A screencast is a digital recording of your computer screen, typically accompanied with audio narration. You may use screencasts to explain complicated topics to your students, demonstrate how to use a software application, perform an overview of your syllabus, or even to provide student feedback. Screencasts are useful in blended and fully online courses, but can also help you regain valuable face-to-face classroom time that can be used for more student interaction and group work.
If you want your students to create video projects, Screencast-o-matic has a free and paid version of the software, but the free tier satisfies most needs for a simple nonprofessional recording. The free version has a balance of features and ease of use, but caps users to 15 minute videos and puts a watermark on the lower left corner of the final video. Consider sharing these getting started instructions for students, developed by BSU alum Jill Boger.
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