Thing 13: Screencasting and Screen Sharing

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Have you ever wanted to show someone how to navigate a web tool, use the library catalog, record steps for a class lesson, explain how to solve a math problem, or fix a problem on their computer? Or have you had to show way too many people the same steps too many times?  Screencasting tools let you make short recordings of your computer screen to share with others. And Screen Sharing tools let you quickly share a computer screen with others in real time. Handy for troubleshooting.


Screencasting tools record whatever is happening on your computer or mobile device screen and most let you record a voice narration as well. When you’re done recording, you end up with a video. What you can do with the video depends on the tool you used, but most common options include uploading to YouTube, dowloading to you computer or embedding on a website.

These are terrific tools for students to l;earn to use as well. Students can use screencasting to demonstrate mastery of tech tools, to create narrated presentations, teach skills to others and much more.

These are terrific tools for students to use as well. Students could use screencasting to demonstrate mastery of tech tools, to create narrated presentations, teach skills to others and much more.

Screen sharing

Screen sharing tools don’t record your screen activities, they’re more like a live meeting where you’re sharing your screen with a limited group of people. This is helpful during online meetings, webinars and when you’re trying to troubleshoot someone’s computer problems.

Articles, Resources

  • TIPS
    • Keep your screencasts short! 3 minutes is the max! Shorter is better.
    • If you need more time, chunk the content into tiny pieces. A ten separate 30 second screencast will be more useful than one long screencast.
    • You don’t always need to be perfect, don’t spend hours creating screencasts. People understand if there are a few “ums” in your narration.
    • That said, a bit of planning can help enormously. Run through your demo a few times, so you know what you want to show. And if need be, write some notes for your narration. Whatever works best for you.
    • Use closed-caption options if available. Accessibility is important.


  • Create lessons for flipped classrooms.
  • Students can use to share the work they’re doing on an iPad or computer.
  • Short screencasts to explain how to use a tool. Embed on website where needed.
  • Create a screencast in response to a request for help. Email the link to the screencast.
  • Handy for recording a presentation. Bring up your slides on the screen and use a screencasting tool to record your slides and your voice as you give presentation.


There are tons of tools & apps. These are just a few of the tried and true ones.


  • Screencastomatic – (Free and Fee) – This tools runs from a web browser window and can be used to record anything on your computer – desktop apps and web browser windows. There is also a beta test of a Chrome/Chromebook version.  Free account is limited to 15 minute videos, which is plenty of time for most uses. Closed Caption feature included with free and pro accounts. With the free account, the videos have a watermark. Mouse clicks are highlighted with a yellow circle.  Pro account is only $18 year, with lots of additional features.  (TUTORIALS)
  • Screencastify – (Free and Fee) Similar to Screencastomatic. Runs from a website and records whatever you have on the screen, both in your browser or on your desktop. Has extensions for Chrome & Chromebooks. Recording limit of 10 minutes, which is usually more than enough.  Premium plan with longer recordings. no brand watermark and other features is $12/year.
  • Loom – Runs as a Chrome extension on Mac, PC and Chromebooks. Records your computer screen, your webcam or both!
  • iOS – Want to record your iOS device? iOS 11, coming late in 2017, has some new screen recording features.  If you want to record your iPad screen, it’s not quite as straightforward. But these inexpensive tools, Airserver and Reflector, will stream your iPad to your computer and record it from there.
  • Google Slides (or any other slide software) – Take screenshots of what you want to explain. Annotate them as needed. Pop them into a slidedeck. Put that in Present mode and turn on your screencasting app to record your audio as you go through the slides.
  • Gyazo GIF – Gyazo can be used to create a very short screencast that loops, essentially a GIF. Use it to create a very quick demo or to record a few screen shots strung together. Kasey Bell explains Gyazo GIF in How to Make Screencast GIFs
  • Explain Everything – (Free / Fee for upgrades) An iPad whiteboard app that lets you write and draw and record what you’re doing.
  • EduCreations – (Free / Fee for upgrades) iPad app that helps you capture screenshots, annotate them and record your voice. Great for students to show their work to you. And for instructors to record help files and lessons for students.
  • Airserver and Reflector – Try out a free trial of these tools for broadcasting and recording from your iPad
  • Hangouts on Air with YouTube Live – Using the screen sharing function, you can record what’s on your screen and talk at the same time. You can broadcast live if you like,  or select a private recording.

Screen Sharing

  • – Really simple & free video conferencing tool for up to 8 participants. Web based, no accounts needed. Screen sharing works in Google Chrome.
  • Google Hangouts – Need to show your screen to someone? Or do they need to share theirs? Google Hangouts is a quick, easy way to do that. You can have up to 10 people in a video hangout.
  • ScreenLeap – Share your screen with others. Very handy for troubleshooting a problem on a remote computer. Free account limits your sessions to 2 other people and up to 30 minutes. Pro accounts available.
  • – Similar to ScreenLeap. Share your screen with up to 10 participants using the free account.


  • Explore some of the articles and tools.
  • Choose a screencasting tool and make a short screencast to demonstrate that you know how to use it.
  • Or test out a screen sharing tool and invite someone to test it with you.
  • For your blog post:
    • Share your experience testing out a new tool.
    • Link to your screencast if you made one.
    • How might you use them with your students?
    • How can you use them yourself?


  • Write & publish your blog post.
  • Copy the URL (webpage address) for your post.
  • Return to the Google Classroom assignment page, find the assignment page for the lesson you just completed and follow the directions for turning in and sharing your work.

*Only for students participating in the workshop for PD credit hours through the Google Classroom.

4 thoughts on “Thing 13: Screencasting and Screen Sharing

  1. Add awesome screenshot extension – allows for a limited # of 30 second screencasts for free. $20 upgrade to pro. screen resolution is quite good.

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