A screencast is a super sweet tool that helps you record anything on your computer screen (see video above). Your challenge is to create a video screencast documenting your message using a computing device, microphone and script.


  • Works great for doing web based tutorials
  • Works great for step-by-step explanations
  • Create homework help, problem/solution videos, visual presentations that mark up on the screen
  • Easy to create
  • Easy to embed or put on a webpage


  • Editing may be limited or nonexistent; get it right or start over
  • Works best for short explanations; longer ideas or concepts may need a different medium

1. Review the following Five Tips for a Good Screencast:

  • Know your topic well. You will sound like an expert in your delivery and feel more comfortable when recording.
  • Keep it simple. Three minutes or less is all that you need.  Cancel the fluff and blank space. You may want to use the Online Stopwatch as a resource.
  • Plan It. Script it with a short introduction telling what the video is about, follow that with the short and sweet demonstration, and do a quick review at the end.
  • Gift of your Voice. Talk like you are having a conversation with your best friend, with enthusiasm in your voice. Try to be as natural as possible.
  • Practice, practice, practice. Rehearsing several times. Stop wiggling your mouse! Your screencast records everything. Move it away if you are not pointing to a specific talking point. 

Note: Filler words like uh, um and but are distracting to your audience.

Screencasting Applications

Select and learn about a screencasting tool. Check with your teacher for the appropriate program or app to use for this activity that will work on your device. 

Resource Name





Mac or Windows


Screencast-O-Matic requires java and the use of a PC or Mac (not iPad or iPhone). This is a web-based or downloadable application.

Watch this short demo video about using Screencast-O-Matic. Make sure you have java on your computer and a microphone if you want to record your audio. It does work on the chromebook as well as a free extension..

Step-by-step directions  screencasting steps.pdf 




Chrome browser, Mac or Windows

Screencastify requires an extension to be installed to a Chrome browser on your device. It works on Windows, Mac, and on a Chromebook.

The FREE account (Screencastify Lite) lets you record free for up to 10 minutes. This is a download that works with your Chrome browser and integrates with Google Drive.


Explain Everything


Android, Chromebook, iPad, iPhone

Explain Everything is an online whiteboard application that works like a n enhanced Whiteboard, There are apps for all platforms. Voice chat and recording anything. Creates a streaming video.


  • Record, annotate, animate, narrate, import and export almost anything to and from anywhere.
  • Create slides, draw in colors, add shapes and text, rotate, move scale objects, add photos, import pdf docs, insert a web browser window and export mp4 movies. No account is required




ShowMe App

or Educreations App




If you are using an iPad we recommend working with a partner, and you can record the screen of your partner's screen using your iPad, or use one of the following apps on an iPad

ShowMe (YouTube video tutorial, Basic Steps tutorial )

Educreations (Creating lessons tutorial , How to Use , Sample Titanic lesson by a 6th grader, Owl Pellets by a 5th grader)

iPad Screencasting Fun is a document created to train teachers about Screencasting with an iPad. This gives a lot of information about the different apps and also lots of activities.   screencastingfun.pdf


Steps for your first screencast

1. For this first attempt plan on approximately 10 minutes to complete a practice draft recording.

2. Go to a web site (school appropriate) about a favorite topic (sports, music, etc.) or use a topic already selected

3. Think about what you will explain and point to it with your mouse on the screen

4. Do a practice run without recording until you are comfortable and it flows well.

5. Use the screencasting application you selected. 

  • Point out things with your mouse

  • Tell your listeners why you really like the things you selected

  • Be enthusiastic

  • Record only for one minute or two

6. Play it back and see how it worked. You may want to try it again and make a few improvements. Turn to a partner for a helpful critique.

7. Download and or save it, or the link to the recording to share with your teacher.