Q1 Screen Recording

17. Screencasting


A screencast is a super sweet tool that helps you record anything on your computer screen (see video above). Today you will create a video documenting one of your interests. 

Key Vocabulary

Screencast: A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, often containing audio narration.

Documenting: Documenting is furnishing evidence or information.

I Can Statements

  • analyze the information needed to create a tutorial
  • create a storyboard script for a screencast
  • create a screencast using a computing device, microphone and script


1. 5 Tips For a Good Screencast

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.

2. Screencast Tutorials

2. In a small group or entire classroom watch at least two of the following tutorials.

TASK: Discuss the best features of these video tutorials based on the five tips in Part 1 and use this document to record your reflections (reflections.doc or copy the gdoc reflections ). Follow your teacher's instructions regarding where to post or share your reflections.

3. Select and Learn How to Screencast

3. Select and learn how to use a screencasting tool in screencasting applications

Check with your teacher to find out which screencasting application you will be able to use with your devices (computer, mobile, tablet). 

4. First Screencast Steps

4. First screencast

1. For this first attempt plan on approximately 60 minutes to complete this practice draft recording:

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

3. Think about what you will explain and point to with your mouse.

4. Create a storyboard plan using a storyboard template (Planning_guide.doc, Planning_guide.gdocs or storyboard_template.doc )

5. Practice it without recording it first until you are comfortable and it flows well.

6. 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 less

7. Play it back and see how it worked. You may want to try it again and make a few improvements. Turn to a partner and each of you watch your creations. Give honest and helpful feedback.

8. Add to your reflection guide your thoughts about the following questions, and turn it in to your teacher:

  • What was difficult in this process?
  • What were your strengths in the draft recording?
  • What do you need to improve on?

Completing this Quest

When you are done you will be prepared to plan and create a polished tutorial Screencast in Quest 2.

Check off this Quest on your 21t4s roadmap

Ready for Show & Tell It Quest 2


ISTE and Common Core Standards

ISTE Standards•S

1. Empowered Learner
d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies

5. Computational Thinker
c. break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving

6. Creative Communicator
b. Create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations

Common Core Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.10 Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.5 Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.