How educators can use 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 or website.

Screencasting has many potential uses for EMS educators and training officers. A screencast could be used to introduce a new or revised protocol. The screencast software is able to capture my voice as it records 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 like your agency’s Facebook group or enroll in a CPR class

There are several free tools available for creating screencasts. Do you have a favorite? 

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.

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