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Make your Own Screencasts

A screen capture tool records the actions on your computer screen as you perform them. The output of the capture is a screencast that can be shared as a video file, downloaded to your computer for editing, uploaded to a screencast sharing website, posted as a video to a site like YouTube, or embedded into a blog. (This Everyday EMS Tips post was originally posted at Read this and other articles there.)

Screencasting has many potential uses for emergency response educators and trainers. A screen cast could be used to introduce a new or revised protocol. I introduce a new bomb blast protocol in this screen cast.

As you heard the screencast software (screenr) was able to capture my voice as it recorded my onscreen actions, movements, clicks, and keyboard entries.

Other ways you could use screencasts include:


1)      Demonstrating entry of 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 embed 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.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.