Screencasting Tools

- Wikipedia: Comparison of Screencasting Software
- My Tool Comparison Handout for these listed resources and more CompareTools.pdf

Browser-Based Tools

  • Screencast-o-matic ( One of my favorites in this category. An account (free) is not necessary, but allows you to save/store/download/share your screencasts if you make one. Record up to 15 minutes, webcam option, and multiple export options.
  • Screenr -
  • Screenmailer (mac) - Records full-screen or partial screen. No post-editing. Uploads while you record. Can share private link if desired. Kathy Schrock did a nice review of it here. Free for now.
  • Apowersoft Free Online Screen Recorder -
  • ScreenCastle - not the best choice in this category.
  • VoiceThread - not a dedicated screencasting tool, but you can upload images, slides, and documents and then narrate and annotate them. It has the added bonus of allowing others to comment/discuss, too!
  • CaptureFox - Addon for Firefox (on Windows) that will record anything on your computer screen (browser or desktop apps). Choice of recording quality and frames-per-second. Recording is saved to your computer. Must upload to a video site to share.
  • Snagit for Google Chrome: Requires a few small add-ons to get it working, but Snagit is a great local screen recording tool that now also works in the Google Chrome browser.
  • Screencasting on a Chromebook:

Local Tools


---Not Free

iOS Apps

Explain-Everything-.jpgExplain Everything ($2.99)
Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations. You can create dynamic interactive lessons, activities, assessments, and tutorials using Explain Everything's flexible and integrated design. Use Explain Everything as an interactive whiteboard using the iPad2

ScreenChomp.jpgScreenChomp (free)
"A simple doodling board, markers, and one-click sharing tools make spreading your ideas and know-how easy and fun! Just - Record It. Sketch It. Share It. - to create a sharable, replay-able video that tells your story clearly."

ShowMe.jpg**ShowMe** (free)
"ShowMe allows you to record voice-over whiteboard tutorials and share them online. It’s a radically intuitive app that anyone will find extremely easy to use, regardless of age or background."

educreations_128px.pngEducreations (free)
"Educreations transforms your iPad into a recordable whiteboard that captures your voice and handwriting to produce amazing video lessons that you can share online." Your published screencast is also hosted by Educreations.

Knowmia Teach.pngTeach (free)
"Knowmia Teach is a new free lesson planning and recording tool for teachers. It helps you create short video lessons on any subject and publish them on so your students and the public can find them. Knowmia Teach makes it easy to bring in visual aids from multiple sources, organize them in steps (like slides in a presentation) and use your own voice and fingers to bring your lesson to life. You can design each step in the lesson, record illustrations as you draw them, and create sophisticated animation sequences with a simple stroke of a finger."
bContext.jpgbContext (free)
"bContext transforms the way ideas are shared by enlivening static documents (ppt, pdf, image) with audio, writing, and drawing capabilities. The app makes it easy for anyone (e.g. teachers, sales professionals, designers, architects, consultants, bloggers, journalists etc.) to produce more engaging content. EASY TO USE To use bContext, simply open a standard file (.PDF, .PPT, .JPG, or .GIF) from the app. Then audio record a session while simultaneously writing or drawing on the screen."
Vittle.jpgVittle Free (Paid version $8.99)
"Vittle works like a magic whiteboard that records what you write and say:- Annotate images and sketch using the ultra-smooth ink of our proprietary Inkflow Engine,
- Resize and move anything around the page,- Zoom in to focus on key points,- Describe even complex topics in a clear and engaging way."
playbackIcon.jpgPlayback (free/paid)
"Use playback to write, sketch and type on a virtual whiteboard or over your presentation slides. Playback will record your annotations along with audio commentary to produce a movie you can share. Try it for free – then upgrade to Pro to create longer movies."
VoiceThread.jpg**VoiceThread** (free)
Create & share dynamic conversations around documents, snapshots, diagrams and videos -- basically anything there is to talk about. You can talk, type, & draw right on the screen. VoiceThread takes your conversations to the next level, capturing your presence, not just your comments. Anyone can join the discussion from their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC. And, if you use the VoiceThread website to create projects, they are all accessible from the iOS device and one is able to contribute to them as well (tied to one's VoiceThread account) This could be a helpful post by Wesley Fryer

Ask3.jpegAsk3 (Free)
"Ask3 allows students and teachers to collaborate on lessons in and outside of the classroom. By turning your iPad into a recordable whiteboard, lessons can be posted into an Ask3 classroom where others can add text and video comments, questions and answers."

Image Capture

You can use image capture tools to take snapshots of anything on your screen to bring into a screencasting project, slideshow, digital movie,...
  • Jing - Free
  • Skitch - Screen capture and annotation - Mac only. (free)
  • Snagit - Excellent screen capture and annotation tool for Windows/Mac (Free trial, $49 to buy). Also records screen action with voice narration.

Tools You Might Not Have Considered

  • PowerPoint or Keynote - Both allow voice narration recording and saving with timings and animations as a video file.
  • Smartboard Recorder
  • iPad/iPhone - With mirroring software like Reflector or AirServer, you can use your desktop screencast recording tools to record actions on iOS devices.
  • SmartPens like Livescribe that create "pencasts"
  • Document Camera Recording (software feature)
  • Tablet & Stylus hardware like Bamboo

Other Screencasting Resources

Resources by Alan November
TechSmith's (makers of Jing , Camtasia and SnagIt) YouTube Channel (lots of helpful screencasts/videos here)
LearningDigital Screencasting Wiki