This isn't the only reason I use screencasting software. Last year, in my Pure Math 10 class, I had students create a math problem for a topic we were reviewing. They then used screencasting software to record themselves working through the problem. After that, we posted the recording on our moodle site. This way, any of them could access the recordings if they were having trouble.
Up until recently, I have been using Jing. I really liked this program but found it had a few issues that caused me so much grief that I finally decided to explore other options.
- Extremely slow start up time. I would have to open it up, walk away for a few minutes, and then return to use the program. Now, this is partly because my school laptop is having issues but I noticed a slow start up (but not as bad) on my personal laptop as well.
- Must be downloaded. This is fine for me but when I'm trying to run this with my students, it's a pain to have them temporarily install it. Our tech department doesn't like to install programs onto our image unless it's been tested thoroughly first so I wanted to use it quite a few times with my students before making this request.
- A user account must be created. I created a school based one for my students to log in, though. All of my students were able to log in at once so this was great.
- 5 minute time limit. Have you seen some of the Pure Math 30 examples? I would have to split my explanations in half in order to record them.
- Freezing. This was the final straw. I'm starting to see a lot of program crashes when I hit "stop recording". I thought maybe my file was corrupted so I uninstalled it, downloaded a fresh copy and reinstalled. It kept freezing.
- I upgraded the Jing Pro version for $14.95 for a year. This allowed me to record in other formats but I found my students preferred the original format as their computers would automatically open it. They would have to make changes to the opening settings in order to watch the other videos.
- No account needed but you do need an email address.
- When you are finished the video, you can export it to a variety of sources
- The free version gives you 15 minutes to record.
- Must have internet access to record the video as it is online.
- The free version prints a small watermark at the bottom of the video but it doesn't detract from your video.
- Preferably online but not absolutely required
- Allows at least a 10 minute video
- Easy to use
- Easy to download the videos
- Downloaded quality is reasonable
What screencasting software are you using? What are it's pros and cons?