Screencasting

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Useful in the classroom, a screencast is close relative of the vodcast. Screencasting digitally captures what is done on a computer screen and stores it in a video file. More sophisticated screencasts may include a voice track to narrates the actions displayed on the screen. In my field, where information technology is often the topic of a lecture, screencasts provide a useful method for demonstrating software usage. Tutorials can be easily created, posted online and then used by students to illustrate tricky or subtle features in software that generally result in numerous questions or loss of productivity.

Popular Screencasting Tools

A number of popular Screencasting software packages exist including: Camtasia, FRAPS, Snapz Pro X, and CamStudio. A screen shot of Camtasia studio is shown below.

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A screen shot of Captivate 2 follows.

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