Pencast is especially useful if you use formulas and equations, or if you simply like to write on a board while you talk. For you as a teacher, if the students can watch part of the lecture beforehand it can give you more time for questions and dialogue in class.
What is it?
A pencast is a recording of your writings or drawings, typically with a voiceover in which you explain your drawings. You can draw on paper, your computer or tablet. The program can be used on different software and hardware. The output is a video that you can upload to Absalon, video.ku.dk, YouTube, etc.
The first example (in danish) is from assoc.prof., PhD Ulf Madsen,
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UNICPH
The second example is from Khan Academy, where you can find free online videos of subjects like Chemistry.
What is the value?
A pencast is especially useful for those who use formulas and equations, or who simply like to write on a board while they talk. Students can use the videos to prepare for lectures or to revise during the course. A big advantage is that the students can watch the pencast and hear the explanations again and again.
Which Software Should I choose?
There are several options if you want to make a pencast. Here are two suggestions.