Chris C. , Classroom teacher
Screencast-O-Matic is a screen-capture service that has a highly functional free version, and a powerful and easy subscription plan that doesn’t break the bank. If you use, or wish to use, screen capture technology, for flipping your class for example, please try this tool. You can record your screen, yourself, or both, and alternate between cameras. With subscription you gain access to point-and-click editing tools that are simply easy to use.
Oh, if you flip, please look at Screencast-O-Matic. Pay the $15, get the editing and distribution functions, and have fun.
Do I plan to use it?
Maybe. I do not flip at this point, but I do create multimedia pieces to establish context when the class is investigating primary source documents. I can see myself playing with Screencast-O-Matic. Certainly, if I need screen capture I will go to this service. IF I need bells and whistles, I will spend the $15 for a year’s license.
In fact, the more I think of it, the more I want to find a use for this service. I love it!
Commitment and Learning Curve
Best for ES MS or HS?
MS/HS, All Teachers
Basic tools are free
Pro is $15/year, very reasonable if you use it consistently, and you gain:
No watermark when publishing
Recording time limited only by local disk space
(Screencast-O-Matic uploads limited to 15 min per upload unless you have Premium Hosting)
Hosted in HD and supports playback on most mobile devices
Publish to Google Drive, Vimeo, Box, and Dropbox
Publish Screen Shots
Screen Shot tool
Record system audio on Win Vista/7/8
Webcam Only Recording
Draw & Zoom while recording
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