Screencast-O-Matic – A Must-Have for the Flipped Classroom


An Easy Way to Create Videos For the Flipped Classroom - Screencast-o-MaticScreencast-O-Matic is one of the fastest, easiest ways to create screencasts with no software to download.  It’s one of my go-to sites for the flipped classroom.  It’s perfect for narrating PowerPoint or Keynote presentations, or explaining an illustration.  One of my favorite uses is to create video instructions for teaching a computer skill. Watch a quick video demo here.
The free account allows you to record up to 15 minutes (more than enough for any flipped classroom video). A handy yellow halo follows your cursor around the screen on your finished video.  Free hosting of your videos is available, or you can save the video file to your hard drive.  You can also publish to YouTube HD, Google Drive, Vimeo, and more. The free version does not offer editing tools, but you can back up your recording and re-record sections.
To get started just go to and click START RECORDING.  Select the area of your screen that you would like to record and choose whether or not you would like to appear in the video using your webcam (you can always remove yourself later).
Screencast-O-Matic Getting Started
Getting Started
Screencast-O-Matic Basic Controls 
Basic Controls
Simultaneous Web-Cam and Screencast Recording
Simultaneous Web-Cam and Screencast Recording
Premium accounts offer many more features for $15 /
Free vs. Pro Accoun
Jing is another great screencast recorder that I featured in a previous post.  Looking for a way to just capture screenshots instead of video?  Check out my post on Skitch.

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Sarin Samuel

My Screen Recorder Pro is a better screencast software tool. Records your screen and audio from the speakers or your voice from the microphone – or both simultaneously. The recordings are clear and look great when played back on your PC or uploaded to YouTube. It will record directly to AVI, WMV, MP4, or FLV. Just perfect for creating tutorials, demos, and presentations. Plus, java is not required and there are no limits on recording length. Also, the recordings play back on any device.


Thanks for the suggestion! I'd love to check it out. Unfortunately they don't offer a Mac version at this time.

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