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Use Screencasting to Demo Software Processes

Screencasting or capturing using free and easy to use software is a simple technique to make short videos of software processes. Every paramedic shift I use computer software to punch into work and order supplies. On every call my partner and I use a mobile data terminal to find the patient’s locations and track our response times. After every patient contact we document our assessment and treatment using an electronic patient care report. When new features are added to our computer software I receive emails or a short introduction in a quarterly training meeting.

Unfortunately it is difficult to use a text email to describe or teach a visual procedure. Seeing a software process once during a training meeting does not create a lasting resource that I can refer back to when I actually have an opportunity to apply the software process. The screencasting software captures the action on my screen as I open windows, click on dialogue boxes, type text, or otherwise enter data. Many screen casting applications also capture audio input. I use a simple USB microphone headset to describe the actions I am doing as they are performed on screen.

Watch this short screen cast to see how I added a movie to

This is the video I added at during the screencast.

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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.