Screencasting... 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:

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: