Creating Screencasts for EMS Training

A screen capture tool records the actions on your computer screen as they happen. The output of the capture is a screencast that can be shared as a video file, downloaded to your desktop for editing, uploaded to a screencast sharing website, posted as a video to a site like YouTube, or embedded into a blog.

Screencasting has many potential uses for EMS educators and training officers. A screencast could be used to introduce a new or revised protocol, as I demonstrate in this screencast:



As you heard, the screencast software was able to capture my voice as it recorded my on-screen clicks and keyboard entries. Other uses for screencasts include:

1) Demonstrating how to enter data into an electronic patient care report

2) Explaining the process to make a shift bid on an electronic schedule

3) Showing website visitors how to join your agency’s Facebook group or enroll in a CPR class

There are several free tools available for creating screencasts. My current favorite screencasting tool is I have also used to demonstrate PowerPoint skills to subscribers.

View, share, and copy my screencasts at Screenr and videos at YouTube. Share your screencasting tips, suggest a screencast, or ask questions in the comments area. If you have made a screencast for EMS education or training, share the link in the comments area.

About the author

Greg Friese is Editor-in-Chief of He is an educator, author, paramedic, and marathon runner. Ask questions or submit tip ideas to Greg by e-mailing him at

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