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Created by: Ronnie Slavens, Justin Dinius, Wesley Powell, Nathan Riley, Amanda Glotzbach, David Sutkowski, Zachariah Zerbee

freescreencast.com


A.   What is the title of the application? Who developed it?

FreeScreencast.com, or FSC was created by passionate developers who saw a need for a  tool such as FreeScreencast.  They created this tool for themselves as well as anybody else that needed it.  They believed other ways to screencast were too expensive and nothing did the job from start to finish.  The main developer and founder was a man by the name of Jason Askew.

The developers of Freescreencast.com say,

"These are the ideas that make us tick, the ideas that drive us, and the goals we have for freescreencast.com:

  • Freedom: We believe in the generalized concept that information wants to be free. We believe in the potential of open source. We also believe in competition based on freedom, not lock-in.
  • Available to everyone: Screencasting is a powerful medium for a message. We believe in the potential of screencasting. Screencasting should be available to the masses, for free.
  • Sharing: We will provide three methods of sharing:
    1. Make your screencast hosted and public on freescreencast.com, and it can also be embedded on any other website, including your own. Right now, this can be done.
    2. Make your screencast hosted and private on freescreencast.com. You’ll be able to send people an obfuscated url to view the screencast (just like Jing operates right now).
    3. Make your screencast hosted and private on freescreencast.com, and pay a small fee. You can share the screencast via an obfuscated url or host it in your own site.

The primary thing to take away from that list is this: if you share your screencast with the world, allow the information to be ‘free’, then we’ll host it for you forever, for free.

  • Library of knowledge: We are creating a vast library of deep knowledge. The screencasts on mathematics serve as a great example of deep content that will stay relevant and meaningful.
  • Functionality: We compete on capabilities. Our clients will use freescreencast.com because it is the best product to meet their needs.
  • Community: We want to integrate with services, such as Moodle to provide enhanced capabilities while providing the same sense of freedom. " 2
     

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B.   What is the purpose of the application?

FreeScreencast is a multi-functional program. The main purpose is the free exchange of knowledge by recording a computer process and putting it on the internet.  

Screencasting is a very simple concept; record your computer screen and sounds while talking about your actions. This can be used for anything that is used on a computer. If you are a math, chemistry, or physics teacher and your students are confused on how to do a process, you can post how to do it; and with a stylus and a pad, (you can get one for about $90) you can capture how to solve a matrix equation.  Your audience benefits from a powerful, simple, and easy to understand presentation. The screencast is your screen, your cursor, your sounds, and your narrative.

Here is Jason Askew, the founder describing FSC.

“Our purpose with FSC (as we call it for short) is multi-fold.  Of course,
money is always at play, but not our all-consuming goal.  FSC has been used
in many ways we never anticipated.  I think the greatest use I have seen is
the educational sector.  I am delighted every time a teacher chooses to
share their knowledge via FSC.  We've made a complex process simple, and it
has helped the march to set information free.”



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C.    How does it work? Briefly, what does one have to do to start using it?

Basically, to use FreeScreencast.com, you have to go to the website and download the program on to your computer, which takes less than a minute. After downloading the application, you will need open FreeScreencast on your computer and create an completely free account which also only takes a minute. After your account is created, you can follow the steps on the application, create your screencasts, and share your useful information with the world by publishing it on the internet.

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Here is an instructional video about what screencast is and what it can do. It is hosted by the Freescreencast website.


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D.   How is it related to other applications?

FreeScreencast.com could be used with various other applications. You could put your screencast in a PowerPoint, on a website, in an email, or basically as an added attachment in any other computer application. With FreeScreencast, you are able to add an instructional video to any information and send it to anyone, or everyone, in the world.

FSC can most relate to another online Screencasting/screenshot application called Jing. However, unlike FSC, Jing does not support uploading the videos that you create. Instead, it does the exact same thing as FSC, but does not give your knowledge to the entire internet. Instead, you email your screencasts to family, friends, co-workers, or students who have computer-based questions.  


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E.    What are some unique ways of using FSC?

This program has the potential to be used to answer questions.  If you need to teach a teacher how to use a new computerized gradebook, this application can be used to show how to solve common problems, or just go through what may seem simple to some, but others cannot figure out.

