Like many of my Web 2.0 uses, I am incorporating screencasting into some needed staff development. Sub-instructors are frequenting my building to provide temporary instruction. To keep some degree of homogenous science instruction, I have built a Wiki page to reflect our Science Content Map and serve as an online resource for science instruction materials. Occasionally questions on how to navigate the Wiki site come up, so I made a screencast on how to use the Online Science Content Web Site, available via YouTube.com. The publishing feature of Screen-O-Matic makes the distribution of the presentation very simple. Since I have a Google account, I utilized the direct option to publish to YouTube. Publishing to the Screen-O-Matic site or saving the presentation to a computer file are available options.
In addition to being a great tool for creating training videos for staff development, screencasting is a great tool to demonstrate step-by-step hands-on lab activities. Some of the more tedious task that can drag precious class time instruction on and on can be assigned as a prerequisite that students have to watch before coming to class. The great thing about screencasting is that it’s easy to use and easy to publish even for one person.
Richardson, W. (2010). Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful Web tools for classrooms. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.