Screencasting in the classroom is a dynamic tool educators can use to tactually transform their classroom. Unlike some new technology such as software or some apps which require considerable time to learn to successfully navigate the new technology which is further compounded by the learning curve, ScreenCasting –Omatic is fast and easy to create and share screen recording. Distinctive features includes down loading the app which may be used as a standalone app for Windows or Mac PC and does not require administration access to install. However, a Pro recorder and Windows Vista or later, is requires to record sound from the speaker. Another distinctive feature: does not upload on internet, this app is limited to recording that are made on your individual computer. Likewise, devices to record on includes Windows or Mac Pc’s; windows requires XP or later; Mac requires OSX 10.7 or later. However, download is not required for Windows P using a Java enabled browser (and java installed) others, Download “Screen recorder launcher” Recording time is approximately 15 minutes with the free version. There are several several uses and application of screen recording in the classroom despite content are or grade level. For instance, “live screencasiting” during a class activity is a great tool to promote positive change in the classroom .Such examples might include: recording from a class lecture where students might upload and view the recording at home, which aids absent students; providing directions for a class project. Online /Hybird Blended Learning for any grade level instruction (K-12 & Higher Education)that involves any aspect of online delivery, such as creating a learning community, content delivery ,direct instruction, reading analysis math problem solving are additional example of uses and application of screen casting. Likewise, professional development is another use and application of screen casting, such as creating “live screencasts” of actual sessions which might be archived for later viewing; thus, offers educators the flexibility to learn new practices at individual paces.
Type of Material:
Screencast-o-matic supports a wide variety of uses, from teachers creating tutorials, instructional demos and offering targeted feedback, to students creating presentations and walkthroughs of their work. Screencast-o-matic can support the flipped classroom.
Download app -install as a standalone app for windows or Mac pc (does not require administrative access to install).
Internet browser with Java is required to run the web-based app. Optionally, if you would like to record your audio or video in addition to what is on your desktop, you will need a mic and/or webcam.
Note: Pro recorder and Windows Vista or later is required for editing tools, and extended recording time, which may be purchased for $15.00.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The purpose of this site is to create and share screen recording that is fast and easy. There are no set learning goals for the tool.
Target Student Population:
Target populations might include K-12 and Higher Education; college general education, technical and two year institutions, organizations and college level, and teacher preparation training. All disciplines can make use of Screencast-o-matic.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
None, though it would be helpful to have a rough outline or plan of the content that you would like to capture before creating a recording.
There is no learning content offered specifically, but the practice of creating a screencast is certainly an essential skill to learn for many educators, trainers and pre-service teachers. Because it is free of cost and simple to use, Screencast-o-matic allows these individuals to practice this skill in a low-stakes, user-friendly environment.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Several outstanding features were identified during this review; for example, the flexibility of screen casting includes class lectures, supporting online/hybrid/blended learning , developing student created content to support student based performance in various methods of instruction, grading to support feedback on an assessment or assignment that goes beyond text and rubric scores. Also,this feature supports professional development as a teaching and learning tool.
No learning objectives are prescribed, but the tool can be used in myriad ways to support curriculum and student-centered learning. Strong assignments can be both delivered with and created from Screencast-o-matic, with little to no effort on the part of the users in terms of wrestling with technology.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
In that the software is web-based and functions as a click-and-play app, the usability of Screencast-o-matic is phenomenal. Though there is a $15/year charge for some of the advanced features (such as recording system audio, recording for longer than 15 minutes, accessing a web-based video editor, or removing the watermark), the free functions are exemplary.
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