Creating a screencast is made simple with www.screencastomatic.com. Screencasts are screen recordings that can be used in many ways, such as presenting instructional lessons or demonstrating features of a program or software.
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There are many reasons to use Screencast-o-matic. First, it is FREE. Of course there is a paid version that offers other editing features that the free version does not, but I have found the free version adequate for my needs in the classroom. Second, it is EASY and user friendly. It is awesome that you do not have to set up an account to create a screencast. However, if you do opt to create an account, Screencast-o-matic will allow you 2 GB of storage space within Screencast.com (sort of like a YouTube channel). You will need to have Java running, and when prompted, you will need to click on Accept to allow the recording applet to start screencasting. Third, videos can be up to 15 minutes in length, which is a definite benefit over using other free web-based tools such as Jing that only allows 5 minute videos. Finally, videos can be saved multiple ways. They can be saved as a Youtube video, .mp4, .avi, or .flv file.
To get started, just go to www.screencastomatic.com and follow the steps:
- When you select the “Start Recording”, a dotted frame will appear. Open the window you wish to record. For example, if you want to demonstrate how to use Microsoft Word, you would want to open Microsoft Word. After opening what you want recorded, you can drag and resize the frame to surround the recording area. If you do not want to drag and resize, you can select any of the frequently used video dimensions (see image below).
- When you are ready to record, choose a microphone by selecting the microphone on the recording tool bar. To begin recording, select the red button. You can pause throughout the video as needed by hitting pause button and then the record button to begin recording where the video was stopped previously. You can also toggle record/pause with ALT-P.
If you do not like what you recorded, you can restart anytime by selecting the restart button. This will delete the entire recording and allow you to restart. If you make a mistake while recording, the only editing you can do is to rewind to the point you made your mistake and truncate at that position to begin recording again. There are no other editing options in the FREE version.
- Once finished, select “Done” on the recording tool bar and choose how you would like to save the screencast. You can publish it as a YouTube video or save it as .mp4, .avi, or .flv file. When saving it you have the option to adding notes and/or captions.
Here are few tutorial videos. Some speak of the features offered in the pro version of Screencast-o-matic. The pro version is $9 per year. You may be interested in using the pro version for the editing component, one-hour length time, and saving options. There are many other screencast tutorials on YouTube.
Screencast-O-Matic Demos: This link contains many different tutorials on selected features of Screencast-O-Matic including creating captions
Since I am flipping my Algebra II classes this year, I create many instructional videos weekly for my students using Screencast-o-matic with ActivInspire. I have also found within my classroom, there is a need to share different types of tutorials such as how to save a file, create a data spreadsheet with a graph, submit an assignment, or navigate a website. Screencast-o-matic is an easy way to create an instructional lesson, demonstration, or tutorial for students to view and review. It is also a neat way for students to record video and audio as they demonstrate the proper procedure to solve a problem on an interactive whiteboard.
Your Challenge: Create a screencast of your own. Comment on how you could use this to enhance the learning of your students. Share any other ideas of how this might be a benefit to you, other educators, or students.