Creating Video Screencasts for Your Students


A screencast is a digital video recording of your computer or iPad screen and usually includes audio narration. A major benefit of screencasts in a remote learning setting is that, unlike a live videoconference, the student may watch it at any time. Students also have the ability to watch them more than once, if needed.

Your first step in getting ready to screencast is to select which program you will use. Below you will find an option for both Windows and Apple computers, as well as instructions for screencasting directly from your district iPad. 


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Screencasting on the iPad Using the Explain EDU App:

This video will demonstrate how teachers can use the Explain EDU app to create screencasts for students using the iPad. Since users may draw and write using a stylus on their iPads, using the iPad for screencasts can be particularly useful when demonstrating the solving of math problems and walking students through how they can complete graphic organizers.


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PowerPoint for Windows:

Teachers can use PowerPoint to record screen casts, with narration, and save them in movie format to share with their students. This is a Windows-only option, so for teachers with an Apple laptop, please see Quicktime by Apple below.

Watch the video below to get started.

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Quicktime by Apple:

Apple's built-in video player also contains a basic video capture tool that allows teachers to record part or all of their computer screen, add narration, and then share the saved movie with students.

Watch the video below to get started.

Tips for Screencasting:

1. Take the time to learn software basics - This will save you time in the long run.

2. If students will be seeing your desktop, take a couple of minutes to get rid of any clutter and/or personal files.

3. Start simple - Perhaps an explanation of a single concept.

4. Create a script for longer screencasts - This will tend to reduce the number of times it will take to get your narration "just right."

If you run into trouble using this resource, feel free to contact: Dan Prouty ([email protected]) or the Curriculum Resource Teachers ([email protected]).