Screencasting

Written by Kara Osmundson

Last published at: May 25th, 2021

What is it?

Screencasting is the process of recording what is on your computer screen, which often includes a voiceover. 


Why use it?

You can use screencasts to create instructional videos or tutorials by, for example, recording yourself talking through a Google Slideshow. Or have students create screencasts to explain a process, walk through their thinking, or record a presentation.


How do I use it?

Decision Tree
Which device are you using to record your screen?


  • iPad
  • MacBook
  • PC
  • Add Button

If you want to show students how to do something on an iPad, you can use the built-in screen recording feature. Once you have your video, you will need to AirDrop it to your computer and then upload to Youtube or Canvas Studio so you can put it in Canvas.


There are three great options for recording your MacBook screen.

1. Command+Shift+5: Click here for written directions, or watch this video to learn about the built-in screen recording options on your MacBook.

If this option isn't working for you, you might need to update to Catalina OS, which you can download from Self Service. Click here for directions.

2. QuickTime: Use QuickTime to record audio, movie (if you want to stand in front of a white board or something), or screen recordings. Click here to learn more about using QuickTime.

3. Loom: Loom is a web-based solution. You can install the Chrome extension or download the app from Self Service. Use Loom to record videos that will be stored in the cloud. You can  share these videos or embed them in Canvas. Click here to learn more about using Loom.

Loom is a Chrome extension you can install yourself on your PC. Click here to view Loom in the Chrome Store. Use Loom to record videos that will be stored in the cloud. You can  share these videos or embed them in Canvas. Click here to learn more about using Loom.

When making a screencast or video, follow these best practices:

  • Keep your videos short! The shorter, the better. 10 minutes is a max. Ideally, break down your videos by learning target to shorten the length. 
  • Upload your videos to Canvas Studio. Studio allows you to embed videos you create (or find online), create discussions or quizzes based on your videos, and view analytics of who actually watched the video. Bonus: Studio will generate closed captions for you.
  • If you don't use Studio, embed your video directly into a Canvas announcement, page, quiz, or discussion. Try not to link out to another source.
  • Include your face when appropriate. Online learning needs a human touch! Whenever they can see your face, say hi, look into the camera, and show them a smile! Loom is the best tool for picture in picture.