Friday, January 16, 2009

Make Screencasts for Free

I recently came across a free web-based screen capture tool. Here is a short screencast that I made to test the effectiveness of the tool.



The tool can be found at screencast-o-matic.com and I found it very simple to use. I did not notice much in the way of editing the video itself. It appears that if you want to change something you may have to redo the whole screencast. It did look like you could add on more though. The audio seemed good and the panning was pretty smooth. For a free tool, I thought this was impressive, especially for use by teachers that are new to screencasting and want to give it a try.

5 comments:

  1. I use this tool all the time to communicate with teachers and share new technologies with them. It is quick, easy, and effective.

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  2. Thank you for your input, Carl.

    Personally, I have been a user of Camtasia and Captivate and have made mention of these tools to others that were interested but this seems like a great alternative to spending the cash when budgets are thin to begin with.

    I will continue to use those tools for the greater flexibility and capabilities they offer but I will begin using this for some small things I may want to share.

    I am particularly interested in trying this out with students and having them use it to create projects for class.

    Have you done any student projects with this tool?

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  3. [...] - This is a nice free one for testing out this type of technology. See my earlier post on this [...]

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  4. Our students use this tool all the time. Our Computer Applications teacher utilizes peer-teaching strategies with his students using this tool to teach each other how to use various different computer applications. Some of these screencasts go into a district directory that our teachers can use as a reference tool for their own professional development. We have found it to be a good way of letting our teachers ask students for help without feeling like they are loosing their "expert" status in front of the classroom.

    We have also used this tool in other classes for student presentations. It works real nice for students to put together slide presentations and then screencast them. The ease and simplicity of Screencast-o-matic removes the technical barrier of having to learn much in order to record and publish screencasts. We have found it really allows students to focus on the content of their presentations.

    Wishing I were at Educon 2.1,
    Carl

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  5. My Screen Recorder Pro will work better for you. It is an excellent screencasting tool. Records your screen and audio from the speakers or your voice from the microphone - or both simultaneously. The recordings are clear and look great when played back on your PC or uploaded to YouTube. It will record directly to AVI, WMV, MP4, or FLV. Just perfect for creating tutorials, demos, and presentations. Plus, java is not required and there are no limits on recording length. Also, the recordings play back on any device.

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