“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” (Carl Rogers)

Friday, 11 June 2010

Screencasting...

...is a digital recording of your computer screen's output. Just as a screenshot is a picture of a user's screen, ascreencast is essentially a movie of the changes over time that a user sees on their monitor.

The big advantage of creating a screencast is that your audience can see every step of your demonstration in great detail - and rewind to watch again (not something you can do in the classroom).

There are a number of software products available for developing screencasts, ranging from free downloadable programs (such as Jing or Screenr) with limited features, to fee-based products (such as Camtasia or ScreenFlow) offering a host of editing options such as zooming and text captioning.

This morning, the e-CAL team watched a screencast using Adobe Presenter, which seems to be a budget-priced solution which works as a plug-in to PowerPoint. Watch this space, as we evaluate it over the next week or so.

You can download a trial version for a month and have a go yourself here: https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?loc=en_us&product=presenter

I was prompted to blog on this by JISC's 'Workflow Advice for ScreenCasting', which is up to their usual excellent standard and well worth a read if you want your screencasts to be extra shiny: http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/blog/entry/cast-your-screen-new-screencasting-workflow-advice/#When:08:12:11Z

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