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Smarter collaboration: Screencasting


CC BY Some rights reserved by Horia Varlan

Screencasting means recording your desktop and adding voice commentary using a headset. Here are tools to help you record short presentations, instructions, explain how to use a website/tool/service etc. 

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Screencast-o-matic is a really simple screencasting tool - record your voice and show whatever you do on your desktop. You can record with Screencast-o-matic without even creating an account but a free account is good to have if you want to save and edit what you create. When you have recorded your film (max 15 minutes) you can edit it before uploading it to your computer, to Screencast-o-matic or direct to YouTube. A Pro account costs only $15 per year and allows you more storage, better security and more features.

Useful for:

  • Showing functions in a web site or tool
  • Recording short presentations with slideshow and voice 
  • Explaining administrative routines 

Here's a short introduction film.


ActivePresenter is a more advanced screencasting tool that is integrated with Microsoft Office. You need to download the tool first to your own computer. There is a free version that lets you record screencasts in the most common video formats but the full capabilities, including integration with Microsoft Office, are only available in the commercial versions.   

Here is a short introduction film.