I created a screencast about a very helpful STEM typesetting program called LaTeX. I thought screencasting would be a helpful method for displaying this information because I could show some sample documents of LaTeX code and compare these to the final version in order illustrate how the coding process allows one to create such professional and well-formatted finished products.
I found CaptureSpace to be intuitive and easy to use. I tried using the “draw” function to highlight certain parts of the screen while screencasting, which worked decently, save for slowing the video down a little and requiring extra time to erase the writing on the screen and turn the feature on and off. I wager that this feature would come in handy particularly if I wanted to write math on the screen, for example. I ended up making multiple takes to move more efficiently through my message and found it somewhat inefficient to have to re-record when I made a mistake. However, in the end, I felt like the screencast turned out decently and conveyed the message I wanted.
From here, I envision using screencasting to create mini-tutorials similar to those on Khan academy: as supplements to class instruction or resources for students to explore extensions to material in class. In a math class, rather than interrupting class to use technology, perhaps I would create a screencast to display what I would have in class so I can focus on the central material in class without losing the benefits of using technology as a visual supplement.
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