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Screencast-O-Matic: - Screen Recorder for Chromebooks, Windows & Mac Computers

Screencast-O-Matic: - Screen Recorder for Chromebooks, Windows & Mac Computers | technologies |

Easy-to-use, free screen recorder for Chromebooks (Beta), Windows and Mac to capture a video of your screen with the option to add narration and video from your webcam.

John Dalziel's insight:
As more Learning Providers adopt 1:1 computing and implement technology as part of the core learning program, Chromebooks are proliferating among educators and learners. With new improvements and capabilities, companies are also incorporating Chromebooks into the workforce, especially when Google Apps are utilised. 
Screencast-O-Matic is a screen recording tool that many educators have used on Windows and Mac computers. 
Screencast-O-Matic can now also be used on Chromebooks as well! 
Currently offered in Beta, the features may well change over time, based on user feedback. 
To use Screencast-O-Matic on a Chromebook users will need to... 
  - go to while on their Chromebook,
  - click launch recorder,
  - install the Chrome app when prompted, and then
  - start recording their screen. 
Key Features of the Free Chromebook Beta App are...
  - users can record free for 15 mins/video
  - there is no limit to the number of recordings users can make with the free version
  - users can record both their mic for narration and their computer sound
  - completed videos can be saved to Chromebook or saved directly to Google Drive.
  - there's no watermark on the free version during the Beta
  - the Beta allows users to save their videos to Google Drive or their Chromebook for sharing. 
Must be worth giving Screencast-O-Matic a trial on your Chromebook.
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Soapbox - screen & webcam recorder

Soapbox - screen & webcam recorder | technologies |
Stand out above the crowd. Create professional-looking videos with beautiful transitions.
John Dalziel's insight:
Soapbox is a relatively new tool from Wistia that makes it easy to create great screen-cast videos on a Chromebook or any computer that is using the Chrome web browser. 
With Soapbox installed in the Chrome web browser users can quickly record their screen and their webcam at the same time. 
Soapbox is a little different from other screen-cast tools. 
The most distinguishing feature is that users can have their video transition from their screen to their webcam to a combination of the two. 
Soapbox includes some simple editing tools for zooming in on an area of your screen and calling attention to specific parts of the screen. 
Once completed, Soapbox videos can be shared via email or anywhere else that users want to post a link to their video. 
Ideal for helping learners learn how to navigate a new web tool. 
For an introduction, take a look at ;
NOTE: The shortcoming of Soapbox is that users cannot download their video. It lives on Wistia's hosting service.
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TechSmith Snagit | Screen capture and screen recorder

TechSmith Snagit | Screen capture and screen recorder | technologies |
Snagit screen capture is award-winning software for Windows and Mac. Quickly get images and videos with a simple screen recorder. Start your free trial today!
John Dalziel's insight:
Snagit software gives practitioners, and/or learners, the complete tool for screen capture and video recording on both Windows and Mac. 
Snagit combines traditional screenshots, video recording, image editing, and file sharing. 
It's fast and easy to visually explain anything that is on-screen. 
Snagit allows users to capture images and video off their own screen, just as they view it on their own devices. 
Users can then add text, lines and shapes to images and save everything to their devices or upload them to Google Drive, YouTube and other locations. 
Take a look at... 
► Why SnagIt is the ideal tool for flipped learning at and/or 
► 20 ways Snagit can improve life in the classroom at and/or 
► SnagIt Editor Productivity Tips at ;
No it's not free but, it's well worth the current one-off payment.
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Screencast-O-Matic - Address Frequently Asked Questions with Screencasting

Screencast-O-Matic - Address Frequently Asked Questions with Screencasting | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:
Every learning environment has learners who... 
► need a little extra help, 
► have frequently asked questions, and/or 
► need the ability to rewind and listen to content again. Screencasting offers a great solution to address these questions or offer brief tutorials for learners. Screencastomatic... 
► allows users to create such videos; 
► offers the option to publish to YouTube or Screencastomatic; 
► places a yellow halo around the users cursor to make it easier to track.
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Doceri - The Interactive Whiteboard for iPad.

Doceri - The Interactive Whiteboard for iPad. | technologies |
Doceri is a scalable suite of products that allows a teacher or presenter to control a computer's desktop, to control audiovisual technology, and to annotate any presentation in real time with the Apple™ iPad™. Doceri is an intuitive interface that can replace interactive whiteboards and expensive AV touch panels.
John Dalziel's insight:

Doceri is a versatile app that lets practitioners, and/or learners, create, share, annotate and control presentations, and they can also record and share screen-casts.
At the time of curating this, the iPad version is free, and a Windows 8.1 version costs $4.99.
Trying to record voice narration while also recording or annotating a presentation can, for many, be challenging, and Doceri simplifies this process with a timeline-based editor that lets users capture a presentation first, then go back and add voice narration where appropriate. Users can also pause a recording as many times as they need.
Doceri also gives users many options for uploading or sharing screencasts; they can...
· share a screencast directly to YouTube or Facebook;
· send it privately as an e-mail attachment;
· save it to their camera roll;
· transfer it to their computer via iTunes;
· upload it to a LMS (learning management system) or Google Drive;
· incorporate it into iBooks Author; or
· import it into iMovie, Adobe Premiere or other video editing software.

