Nobody likes hearing their own voice played back. Now there is a science to why this is, but it really is no excuse for avoiding the time saving, class improving and future embracing process that is screencasting. And with amazingly simple, adaptable and free tools such as Screencast-O-Matic the excuses are even more thin on the ground. Just a matter of clicking a link and hitting record, it’s easy to see why Screencast-O-Matic is the number one pick for screencasting educators everywhere.
Pricing: Free / Pro
Compatibility: Windows / Mac
Access: No signup required
A Quick Look
While the free version of Screencast-O-Matic does just about everything most educators require, the (quite reasonably priced) Pro version could be worth exploring for more advanced screencasters.
1. Instructional walkthroughs
Do you find yourself continually repeating instructions to your students? To parents? To staff? One of the best ways to save yourself going over the same thing again and again is to create a simple recording. Whether it’s how to login to the school site, how to access certain class resources or even classroom safety instructions, a simple screencast can save you a heap of time. It also means that when people inevitably forget what you told them, they can simply re-run the video to refresh their memory.
2. Record presentations and slides
Presentations are something we all find ourselves having to do at some point. Rather than presenting live, consider recording your next presentation using Screencast-O-Matic. Simply set up your slides as normal, make sure you are in a quiet space and use the tool to record your screen and voice as you present. Not only does this mean you can create a higher quality edited piece, it also means you can share your presentation with a global audience online (only if you want to of course).
3. Flipped lessons
4. Student guides
Try introducing your students Screencast-O-Matic and have them use the tool to create their own video guides. This could be something as straight forward as talking through a math solution, all the way to a full demonstration of an experiment and results. The final video can then be used to teach other students or as an excellent digital asset to share with parents.
5. The power of post-processing?
As mentioned, for most educators the free version of Screencast-O-Matic will do everything they ever need. One feature that may make the Pro version worth considering is some of the advanced editing tools. Features such as text and image overlays, screen highlighting and blurring can be very useful to cement concepts when creating video lessons.
Links and Next Steps
- Screencast-O-Matic tutorials – Help and tutorial videos from the SOM team
- Introduction to Flipped Classroom Model – Video (9 min)
- Flipped Classroom Lesson Preparation – Video (4 min)
- Screencasting in the Classroom – Slide deck from Texas Computer Education Association
- 3 Myths of Flipped Learning
- Screencast-O-Matic Tutorial – Video by teacher-librarian Jen Jonson (7 min)
- How to Screencast in 3 Simple Steps – Guide from leading educator Cool Cat Teacher
- Add Assessment to Video Using eduCanon
- How to use screencast-o-matic – Video tutorial showing on flipping your lessons (4 min)
Feature image adapted from image courtesy of Flickr, eflon.