My experience with screencasting has been limited to online courses that I have taken in post secondary courses. I have never had the opportunity to create a screencast until, now. It appears that screencasting can be used for any grade level that involves online delivery methods. Due to constant advancements in technology, the growth of online education has continued to increase. Supporters of online education point out the potential benefit that students have more control of their time schedules with infinite content availability. On the other hand, opponents of online education often cite the lack of interpersonal communication between instructor and student. Proponents of screencasting do not share the latter view, citing that the content in screencasts can, potentially make students feel as though they are part of a larger community. Teachers have the potential of creating screencasts of any aspect of instruction, including hands on demonstration, direct instruction, think aloud, literary analysis, etc. Obviously, the proponents of online learning believe that screencast videos have the potential for a more “personal” feel and give the instructor and online student a direct connection with an individual that goes beyond posting on a discussion board or email thread, due to audio component which most of these videos contain.
According to some experts, live screencasting, the activity of creating a live recording of a classroom activity can be an effective tool for teachers when they have students absent for extended periods of time. Students and Instructors, alike, can rely on screencasting for reteaching and relearning information.
Formal and Informal assessment can also be done via screencast. Some educators continue to search for improved or less time consuming ways to offer feedback on student work and believe that this can be accomplished through screencasting. It seems that some proponents of screencasting believe that class size and time scheduling can be overwhelming to the point that they do not have enough time to sit down with a particular student and have a face to face conversation regarding a given assignment or work. In this case screencasting might be an efficient alternative.
Screencasts can be archived to track student achievement throughout a given period of time.