I downloaded the program Windows Media Encoder like the book suggested. I found the program userfriendly and simple to use. It took me a few times to make my screencast without messing up! When we creating the podcast it was easy for me because it was only my voice. However, with the screencast I was talking, typing, and moving the mouse around all at once! It was a little more challenging, but I still found it pretty simple to complete.
I decided to do my screencast on an introduction of how to use PowerPoint. I thought that I would direct this towards the students in my third grade classroom. Every year we study Benjamin Franklin. The students read and write reports about him. I thought a great way for students to display everything they learned would be to create a presentation in PowerPoint. Some of the students in my room are already familiar with using PowerPoint and others may have little or none. All of the my students have seen PowerPoint first hand because I use it in my classroom on a regular basis. I plan on using this screencast to introduce to my students how they will be creating their own presentation. I am also thinking of posting it on my web page so my students can easily access it. Please view below!