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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 free screen cast.  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 end.  The main developer and founder was a man by the name of Jason Askew.


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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 used on a computer. If you are a math, chemistry, or physics teacher, and your students are all 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.

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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. This takes less than a minute. After downloading the application, you will need open FreeScreencast on your computer and create an account. This also takes less than 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.

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.”



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


freescreencast.com



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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.

SC 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, does the exact same thing as FSC, but does not give you 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.


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

Elementary

Secondary

Post Secondary


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

Education on computer programs the 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 them 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 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.


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I.    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 from Purdue could teach someone from Beijing calculus, and be able to answer their questions or give them examples of how to do problems.  


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J.   References


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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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