AICT 2‎ > ‎


Today you're going to try screencasting. A screencast is a recording of what happens on your computer screen. It is especially useful for showing people how to use a particular program that they may not readily understand.

  1. First you need to get CamStudio Portable. It is on the T: drive ⇒ Dykstra ⇒ Software.
    • Drag CamStudio Portable to your flash drive.
    • By double clicking on it, run it and install it on your flash drive.
  2. You need to demonstrate some program or website. What could you demonstrate?
    • Destiny (Linden library search software)
    • Ebscohost (library database)
    • Creating a Google Alert at
    • Show how to find an article on the Winnipeg Free Press Archives
    • Dictionary of Canadian Biography
    • Finding sports schedules on the Linden website
    • Finding a National Film Board Video
    • Show how to use Pivot Animator (and remember the point is to show how the program works, not to create your own Pivot animation)
    • We're not demonstrating online or offline video games for this project.
  3. Make sure you know how the site/program works before you proceed.
  4. When you're confident that you do, start up CamStudio.
  5. Make sure under the Region menu you've picked Full Screen.
  6. Press the record button which is the big, red circle.
  7. Using the ALT and TAB keys, flip CamStudio to the back and the program you want to demonstrate to the front.
  8. Run through your demonstration.
  9. Once again using the ALT and TAB keys, flip CamStudio to the front.
  10. Press the big, square, blue button to stop the recording.
  11. A box will pop up prompting you to save the video you just created. Pick a spot you'll remember and press save. Don't forget to give the file a name. (The default is *.avi and that won't actually save.)
  12. You can plug a microphone into your computer and narrate your demonstration as you go.


  • Video demonstrates an important program.
  • Video is two minutes in length.
  • Video has audio explanation (or titles)