Maria Sara de Lasa's curator insight, May 18, 2015 8:00 AM

New IWB tools 

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Office Mix - PowerPoint add-in

Office Mix - PowerPoint add-in | technologies |
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Office Mix is a new offering for practitioners, from Microsoft, which turns their PowerPoints into interactive presentations.

NOTE: Mix works with the 2013 version of PowerPoint by adding a tab with a number of tools to the interface.
Using Mix, a microphone and webcam, users can record themself narrating the slides and have this play along with their presentation.
They can also record screencasts and embed them into their slideshow.
Users can include interactive quizzes and polls, and they can receive feedback on how each of their learners performed on these.
Office Mix is very intuitive to use.
Mixes can be shared online and viewed on multiple devices.
It’s a great tool for blended learning activities.

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Active Presenter

Active Presenter | technologies |

ActivePresenter's free edition can do practically everything that the Standard and Pro edition can do; the only difference is that the commercial editions can export to a few more formats.


For most practical purposes, the free edition is more than satisfactory.


What does it do?


ActivePresenter allows users to screen capture, cut, slice, join, draw, annotate and do all kinds of editing that is required to produce engaging tutorials and/or demonstrations without touching any other video editing software.


Mouse clicks, cursor path and movement, keyboard key presses, drag and drop actions, and more, can all be shown; the editing library lets users add texts, graphics, pre-built shapes such as arrows, circles etc., spotlights, zoom-in and zoom-out, slide transitions, and other embellishments.


Record audio from a microphone or add an audio track from file.


Add closed captions/subtitles, and yes ActivePresenter has an image editor included as well.


Got to be worth a closer look!

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JISC Digital Media - The Little Guides

Little Guide to...
- Finding Digital Media Resources
- Copyright
- Cloud Computing
- Podcasting
- Screencasting


If you would like to suggest a 'Little Guide' subject area, or have a query, contact Digital Media via their Helpdesk Service or call 0117 331 4447

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Stage Pro: Interactive Whiteboard/Document Camera on the App Store

Stage Pro: Interactive Whiteboard/Document Camera on the App Store | technologies |
Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about Stage Pro: Interactive Whiteboard/Document Camera. Download Stage Pro: Interactive Whiteboard/Document Camera and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
John Dalziel's insight:
Stage Pro is a very good interactive whiteboard and document camera app. 
As an education practitioner you can use this app to create interactive tutorials and demo videos using both the convenience of your camera and the strength of an interactive whiteboard. 
Users can... 
  - record video and audio, 
  - annotate and mark-up picture and documents, 
  - create multi-page presentations, and 
  - easily capture and share lessons. 
Stage Pro includes collaborative features that allows users to use live video and interactive tools to ‘ showcase real-time problem solving, demos, and experimentation. 
Paired with Airplay, Stage makes wireless sharing quick and easy.
With the added flexibility to move around the room, educators can truly engage and involve learners. 
Other interesting features provided by Stage Pro include... 
  - Easily switch backgrounds from live front/rear camera feed, 
  - whiteboard/blackboard canvas, 
  - any picture from your photo library, or royalty-free academic images; 
  - import PDFs from Dropbox, Google Drive, or “Open in…” iOS feature; 
  - lock/unlock camera auto-focus to produce perfect, blur-free tutorials; 
  - dynamically present in real-time, wirelessly using Airplay or via a wired projector connection; 
  - save everything directly to your iPhone or iPad photo library for anywhere, anytime access; 
simple, accessible, and effective - No app login or internet connection required 
…you should give it a try and see if you like it.
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ViewedIt - Screen, Voice and Webcam Recorder for Practitioners who use Google Chrome and/or Chromebooks

ViewedIt - Screen, Voice and Webcam Recorder for Practitioners who use Google Chrome and/or Chromebooks | technologies |
Video for All
John Dalziel's insight:
ViewedIt is a free Chrome extension that makes it quick and easy to create and share screencast videos. 
ViewedIt could be a good screencasting tool for teachers who use Chromebooks and want to share tutorial videos with their learners. 
Being able to track when learners watch their videos is an added bonus. 
With the extension installed users can record their entire screen or just one window tab. 
ViewedIt will let users record themselves with their webcam as well. 
To record on ViewedIt users simply have to... 
  - click the extension icon  
  - choose what they want to record. 
...when they're done recording (max time of 1 hour per video), their video is automatically stored on ViewedIt. 
From ViewedIt users can share their video via email and social media. 
If they choose to share via email, they will be able to track who watched their video and the percentage of the video they watched. 
There is no limit to the number of videos users can record. 
NOTE : To be honest, ViewedIt has the following shortcomings... 
  - it doesn't let users download their videos and 
  - it doesn't let users upload their videos to YouTube or other platforms. 
Still worth a closer look, especially if practitioners are engaging with "Flipped Learning" and/or only have Chromebooks. 
My first effort can be viewed at
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CaptureCast Chrome Screen Recording

