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Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Screencast-o-Matic-Capture Your Screen

Today's Website~ 

●  Screencast-o-Matic


Capture Your Screen (Screencast-o-Matice)



What is it about?

●  Screencast-o-Matic is a web-based screencast creation tool.  You can record your screen

    up to 15 minutes (for a free version).

●  You can choose to record your voice or record your image simultaneously when you

    record your screen activity.

●  After you finish recording, you can upload it to Screencast-o-Matic or YouTube.  You can

    choose to export it (MP4) to your computer. 

●  Before you upload or export it, you can add notes at a certain moment in the recorded

    screen.

Why is the content good for language learning?

●  This tool is good for teachers to give individual students feedback.

●  The visual and audio characteristics make the teacher's feedback clearer.

●  The feedback from teachers are authentic English.  Students can practice their listening

    at the same time.

●  Learners can use this tool to present their work, too, e.g. practice their presentation and,

    describe a picture or a video. 

●  The video can be embedded and shared.  Learners can keep their works or the teacher's

    feedback in their blog, or export it to their computers.

How might you use it in a language teaching context?  

●  Teachers can use Screencast to correct students' writing, pronunciation, or explain

    the common errors students make when learning English.  It can also be used to give 

    students feedback and instructions as their visual notebooks.

●  Students can use this tool to do film-dubbing, video commenting, picture describing,

    or story-telling.  Since the visual and audio are the main characteristics of this tools,

    the teacher can have students work collaboratively using Mixbook, YUDU, Issuu (online 

    publishin tools) or Powerpoint students to briefly introduce their works, and share them 

    with their peers, friends and their family.

●  Before students present their works on the screen, the teacher has to give students

    some instructions, have them practice, and make sure students are ready to record 

    and present their work.

Limitations~
  
●  Need sufficient computers and Internet.  Headphones are needed, too.

●  When students work collaboratively, it might be very noisy when all of the groups are 

    talking simultaneously.  A computer with only one headphone makes it difficult for several 

    students to talk in turn.

●  If there are too many students in a class, it might take the teacher lots of time to give 

    individual students feedback.
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 Example~

●  Here is the tutorial of how to use Screencast-o-Matic.

How to Use Screencast-o-Matic
●  After you finish recording, you can upload it to SOM (Screencast-o-Matic) or your 

    YouTube film folder, or you can export it to your computer.
Upload the ScreenCast or Export It to Your Computer

●  If you choose to upload it, you can also embed it in your blog.
  
Embed Your Screencast

    

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