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By Sally Finley - Posted Jan 1, 2013
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Company: TechSmith Corp., 2405 Woodlake Drive, Okemos, MI 48864; Website: www.techsmith.com.

Price: Basic service of Screencast.com is free of charge for 2GB of storage and 2GB of monthly bandwidth and includes TechSmith’s Jing. The Pro Account offers 25GB of storage and 200GB of monthly bandwidth for $9.95 per month or $99.99 per year. Free software upgrades, priority technical support, and volume discounts are available. Contact sales for special pricing for education, government, and nonprofit organizations.

Audience: Screencast can be used for all ages.

Format: Access to the internet is required using any browser.

System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7, 2MB of hard drive space, and broadband recommended. Mac OS 10.6 or later, 2MB of hard drive space, and broadband recommended.

Description: Screencast.com is a media-hosting tool that enables users to upload videos or images to share information and knowledge on the web in multimedia formats.

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Overall Rating:5 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support:A

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: Access is easy and quick. The site requires a login and password. In stallation Rating: A

Content/Features: Screencast.com can be used with Jing, Snagit, Camtasio, or Morae. Individual components include the following:

• Four privacy options are provided: public, hide from view, password protected, and authenticated user access.

• Users can categorize videos and images and create their own folders to store their content.

• Hosting ability is available using Jing or Snagit. The user takes a screen shot or screen video and uploads it to Screencast.com with one click. Email the link or post to Facebook, Twitter, or a blog.

• The Pro version offers extra storage of 25GB and 200GB of bandwidth. Users can add their own logos and color schemes and customize what the viewers see.

• Users can create a URL to share their videos via iTunes and RSS Feeds.

A basic membership permits users to upload Jing, which creates images and videos of what is seen on the computer screen, giving the user the ability to share images and videos instantly. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Any computer with a web browser will work. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: A large range of free training resources includes tutorials, videos, and guides. Trainer events offer personalized assistance to users. Third-party service providers offer help. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: Screencast.com is an excellent tool for teachers who want to follow the flipped classroom model. Students use video content available online to learn specific skills delivered through video created by their teacher. Learning content online provides more time for teacher-student interaction through questioning and collaboration.

This free web service serves as an entry point for high-quality images and videos. I especially like the four options for privacy. The teacher makes the decision as to whether the content will be public or private. Sharing videos with students, parents, other teachers, and the community is easy and effective.

Teachers can use Screencast.com to create a URL for access to videos. There are other products from TechSmith that help teachers capture and record video to use in their individual classrooms. As part of the free membership, Jing is available as an upload. Jing is a fast and easy way to capture anything appearing on a computer screen. An easy-to-understand tutorial explains how this tool works. Within seconds, any screen capture can be saved or sent anywhere using Jing.

There are many applications for Screen-cast.com. Students can create their own learning videos to share with peers. Quizzes can be added to the videos to provide an assessment option. I highly recommend trying Screencast.com and Jing. These are wonderful tools for both teachers and students. Highly Recommended.

Reviewer: Sally Finley is an educational consultant based in Coral Springs, Fla. Email: sallyfinley1@yahoo.com.


 
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