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Since screencast production is not simply about the technical mechanics of the process (software, hardware,...), to ensure desirable student learning outcomes, begin with the outcome. What do you want your students to learn, demonstrate, communicate, evaluate, reflect upon,... as a result of creating and sharing screencasts?
It is important to have your students PLAN their screencast. This may include storyboarding the process, writing a script, editing, revising,... - especially if their work is to be shared/made public. However, if you simply want to capture what your students know, understand, think, ... then this is not always necessary. Good software tools to storyboard can be PowerPoint, Keynote,... These storyboards may even become the backdrop to the actual screencast.
Using PowerPoint to Storyboard
A PowerPoint Storyboard Template
Rehearsal will be an important step in the production process if the goal is to create something that is polished and effectively delivered. It can also be a valuable part of the learning process for students, as rehearsal can lead to fluency and to further refinement of the ideas being presented.
Student screencasts may be only viewed by the teacher as a means of assessment, shared within the context of the classroom with other students, or shared privately with the classroom community (including parents) using a publishing tool (blog, video channel, social network,...) that has needed privacy settings.
Ways to Share:
Publish online (YouTube, Vimeo, etc...) and share the URL
Grab the online embed code if available and embed elsewhere
Upload to Google Drive and share URL
Upload to Dropbox and share URL. Use
to create a custom
for your students.
Upload to Edmodo/
/Moodle and share
Making student work can be a powerful motivator and authentic final point in the process of creating. When students understand that their audience may indeed be a global one, it can bring a sense of "realness" of purpose to their learning activity. Produced screencasts can be shared with services like
, and embedded on pages of the services of your choice.
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