Screencast-o-Matic is a web based service that allows you to create and host screen casts online. What, you might be asking, is a screen cast?! What a wonderful question. A screen cast captures your computer desktop as a video, and allows you to capture additional audio as voice over. “Huh?” If you’ve ever watched a video of computer screen with someone giving directions to you at the same time, you’ve seen a screen cast. Screencast-o-Matic is a free tool that allows you to record a 15 minute screen cast, and publish it online.
Allright, so what’s the big deal? Well, now you can share anything you see on your computer with anyone else. The colloquialism goes that: seeing is believing. That is: it’s easier to deny an idea that’s abstracted, but much harder to deny concrete evidence that you can see. Sceencast-o-Matic allows you to share what you’re seeing on your computer with someone else, as well as an audio commentary at the same time. Maybe that means that you want to narrate a slide show, or a powerpoint presentation; maybe you’d rather show some graphs and point out data consistencies (or inconsistencies). This is kind of like “show and tell,” but instead of sharing your favorite geode with just your classmates, you can now share anything you find on the internet with anyone you has an internet connection.
Okay, enough jibber-jabber, show me the how-to!
Head on over to:
Click Log In and create a Screencast-o-Matic Account by registering.
Click Create or Start Recording.
A window with a dotted line will pop up – this is your recording space. Anything that appears on your monitor inside this box will be recorded.
You can resize this window by using the little squares on the sides, or in the corners:
When you’re ready to record, just click on the red circle to start. The record button turns into a pause button while you are recording so you can take a breather and think. When you’re finished, click the done button.
Upload the video to SOM (Screencast-O-Matic)
Make sure that you give it a title, and description, then click Upload to SOM
A screen will open up that tells you when your upload is finished, and give you a link to your video. Click on that link and take a look at what you’ve just made (required in order to get to the next step.)
Copy the link or the embed code for your video.
The link takes you to the Screencast-o-matic page to play the video. Copy the “Share Link” code, which is on the page with your video. It’s towards the bottom of the page, so make sure you scroll down to find it:
Highlight the code by clicking on it and press Control/C to copy it to your clipboard.
You can paste this link in a Discussion board or blog entry in BlackBoard, an email or in a browser.
If you are posting to a web page like a Google Site, choose the embed code option. From the page with your video copy the “embed” code. It’s towards the bottom of the page, so make sure you scroll down to find it:
It should look something like this:
<iframe width=642 height=527 frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” src=”http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/embed?sc=c6XnIX6Fe&w=640&v=3″></iframe>
When you add a new post to your student page, click on “HTML
Paste that crazy long code into the page, and click “update.”
Then click “Save”
TaDa you’re done.
Originally created by Keene State College – Center for Engagement, Learning, and Teaching.
November 2010 updated June 2012