GATE 2016 Conference Session: Simple Screencasting

Screencasting in simple terms is the recording of the computer screen in addition to audio and sharing that video, also called a cast, online for the viewing by an audience. Screencasting has many applications in education. In the conference session, the following presentation was shared. You can also access it using this link.

The logos below will also take you to the different programs discussed which can be used to create casts. All are free but there are also many other programs which are a range of prices that have more advanced features.


Tiny Take is a free and simple to use interface.  Positives for Tiny Take are that it is a program which can run offline and videos can be made without internet access. It is also capable of annotation.   For an explanation of the key features of Tiny Take, click here

Having shared Tiny Take in conjunction with other programs at professional development sessions, it tends to be the favorite among current educators.  The simplicity of the program is one attribute that is important; however, the ability to create videos without internet access is also important.

Many teachers have commented that other online programs can be “glitchy” and audio and video can have skipping depending upon the quality of internet connectivity.


Two other popular ways to screencast are to use Screencast-O-matic or Jing.

Both of these also have been vetted by teachers and utilized.  It really is a personal preference.  All 3 have exceptional tutorial programs and are simple to use.

During the session, there was also a discussion of the different stakeholders in education and the applications for screencasting. The following screencasts were shared as examples of different ways to use the technology for different purposes.

Screencasting by Teachers for Instructional Purposes

Screencasting by Schools for Parental Support

DES COLT CLIPS is a YouTube channel that is published by Danielsville Elementary School in Madison County, Georgia.  Check out how they are increasing their home-school communication and support by using screencasting and videos. Here is one more example:

Screencasting for Professional Development for Educators

For additional reading and research based rationale for use of Screencasting in Education:

Gormely, K., & McDermott, P. (2011). Do You Jing? How Screencasting Can Enrich Classroom Teaching and Learning. Language And Literacy Spectrum, 2112-20.

Kay, Y., & O’Malley, P. p. (2014). Making ‘The Flip’ Work: Barriers to and Implementation Strategies for Introducing Flipped Teaching Methods into Traditional Higher Education Courses. New Directions (Higher Education Academy), 10(1), 59-63. doi:10.11120/ndir.2014.00024

Moraros, J., Islam, A., Yu, S., Banow, R., & Schindelka, B. (2015). Flipping for success: evaluating the effectiveness of a novel teaching approach in a graduate level setting. BMC Medical Education, 1527. doi:10.1186/s12909-015-0317-2

Richards, R. R. (2012). Screencasting: Exploring a Middle School Math Teacher’s Beliefs and Practices Through the Use of Multimedia Technology. International Journal Of Instructional Media, 39(1), 55-67.

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