Screencast.com

What is Screencast.com?

Screencast.com is a Web site used for storing, organizing, and sharing multimedia materials, such as photos, videos, or text documents.  This is known as “cloud computing” (or simply “the cloud”) – using an online site to perform jobs otherwise done on your PC or laptop.  In this case, you will use a Web site to store your digital materials, arrange and label them in files, and provide access to them for viewing by others.  In short, Screencast.com allows you to manage content online just as it could be on your personal computer, but with some advantages.

What can Screencast.com do for you?

There are benefits to using cloud computing in general and Screencast.com in particular.  Using a Web site will provide more storage than your PC, allowing you to save more content.  Because your materials are stored online they can be accessed from any computer, not just your own, giving them greater mobility.  This also means that if your PC crashes you still have access to them, giving you greater flexibility.  As a content-hosting site, Screencast.com handles most multimedia formats, so you don’t have to worry about updating software, since it does that for you.  Because its functions are automated, they are easier to use than if you had to figure out how to do the same thing on your own.

Who is using Screencast.com?

Both the beginner and the tech savvy will appreciate using Screencast.com.  Its automated functions and simple operation make basic jobs like sharing photographs easy to do.  However, these same features allow for greater freedom to perform more typically involved tasks, like adding images or video to a blog post.  As you can also see, it can be used for personal and professional purposes, to do routine jobs you may already be performing on your home PC, or  to develop library related online materials.

To give you a better idea of how Screencast.com works, view this online tutorial from the Web site:

http://www.screencast.com/t/ToOTOBdg

Let’s give it a try!

Activity #1

Ready to begin?  Start by setting up an account with Screencast.com and get familiar with the site.

    • Go to www.screencast.com and apply for a free account.  You will need a valid e-mail address.
  • When you have successfully created an account, watch the video “Getting Started with Screencast.com.”  You may also want to read the “Getting Started” guide available in pdf format; the link is located on the tutorial screen, just below the viewing area.   This will provide a glossary of terms and both a brief and more in-depth set of “How to” instructions.  You’ll also find more resources for learning and help.
  • Once you’ve created your account, and each time you sign in afterward, you will automatically be taken to your “library” (see, you’re in familiar territory already).  You will now want to start putting things in your library.  Write a brief note, something like: “I now have a Screencast.com account and can share my stuff with others.  My name,” save it to your PC or on a portable storage device, and upload it to your account.
  • You already know you don’t just let things lie around out of place in a library.  Create and name a file for your note, move your note in there, and set the security level you want for this file.  Pay special attention to the security level options.  These will determine who is able to view your files and choosing the proper settings will keep confidential material confidential.

Activity #2

Now you’ll want to see if you can share things from your library with others.

  • Following the directions you watched or read, use Screencast.com to create an URL link for this file or note and copy it.
  • Paste this link into an e-mail message to your program director, or fellow learners, and send it off.  Or, you may want to post the link in the comments area below.
  • Next, repeat this procedure with a video, PowerPoint presentation, or anything else you can think of to share.

Activity #3

Next, you’ll also want to see what else you can do with your Screencast.com account.

  • If you’ve started a blog, see if you can embed (include as part of the site) an image (clip art, photograph, chart, or even a video).

Further reading

Optional

This Learning 2.0 module was originally designed and implemented by students in Dr. Michael StephensTransformative Literacies class in the Spring of 2012 (LIBR 281-12).  This class is part of San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science curriculum. It was authored by NAME for LIBRARY/GROUP. It is available for use for other libraries or institutions.  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.