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Screencast-O-Matic

Screencast-O-Matic

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Book: Screencast-O-Matic
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Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018, 4:33 PM

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Using Screencast-O-Matic

Some teachers have a large stock of PowerPoints of their content area.  Teachers have been concerned with how they can continue to use resources that have already been created.  Recording your lessons using tools such as Screencast-O-Matic is the perfect, and easy method to record lessons.  Keep in mind, you would never put a PowerPoint on the screen in your classroom and walk over to your neighboring teacher.  That's exactly what happens when teachers simply post a PowerPoint in an online course.  PowerPoint is a presentation tool, not a substitute for instruction.

Screencast-O-Matic is an online screen recorder that will record whatever you may have displayed on your screen. Users use a microphone to narrate what you are demonstrating or teaching on the screen.  Some of the various items that you could record:

Screencast-O-Matic has a free online version (along with a downloadable file) or a paid version which is $ 15.00 per year. The free version will do everything that you would ever need for creating recorded lessons.  After the recording is complete, you will download the file from the site and then upload to MY MEDIA in Moodle to then be embedded into a Moodle Book Chapter.

Setting up and getting Screencast-O-Matic ready for recording

1. The first step in recording a lesson is choosing what conent that you would like to cover.  Remember that it's best to "chunk" the content based on concepts while keeping the lesson video no more than 4 to 5 minutes in length.  The content that you cover can be a PowerPoint, a website, a worksheet, or a combination of all three.  For our demonstration we will use a PowerPoint.  Therefore, I will open that PowerPoint and have it ready to go before I open Screencast-O-Matic.  I did a Google search using the search terms "pythagorean theorem filetype:pptx."  Using the words "filetype:pptx" Google will display only PowerPoints.


2. Click Slide Show from the tabs at the top.  Now minimize the PowerPoint.


3. Go to the Screencast-O-Matic website.


4. There are two ways to begin the recording process, let's cover the first.  Click on Start Recording to begin.  

Most often though, due to setting on most computers, you will not automatically go to the page to begin recording.  If that is the case, simply click on the Download + Install.  Also, be aware of prompts to allow or install the Java plugin. 


5. After Screencast-O-Matic has downloaded, you can find it within your programs.  Click the Start (with windows) > All Programs > Screencast-O-Matic (folder) > Screencast-O-Matic.

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6.  When opened, Screencast-O-Matic will have a recording frame that can be re-sized to fit whatever you want.  Click on and drag the corners to keep the same height and width perspective.  

To put the PowerPoint into Slide Show mode, click From Beginning.


7. This shows the re-sized Screencast-O-Matic recording frame.  


8. We will begin the recording in the next Sub Chapter of this Book.

Recording a recorded lesson with Screencast-O-Matic

1. Here are the options in the toolbar menu.  You can see that there is a webcam option.  This is optional, however, this is a great way to enhance your teacher presence in your course.  This will place a small box that is movable in the screen recording.  So as you record and present, you will also have a video presence.  Also, be sure to check your microphone to make sure that it is working.  Your microphone is working when there are green bars in the Meter area.


2. I will press the Start recording red button and a countdown will begin.


3. You will begin presenting your content using the PowerPoint as the presentation tool.  Remember to go through your animations or to go to the next slide, simply use the arrows on your keyboard.  The easiest way to lose your audience is to read every word on the PowerPoint word by word.  Talk with a conversational tone just as you were teaching in your classroom.  Do not script the recording word for word.  This method will sound too robotic.  It's ok to make a mistake where you have to correct yourself.  


4. The toolbar has various options.  The pause button allows you to pause at various moments to get a drink, gather your thoughts, etc..  The current length of the recording is displayed.  Remember to keep the recording at or around 4 minutes.  You do not have to get through an entire PowerPoint with one recording.  Just finish at a good stopping point, save the recording and then begin a new recording.  Here are the toolbar options:


5. After you have paused your recording, there are options to take the recording back second by second.  To continue recording click the Continue recording red button.  If you would like a complete re-start, click the Restart button.  When you have finished the recording, click Done.


6.  After clicking Done, you will be taken to the Home page where, on the right side, you will always select Publish to Video file.


7.  On the Publish to Video File selection page, you will keep the default options [Quicktime (MP4)] and Full Size.  Click Save Video.


8. Choose a location where you can easily find the video file after it has been saved.  After the video is later uploaded to your MY MEDIA in Moodle, these files can be deleted out of the created folder. Video files are very large, therefore, it is a very good practice to dump the video files often.


9.  The video will begin to download and save.

Screencast-O-Matic will show Saved to Video when complete.

The video file will then be stored in the location that you designated.


10. In the next sub chapter of this Book module, we will demonstrate how to upload the recorded lesson video file to Moodle using MY MEDIA/Kaltura and inserting it into a Book.

Uploading recorded lesson video to your course

1. By uploading the recorded lesson video file to MY MEDIA in Moodle, you will effectively have the file indefinitely.  Also, EVERY student will be able to view the video within Moodle.  Click MY MEDIA in the tabs near the top of any Moodle page.


2. Click Upload media or record from webcam.


3. Click Browse.


4. Click on the recorded lesson video file that you saved to a location in your computer.


5.  You will see the file name if successfully uploaded.  Then press Upload!


6. Add as many tag names as possible.  This will greatly enhance the ability to search for the video in the future when you may have hundreds stored in your MY MEDIA.  Click Next.


7.  The Video Uploaded Successfully message will appear.  Click Continue.


8. In the MY MEDIA library area, you will then see the newly uploaded video.  Keep in mind that the speed of the upload is affected by the size of the video file and the traffic on the Kaltura server.


9.  Now use the breadcrumbs at the top of your page and go back to the course in which you want to insert the recorded lesson video.  Click on the Book where you want the video embedded.


10.  You will open a new Add new chapter where you can embed the video.  Click the Insert Moodle media icon.


11. Click Find or upload a sound, video or applet...

12. Click Kaltura.



13. Click on Search.

And then beside the magnifying glass.

Type in the search area one of the tags from the video that you are searching.  If you do not have tags, place the cursor in the search area and press Enter.  All of the videos will be displayed.


14. Click on the video that you would like to embed.

     

Click Select this file.


15. Click the Insert.


16.  The embedded video will initially appear in the editing mode as a link.  Click Save changes.

       

 


17.  The video will now be displayed in the chapter of the Book.  

Click the expand icon in the bottom right to go full screen.