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Digital Tools for Teaching and Learning

Screencast-O-Matic

Screencast-O-Matic is a free screen casting and video editing software tool that can be launched directly from a browser. Screencast-O-Matic can be used to create video from your screen, and it doesn’t require you to download any software.

With a free account, users have access to:

  • 2GB of bandwidth/month
  • LMS integration
  • 30 music tracks

Screencast-O-Matic is best for

  • Video tutorials and lessons:
    • Lecture capture and student video assignments. 
  • Video creation for flipped classrooms.
  • Bi-directional student assignments. 

Limitations

  • Uploads to Screencast-O-Matic.com are limited to 15-minutes per upload, unless you have the Premium plan

Accessibility

You will need to create captions and provide a transcript to make your video accessible. Read more about making your videos accessible

Resources

QuickTime Screen Recording

QuickTime Player on Mac products can be used to capture and record your screen. Open QuickTime from your Applications folder, then choose File > New Screen Recording from the menu bar. The Screen Recording window will open.

QuickTime is free for all MacOS users.

QuickTime is best for

  • Simple screen recording on mac products.
  • Virtual lectures and tutorials.
    • Capturing course material.

Limitations

  • Only available on Mac's

Accessibility

Using QuickTime

Can use Mac's VoiceOver as well as keyboard controls to use Quicktime. For full keyboard access, set "All controls" in Keyboard & Mouse System preferences. Some controls are only partially supported. For more information, see the QuickTime Accessibility report and Mac Accessibility. 

Creators of Content

Whatever you create with QuickTime, remember to review the guidelines for creating accessible videos. You will need to create captions and a transcript. 

Resources

iorad

iorad is a web-based software for businesses that helps create step-by-step tutorials for websites or applications. iorad captures everything the user does inside the capture frame and automatically breaks it down into step-by-step instructions. It knows where the actions took place, highlights them, and creates editable text instructions based on what the user clicked on.

With a free account, users have access to:

  • Unlimited public tutorials
  • Unlimited tutorial access for learners
  • Access to the centralized help center
  • Mobile access

iorad is best for

  • Cataloguing and categorization.
  • Content and knowledge based management.
  • Collaboration.
  • Instant sharing with employees, customers, or students.
  • Training and creating training videos.

Limitations

  • Cannot change language (if the screen cast is created in English, it cannot be translated into French).
  • Minimal design features if looking to change the visual presentation of tutorials. 

Accessibility

iorad says that anything forward facing, meaning the tutorial player, meets Accessibility requirements. There are:

  • Captions and audio
  • Zoom in and out
  • Choice to move through it step by step or to watch it as a video
  • Download it as a pdf (not accessible)

The creator side is not accessible. 

Resources

Techsmith Capture

TechSmith screen capture software and solutions are for anyone who wants to create and share images and videos for better training, tutorials, lessons, and everyday communication.

This tool is free to download on chrome, internet explorer, and firefox.

Techsmith is best for

  • Training
  • Tutorials
  • Distance lessons and education 
    • Communication and collaboration
  • Webcam and system audio recording,

Limitations

  • Falls short of fully-fledged video editing tools.

Accessibility

 

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