Sometimes it’s just quicker and easier to show someone an idea or concept rather than try to say it to them. Other situations demand that you present an idea in multiple formats.
I know when I was in school (back in ancient, rotary-phone days), it would have been really helpful if my teacher could have sent me home with a recording of exactly how she tackled the example calculus problem. That way, I could have watched and re-watched her instructions at my own pace until it finally sank in. Instead, I had to rely on my own note-taking skills and not-so-steel-trap memory to guide me.
The kids today have it so easy. 🙂
In today’s world, there are plenty of tools available to allow teachers to share and capture their screens with their students. I’ve had my team research and pull together a list of seven of the best screencasting software packages on the market today. All of these selections are highly-rated and are good choices for their particular market.
Camtasia is a larger, more complete video tool. The software does cost a little more but it is used for planned, polished videos.
Camtasia has the feature to avoid outdated videos by helping you ‘magically’ update older videos in the future. Another benefit is the ability to use outside video content, e.g., from a camcorder.
Features include adding overlays, intros and outros, animated backgrounds, and easy upload to YouTube, Facebook, Screencast, and Vimeo. You can add music tracks to your video to help you set just the right mood you are trying to convey.
With Camtasia, you can also add interactive quizzes to your creations and track student results. It’s a great choice if you are looking for a robust
TechSmith does offer a bundle purchase of Camtasia and Snagit. Check the bottom of the combo page for more information on educational discounts.
Camtasia and Snagit software complement each other quite well. Since both have free versions available, you can try them out and see how you like the fit.
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