CaptureCast Chrome Screen Recording | technologies |
CaptureCast Chrome is a free screen recording and lecture capture extension designed for educators to empower video in the classroom
John Dalziel's insight:
For Learning Providers who use Chromebooks, the free Chrome app called CaptureCast will allow learners to Record a Webcam Video on their Chromebook. 
CaptureCast, produced by Cattura Video, allows users to record the screen on their Chromebook as well as input from their webcam. 
To record a video with the webcam on a Chromebook... 
► open CaptureCast in the browser 
► allow it to access your webcam and microphone 
► specify the resolution to use when capturing the video and 
► choose the audio quality. 
Note: If users have an external microphone connected to their Chromebook, they must make sure they have it enabled before they start recording. 
When they've finished recording in CaptureCast they can... 
► save their video on their Chromebook or 
► upload it to YouTube, or 
► upload it to Vimeo, or 
► upload it to Google Drive. 
Rather than having learners write their blog posts, they can record short videos to talk about what they've learned in learning environments that week, or share their thoughts on a topic that practitioners have posted for discussion on their course blog. Including videos in blog posts is a good way to increase engagement on course blogs.
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Explain Everything™ - Interactive and Collaborative Whiteboard

Explain Everything™ - Interactive and Collaborative Whiteboard | technologies |
Explain Everything is a unique interactive screencasting whiteboard app being used by over 2 million students, teachers, leaders, and learners around
John Dalziel's insight:
Explain Everything is an easy-to-use... 
► design, 
► screencasting, and 
► interactive whiteboard tool 
...with real-time collaboration that lets users... 
► animate, 
► record, 
► annotate, 
► collaborate, and 
► explore ideas, knowledge and understanding. 
Explain Everything provides Education Practitioners and Learners an opportunity to... 
► share thinking, 
► reflect upon knowledge building, and 
► assess both products and processes of learning. 
It's available for iPad, Chromebook, Android, and Windows Devices.
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Screencastify | technologies |
A simple video screen recorder for Chrome,
Chromebooks and Chromeboxes
John Dalziel's insight:

Screencastify is a video screen capture software for Chrome.
Just press record and the content of your tab, webcam or desktop is recorded.
Users can easily create screencasts for video tutorials, record presentations etc.
Screencastify does not depend on any plugins (like Java, Flash or others), so runs on all platforms that run Chrome...
   - Linux,
   - Windows,
   - OS X or
   - ChromeOS (Chromebooks and Chromeboxes).
Screencastify can store their recordings on Google Drive, so they can access them from anywhere. This also helps to save local storage, especially on Chromebooks.
All Versions include:
   - Desktop capturing
   - Chrome tab capturing
   - Embed webcam videos
   - Direct upload to Google Drive and Youtube
   - Maximal privacy - videos are recorded locally
   - Automatic updates
Note: Free Version - Recording length limited to 10 minutes.

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Ask3 | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Ask3 (from TechSmith, the makers of Jing and Camtasia) is...
- screencasting software,
- collaboration tool,
- differentiation platform and
- scaffolded support system all rolled into one FREE iOS app.
Learners and/or practitioners can draw on a virtual whiteboard, record their drawings, narration and even annotate over pictures.
Ask3 also...
- allows learners to automatically upload these screencasts so that they are instantly viewable from all iPads logged into the same "class".
- also gives learners the ability to comment on each other's video - from within the video timeline; they can pause the screencast and add their own comment(s), question(s) or suggestion(s). All of these comments are instantly viewable for the class and practitioner to see and reply to.
There's more.
If text isn't enough to answer a question. Peers and/or practitioners can...
- pause the video where they want to provide help,
- comment,
- ask a question or solve the problem.
Ask3 then allows them to screencast over that paused image and to create their own video response, taking over from where the original video left off.
The video response is then available for the class to view in the timeline as well.
I'm sure that's enough to enthuse potential users.

Mark Ayton's curator insight, August 15, 2013 6:28 AM

Need a simple free tool for instantly preparing, presenting, pre-recording and flipping learning activities? This could be the very thing to get your suite of iPads out of the racks and into action! Thanks to @acljohn for another great find.

Tina Jameson's curator insight, August 15, 2013 7:08 PM

Looks like a very useful collaborative classroom tool.  Free too at the moment so well worth trying!

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Webinaria | technologies |

Free open source screen recording software.



- is excellent quality;

- gets continuously upgraded and improved;

- is remarkably easy to use.

- creates a screen record video in .AVI format, and has the option to create an FLV file from it.


Webinaria can also combine a different video input, like a webcam, with the screen recording process.

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