So, I know I'm late on getting this thing rolling, but my first find that proved useful was Jing. A few others have mentioned Jing in our classes and I have always been intrigued. It is a free download, which when running, deposits an easy user interface in the form of a glowing sun in the corner of your screen. While simple screen captures or image captures can be achieved simply with Macs and I guess PCs, I think the real benefit of Jing comes with the screencasting. It is easy as pie, even with the free version, to select the size of your capture, click on the video button, and record everything you are doing on the screen with audio. You can pause to bring up a different screen or catch your breath too! The one thing I haven't figured out is how to back up a wee bit to clean up a mistake.
We usually complete a few computer lab assignments during the year and they always entail the repetition of directions on how to access or use websites and/or tools. Creating a video tutorial that can be played by whoever, whenever is a great replacement for printed directions or my failing voice. I will just need to hand over the headphones...
As that plan ferments...I have created a much needed video (screencast), which I uploaded to our class Wiki. I noticed many students accessing the numerous StudyStacks I created and parents who do not know how to use the site in spite of the printed directions on our Wiki.
Hopefully this video will help: http://bbmslifescience.hcpss.wikispaces.net/HOMEWORK