How I Use It
Once you use Screencast-O-Matic (SOM), you will never go back to repeating yourself over and over again! Students GET IT when you present content in this format - they are seeing it and hearing it at the same time. So simple to use, simply download to a computer and record. SOM will simultaneously video tape whatever is on the desktop of the computer you are using while audio taping too. You have the ability to save and embed without uploading to YouTube.
I've even used SOM as a "backup" to a Google presentation. When the audio did not work on the Google presentation, I merely pulled up the presentation, started SOM, and recorded the audio portion over the presentation creating a video of the Google presentation!
This product is so awesome for the absent student or flipping your class. I've given directions to students during class and posted the video on the LMS and asked students to review the "uploaded" video assignment before coming to class. I also use this product to record assignments for rotations in my classroom. I've never had a student ask me to repeat the directions and because I save the videos, I can email vidoes to students who have been absent or to parents who do not understand an assignment. Works incredibly well with those large projects - students' can't lose the video and serves as a great reminder as well.
Finally, I've also used SOM as an overview of the work expectations to be used with a substitute in class. There is something to be said for students hearing a "familiar voice" in the room when a sub is there as well.
As stated, I believe this to be an incredible tool for teachers - you are really able to differentiate. It serves teachers better as they are able to see and listen to their own lesson, therefore critiquing for clarity and quality. For students, it serves as way to keep up on missing assignments and it also insures they both see and hear what is being communicated!