Screencasting has taught me that visuals are a powerful axle, on which student wheels will turn


Seeing is believing–an idiom that never rang more true in education than it does now. As a technology teacher in a project-based, middle school classroom, I always felt that lecturing wasn’t the best way to deliver new content to a room full of eager students.

And certainly not a way for material to sink in and ultimately, stick. My students come to class to do hands on “stuff” – design, build, fix, tweak, you name it – so I was on a mission to identify a way to not only “digitize” myself so I could make that happen, but also to find a way to put my students in the driver’s seat. I saw screencasting as the perfect vehicle to make this transition happen.

I know firsthand what it’s like to read a bunch of text instructions and have to envision what you’re supposed to do next. Similarly, in the traditional lecture model of education, kids have just one shot to internalize what is presented live on the spot. It is hoped that they’re able to retain the information when it comes time to use it on a project, which could be days later.

Watch how Tech Smith Relay works.

(Next page: how screencasting works and why you should use it)