Screencast-O-Matic is a no-hassle, online tool you can use to quickly create instructional videos for your students. I've been using it to create video solutions to some of my test questions. I open my calculator's emulator software and a copy of the test in OneNote side by side and Screencast-O-Matic will record the audio and video of my solution as I go through the problem.
|Layout of a Math Problem Video Solution|
What I love about Screencast-O-Matic as opposed to other similar software is:
- It's free to create videos shorter than 15 minutes
- You don't have to mess around with complicated settings like video codecs. You just click record and go.
- There's a cursor highlight feature so that your students can follow your pen like the bouncing ball in a sing along as you show working or operate the calculator
At some point, I may find that I need some more advanced features found in programs like Camtasia, but for the time-being Screencast-O-Matic is the right balance of simplicity and features for my needs.