October 7, 2016
#ETTChat: 5 Ways that Screencasting Improves Teaching & Learning – an Interview with Avra Robinson & James Daley
This fall, as part of our #ETTchat series, Communications Editor James Daley will be chatting with our EdTechTeacher instructors about some of their favorite tools, apps, and strategies for the classroom. In this post, he interviews Avra Robinson, about screencasting in the classroom.Screencasting is the use of a specialized tool to record a computer screen while performing or demonstrating specific tasks, usually accompanied by vocal narration. Not long ago, it would have been quite rare to find screencasts being used in most classrooms, largely due to the complex or expensive software that was required to create them. However, easy-to-use, user-friendly apps and browser extensions like Screencastify, Quicktime, Camtasia, and Explain Everything have now made screencasts simple enough for anyone to create, and teachers around the world are beginning to discover what an indispensable tool it can be. Avra Robinson is the Director of Online Learning and Instruction for Edtech Teacher, and an authorized Google Education Trainer. After more than 15 years of helping teachers and students integrate technology with curriculum, Avra has a wealth of experience strategizing about which technologies offer the most efficient and powerful opportunities for learning. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Avra about the power of screencasting. What follows are five of the most important ways that Avra sees screencasts improving teaching and learning in today’s classrooms.