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:

  • A PowerPoint presentation where you would be teaching to the students and displaying the slides.
  • An interactive or informative website.
  • Directions for completing an assignment

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.