The developers of Freescreencast.com say,
"Program features:
There are really two parts to FreeScreencast.com: the client software and the website:

  • Free Screencast Recorder
    1. Record any portion or all of the screen, capturing screen video
    2. Records 15fps, variable rate (only non-duplicate frames are recorded, decreasing file size)
    3. Captures both system and microphone audio
    4. Captures the mouse cursor
    5. Uses high-quality Adobe Flash screen codec
    6. Use integrated tools to setup your screencast
    7. Move and size the recording area using the mouse
    8. Move and size the recording area to a specific window
    9. Move and size any window to the recording area
    10. Record full screen, no size limitations (other than what your computer can handle).
    11. One click encoding and saving to a ready to go Flash screen codec .FLV file with all the proper metadata in place (view screencast on saving a .FLV)9
    12. One click uploading to FreeScreencast.com (view screencast on uploading)10

FreeScreencast.com

  • Which brings us to the website:

Host your screencast, no matter what the size or resolution for free.
Let us do the heavy lifting: after you've uploaded, embed your screencast in your website or blog with a simple copy and paste.
Download your screencast at anytime as a .FLV file, ready to go. Watch how easy it is to embed a screencast into a WordPress blog.
Features are being added fast and furious. We want to be your screencasting solution: email us ideas or problems and we'll make it right: contact@freescreencast.com" 11


 
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F.    For a more global perspective, how could this application be used in other countries? Are there unique features of the application that may be more relevant to those outside the US?

    This application could be used for the same thing that it is used in the U.S. I think that it would allow for a more comprehensive distance learning program. With this program, someone at Purdue could teach someone in Beijing calculus, and be able to answer their questions or give them examples of how to do problems.  

While creating this wiki page, we worked with a group of international students. This helped test the use of this technology globally. They used Freescreencast.com and also created a power point presentation about the site. Here is a powerpoint that our International Partners created to show how they would use FreeScreencast in their country:

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G. How could this program be used within a business/industry situation?

Education on computer programs are beneficial to different company uses. If you need to teach a sales associate how to fill out a ticket that’s on the computer, just take a screencast of exactly how to do it, and instead of having to tell each new employee, just show them the screencast.

Or perhaps you are in the restaurant business and are continually turning over employees. You can save money and time by showing a screencast of how to use all programs on the computer, instead of trying to tell each employee how to do it.

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H.  What are some examples of it being used for its current educational value?

This is designed to fill the needs of auditory and visual learners. They can see what process they are confused or curious about, and hear the teacher presenting information about what they are doing.

It is being used as an educational tool right now. Math teachers are putting up examples of how to do problems. Any sequential based problem that a student might have and then have trouble with can potentially be placed here.  Beyond math and science, English teachers could use this application to describe how to diagram a sentence. A computer programming teacher could use this application to describe how to solve common problems in programming.

This technology also allows teachers teachers to even respond to students with audio and visual effect at any computer. Students who are sick, traveling, or even tutored can listen to explanations, revisions, or even be taught by a recorded screen cast of any subject.

For many online college level courses, instructional video screen casts are used to orientate the new students to the website and the procedures needed to be able to correctly complete and submit homework, quizzes, and tests.

 Click here to see a completed example of a screencast

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I.    What are some lessons that could be generated through the use of this program?

The following are several lesson plans that can be used at the Elementary, Secondary, and Post Secondary education levels, that incorporate the use of Freescreencast.com software and applications.

Elementary

Secondary

Post Secondary

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J.   References

* All information and media used from Freescreencast.com has been used with the permission of the creators and editors of Freescreencast.com, specifically Jason Askew.
1 http://freescreencast.com/features Retrieved on October 21, 2009
2 http://blog.freescreencast.com/goals-philosophies-and-driving-ideas-behind-freescreencastcom Retrieved on October 21, 2009
3 http://freescreencast.com/pages/getstarted Retrieved on October 21, 2009
4 http://freescreencast.com/pages/download Retrieved on October 21, 2009
5 http://freescreencast.com/accounts/newaccount Retrieved on October 21, 2009
6 http://freescreencast.com/screencasts/watch/149 Retrieved on October 21, 2009
7 http://freescreencast.com/screencasts/watch/666/Solving-matrix-equation Retrieved on October 21, 2009
8 http://freescreencast.com/screencasts/watch/503/Notebook-Screen-Shade-Example-2 Retrieved on October 21, 2009
9 http://freescreencast.com/screencasts/watch/163 Retrieved on October 21, 2009
10 http://freescreencast.com/screencasts/watch/162 Retrieved on October 21, 2009
11 http://freescreencast.com/pages/features Retrieved on October 21, 2009
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Extra Information

Click here to go to the Research Page For FreeScreencast

Click here to go to the Roles and Responsibilites for FreeScreencast

To go to the International Partner Communication page, please click here: FreeScreencast International Partner Communication

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