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:
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.
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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,
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.
Here is an instructional video about what screencast is and what it can do. It is hosted by the Freescreencast website.
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.
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:
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.
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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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.
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To go to the International Partner Communication page, please click here: FreeScreencast International Partner Communication