Screencasting for Providing Student Feedback

Download the lesson handout here.

Download directions for using Screencast-O-Matic here.

Download directions for Quicktime X here.


Screencasting is term that has been around for at least ten years. What started out as a way to create tutorials for computer programs is quickly becoming a way to create educational content and tutorials (i.e. flip your classroom) and provide feedback to students.

Quite simply, a screencast is a recording of a computer screen with a narration. One can record anything you can display on your computer (web browser, document, video, program).

The benefits of using screencasts to provide feedback are many.

  • Save time by recording it instead of writing it all out or scheduling time to review in class.
  • Provide more intricate and complex feedback that can include annotations, highlighting and live editing.
  • Provide feedback that can be played multiple times for understanding.


Here is an example of an English teacher providing feedback to a student’s rough draft.

Hardware Tools

  • PC or Mac computer
  • Microphone
  • Webcam (if including video)
  • Digital Tablet (if drawing)

Software Tools

The tools to create screencasts are varied. Some are programs you install on your computer while others are websites that capture video using Java or Flash technologies.

Online tools
Programs (simple)
Programs (extensive)


  1. Choose your topic/purpose
  2. Prepare – Have the items on hand that you are going to critique. Obtain props if necessary.
  3. Set up – Get the hardware and software necessary. Make sure your microphone and camera are working.
  4. Record – If you are simply critiquing student work, it may come naturally. Make sure you are in a quiet area with appropriate lighting if using the camera.
  5. Share – Once the movie is made, you will need to place the video somewhere it can be viewed.


Next Steps

  1. How can I use this in my classroom?
  2. What do I need to get started?


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