I hope many of my readers had time to review the Math247 wiki and take a look at some of the screencasts that are being made by teachers and students.
Since my readers are users of SMART Boards, my solution for creating Mathcasts quickly and easily is to use your SMART Board and the Sketchcast website. Sketchcast will allow you to create, store, and share your Mathcasts. You don't need any other tools other than a SMART Board and a microphone (if you want to include audio).
Let's take a look at my Mathcast for using the distributive method of multiplication and then I'll show you the video of how I did it.
Mathcast: Distributive Method of Multiplication
Here is the video of me creating the Mathcast you just watched:
Go ahead and check out the Sketchcast site, I know you'll love it!
If you browse the Math 247 wiki, you'll find instructions for creating Mathcasts that include using various tools such as a writing tablet, a headset microphone, Camtasia Studio, Smart Notebook, VoiceThread, Jing, and/or Screencast. I think the advice is good and I especially like the VoiceThread application. However, writing tablets cost money, Camtasia Studio costs money ($179), Jing and Screencast are good but they have limitations. I also found it interesting that they recommend using the Notebook software without the purchase of Smart hardware. If you do not have a SMART Board or an Airliner tablet, you may be in violation of the software licensing agreement so be careful.
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