Screen casting is becoming a more popular learning and teaching method by the day due to the many benefits it holds over in-person learning, lectures, and textbooks.
Screencasting is when a screen has been recorded, often with a voiceover and commonly used as instructional videos. Screen casting should not be confused with screen mirroring and screen sharing.
Think of AirPlay or using HDMI cables as you understand screen mirroring. You are simply projecting what you see from one screen to another in your vicinity whether by wireless capabilities or wired. One example would be if you are showing a powerpoint presentation to a group of coworkers in the same room as you as you mirror your laptop screen onto a projector.
Screen sharing is very similar to screen mirroring as it is also a real-time effect, though this is usually done over the internet as you show your current screen to another user. This is often what we use at Brighton Training Group through Google Meets Screen Share when resolving issues, or going through quick, non-recorded training sessions.
All of these are beneficial in their own way as society is being encouraged to continue distancing from one another in-person and rely on these casting, mirroring, and sharing techniques to effectively communicate.
Screencasting is becoming more relevant largely because of its convenience. An instructor can create a video one time and have it accessed by students over and over again for years, with easy tweaks when content must be changed. There is also no reason for a commute, saving time and money for all parties involved, as well as attracting people throughout the country to partake in the lectures.
Students can also conveniently watch lessons at their own pace – pausing when they need a break, rewinding when they don’t understand something, or rewatching entirely when reviewing. This is also beneficial to have when using these videos as instructions as you can move along, step-by-step with the casting and pause to catch up as necessary.
Screencasting is more inclusive to different types of learners as well. The audio, visuals, and interaction can appeal to the preferences of the learners and make these videos easier and more enjoyable to follow along with.
While more traditional learning is not going anywhere, the technology is there and ready to be used. It is already booming on several sites such as Coursera, Google Academy, Khan Academy, Udemy, YouTube, and so many more. Giving people the freedom and opportunity to learn on their own time often is all the encouragement and motivation they will need to expand their mind.