the step.