I have been testing ScreenToaster, which is an online program that allows you to make screencasts; videos of your computer screen. A screen cast is a really great way to teach someone how to use a computer program, or just have fun with personal reflection, story telling and so on.
The advantages that ScreenToaster has over programs like Jing is that you do not have to download anything onto your computer. Now I love Jing. It's very easy to use and produces great quality video. But unless you pay for the Pro service, you cannot embed the video you have made into YouTube or your blog. So I use Jing primarily for taking still photos of my computer screen.
In contrast, ScreenToaster produces embed code which then can be uploaded to your blog. And it looks as if you will soon be able to upload video directly to YouTube in the near future.
It did take a little while to iron out teething problems like the audio. And it is annoying having to go through the whole set up process every time you want to shoot a new video. But I do like being able to access embed code so I can put a video straight into this blog.
Here is my first attempt at making a video with ScreenToaster. For some reason it stopped recording without me knowing -maybe that was a signal that I was droning on too long. So I am sorry this is a bit rough, but at least you will see the quality ScreenToaster produces. I cannot remember who I got the idea of telling a story in conjunction with Google Maps from, so I apologize for being unable to attribute the idea.