From Wikipedia: “A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, often containing audio narration. The term screencast compares with the related term screenshot; whereas screenshot is a picture of a computer screen, a screencast is essentially a movie of the changes over time that a user sees on a computer screen, enhanced with audio narration.”
There’s lots of ways why teachers and students could create Screencasts: tutorials, evidence capture, explanations, students-as-experts, AfL… and there are lots of tools to achieve this. Most of these tools you have to pay for or, if they are free, they’re more limited.
Perhaps one of the simplest (and free) of the tools recently seen is Screen-0-Matic. Because Screen-o-Matic runs in a browser, there’s no need to install anything other than Java in the browser. Chances are, you’re already installed Java, if not it’s easily installed and you’ll be prompted to install and accept – or you can download it here.
So how do you do it?
1. Go to Screen-0-Matic and click Start Recording.
2. Adjust the window (indicated by a dotted line) around the content you want to record. You can choose the the size of your recording and the microphone volume too. There’s also an option to turn on your webcam to make a video within the video. If you’re happy with your choices, click the red record button to start.
3. Click the done button to finish and to save or export the video.
Pretty simple and well worth a try.