Thing 8: Screencasting and Screen Sharing


Have you ever wanted to show someone how to use the library catalog, how to navigate your web site, use a software program or use a challenging web tool? Or have you had to show way too many people the same steps and need a way to record these steps so students and staff can find the directions they need, when they need them. Screencasting and Screen Sharing tools can help.


Screencasting tools record whatever is happening on your computer or mobile device screen and let you record a voice narration as well. When you’re done recording, you end up with a video. What you can do with the video depends on the tool you used, but most common options include uploading to YouTube, dowloading to you computer or embedding on a website.

Screencastomatic & Screencastify (Chrome)  are free, easy to use tools that work on a PC or a Mac. There are also a number of paid Mac & PC software packages that provide higher-end features if you need them. But for most purposes, the free online tools are perfect. Some of the online tools require Java, so check with your tech staff to make sure your Java software is up to date. For your Chromebooks, try Screencastify. (Snagit for Chrome has been mothballed.)

If you want to record your iPad screen, it’s not quite as straightforward. But these inexpensive tools, Airserver and Reflector, will stream your iPad to your computer and record it from there.

These are terrific tools for students to use as well. Students could use screencasting to demonstrate mastery of tech tools, to create narrated presentations, teach skills to others and much more.

Screen sharing

Screen sharing tools don’t record your screen activities, they’re more like a live meeting where you’re sharing your screen with a limited group of people. This is helpful during online meetings, webinars and when you’re trying to troubleshoot someone’s computer problems.

Articles, Resources


  • Create lessons for flipped classrooms.
  • Students can use to share the work they’re doing on an iPad or computer.
  • Short screencasts to explain how to use a tool. Embed on website where needed.
  • Create a screencast in response to a request for help. Email the link to the screencast.
  • Handy for recording a presentation. Bring up your slides on the screen and use a screencasting tool to record your slides and your voice as you give presentation.


There are tons of tools & apps. These are just a few of the tried and true ones.


  • Screencastomatic – (Free and Fee) – This tools runs from a website, but also has a downloaded application for Mac or PC that will run from your desktop. It can be used to record anything on your computer. Free account is limited to 15 minute videos, which is plenty!  (TUTORIALS)
  • Screencastify for Chrome and Chromebooks – (Free and Fee) Similar to Screencastomatic. Runs from a website and records whatever you have on the screen. Recording limit of 10 minutes, which is more than enough. Short recordings are more successful and useful.
  • Snagit for Mac/PC – ($) Downloadable screencasting and screen-capture software that runs on a PC or Mac. Create recordings of any application on your computer, not restricted just to capturing content from web browsers. Record audio and use video trimmer to clip out unwanted bits after recording. 15 day free trial. $49.95 for a single education license for 1 computer.  Multiple license pricing available too. Tutorials
  • Airserver and Reflector – Try out a free trial of these tools for broadcasting and recording from your iPad
  • EduCreations – (Free / Fee for upgrades) iPad app that helps you capture screenshots, annotate them and record your voice. Great for students to show their work to you. And for instructors to record help files and lessons for students.
  • Hangouts on Air with YouTube Live – Using the screen sharing function, you can record what’s on your screen and talk at the same time. You can broadcast live if you like,  or select a private recording.

Screen Sharing

  • – Really simple & free video conferencing tool for up to 8 participants. Web based, no accounts needed. Screen sharing works in Google Chrome.
  • Google Hangouts – Need to show your screen to someone? Or do they need to share theirs? Google Hangouts is a quick, easy way to do that. You can have up to 10 people in a video hangout.
  • ScreenLeap – Share your screen with others. Very handy for troubleshooting a problem on a remote computer. Free account limits your sessions to 2 other people and up to 30 minutes. Pro accounts available.
  • – Similar to ScreenLeap. Share your screen with up to 10 participants using the free account.


  • Explore some of the articles, examples and tools.
  • Choose a screencasting tool and make a short screencast to demonstrate that you know how to use it.
  • Or test out a screen sharing tool and invite someone to test it with you.
  • For your blog post:
    • Share your experience testing out a new tool.
    • How might you use them with your students?
    • How can you use them yourself?


  • Write & publish your blog post.
  • Copy the URL for the post.
  • Return to the lesson page on the CanvasLMS site.
  • Use the SUBMIT ASSIGNMENT button in the CanvasLMS page and paste in your URL.

*Only for students participating in the workshop for PD credit hours through the Canavas LMS system.