Teachers that use technology such as the screencasting tool to help their students pick up the lessons find that it’s easier for students to work at their own pace and makes it easier for them to interact in a techno world they have been brought up in.
There’re many free screencasting tools on the market to make teaching cost-effective, and meets both your needs and that of your students. But keep in mind that free tools often come with limitations like time limit, lack of editing features, etc.
If what you need is basic screencasting features, then you’ll get a great idea from 4 types of screencasting tools we’ll introduce below.
Camstudio has been created as an open source program that works with Windows. It is able to record both visual and audio activity and give you a high quality recording as a teacher to show your students.
Can be used to create demonstrations for all videos and software
Free screencasting tool
Record part or all of your screen
Allows for voice overs and text
Records 1280 x 720 quality
Video output AVI and SWF and easily converted for uploads
Customisable frame rate for space saving options
Includes codecs to reduce size
Curser highlighting, panning and multitude of shapes and sizes to add
As free software it won’t include all of the features you would get if you were to pay, however it is a great way to learn how to use a screencasting tool as there is not as much to learn.
Google Plus Hangout is a free to use screencasting tool but also has the benefit of letting students and teachers interact in a live environment which is great for class discussions.
The recordings from Google Hangout can also be uploaded to YouTube which makes it simple for students to recap on information they may have forgotten from earlier lessons on a platform they more than likely already use/have used.