Using Screencast-O-Matic

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.