There are many ways of making screencast videos – recording everything you do on the screen. You could use camtasia (which is expensive), or the smart notebook recorder / Promethean recorder if you have those installed.

A great, free, option is to use Screenr. Screenr lets you record screencasts of up to 5 minutes in length. It links to your Twitter or Facebook accounts. Log into the website and press the “record” button. Resize the box on the screen to the desired size and then away you go. It will also record audio.

Screenr

Screenr runs inside your browser, so you don’t need to install any software. Once you finish your recording, you can immediately send your video directly to your Twitter followers or Facebook friends from within the application. You can also embed the video into blogs and learning platforms.

Screenr needs Java to work, so ensure you have that installed on your machine.

It’s well worth a look. Find out more at : http://www.screenr.com/

For alternatives – take a look at Jing or Screencast-o-matic.

Using these tools you can create tutorials which show students how to use different software tools – or even better get students to make their own videos. Students could record presentations. or show how they solved maths problems. By moving clip art on background (in Powerpoint or IWB software) they could even record their own animated stories.

How have you used screencasts with your students? Add a note in the comments!