What is Screencast-o-matic

Screencast-o-matic is a web-based video recorder allowing for screen capture and webcam video production.

What is the purpose of Screencast-o-matic

Screencast-o-matic can be used to create short tutorials and video presentations that include a webcam video (i.e. of your ‘talking head’) and screen activity (i.e. anything you might normally display on your screen such as a PowerPoint).

How to use Screencast-o-matic

Screencast-o-matic can be used as a web-based tool directly from the Screencast-o-matic website. Alternatively, a desktop app can be downloaded from the website and used locally from your computer.

The Screencast-o-matic platform allows you to indicate what you would like to record (i.e. screen capture, webcam). Recorded videos can be saved to your computer or uploaded to a video sharing service such as Screencast-o-matic’s own service or YouTube. Videos are commonly saved as an MP4 (although other formats are possible, too).

Where to find Support

This tool is not centrally supported

Help and Documentation

For help, please refer to the Screencast-o-matic documentation

Tool Evaluation

Functionality overall rating: 2 starsFunctionality

Rating Rationale
Scale rating: 3 stars


Screencast-o-matic can be scaled to accommodate any size class with the flexibility to create smaller sub-groups or communities of practice

Ease of use rating:3 stars

Ease of Use

Screencast-o-matic has a user-friendly interface that is easy to navigate and personalize

Tech Support/ Help Availability rating: 2 stars

Tech Support/Help Availability

Technical support and help documentation is available in the form of web pages or videos

Hypermediality rating: 3 stars


Screencast-o-matic allows users to communicate through different channels (audio, visual, textual) and allows for non-sequential, flexible/adaptive engagement with material. Screencasts can include webcam video, audio, and screen capture.

Accessibility overall rating: 2 starsAccessibility

Rating Rationale
AODA Friendly rating: 2 stars

AODA Friendly

Screencast-o-matic has limited capacity to be fully accessible for users or for materials to be made AODA-friendly. Instructors are encouraged to add closed captions during the editing process, and/or provide scripts in an accessible form for screen readers. Instructors are also encouraged to be mindful of text and image size when engaging in screen capture.

User Foused Participation rating: 3 stars

User-focused participation

Screencast-o-matic is designed to address the needs of diverse users, their various literacies, and capabilities, thereby widening opportunities for participation in learning

Required Equipment rating: 2 stars

Required Equipment

Proper use of Screencast-o-matic requires a webcam, speakers, and ideally, an internal microphone

Technical overall rating: 1 starsTechnical

Rating Rationale
OWL Integration rating: 1 stars

OWL Integration

The tool itself cannot be integrated/embedded in OWL. However, exported projects (i.e. created MP4 files) can be uploaded to OWL (i.e. student could watch instructor-created Screencast-o-matic video)

Operating Systems rating: 3 stars

Operating Systems

Users can effectively utilize Screencast-o-matic with any standard, up-to-date operating system (i.e. Windows 10, Apple OSX, etc.)

Web Browser rating: 3 stars

Web Browser

Users can effectively utilize Screencast-o-matic with any standard, up-to-date web browser (i.e. Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 10 etc.)

Additional Tech Requirements rating: 2 stars

Additional Tech Requirements

Use of Screencast-o-matic may require download of a Screen Recorder Launcher or desktop app version

Mobile Design overall rating: 1 star Mobile Design

Rating Rationale
Mobile Operating Systems rating: 1 stars

Mobile Operating Systems

Screencast-o-matic is severely limited or absent functionality on most mobile devices. It is mainly intended for desktop use.

Mobile Functionality rating: na stars

Mobile Functionality

Screencast-o-matic is not intended for use on mobile

Offline Access rating: 2 star

Offline Access

The web-based version of Screencast-o-matic requires internet connection for access and use of the tool. The downloadable full app install requires internet connection for saving and exporting video creations (although recording functions are available).

Usage and account set up overall rating: 2 starsUsage and Account Set Up

Rating Rationale
Sign Up/Sign In rating: 3 stars

Sign Up/Sign In

Use of Screencast-o-matic does not require the creation of an external account or additional login; no personal user information is collected and shared

Cost of Use rating:  2 stars

Cost of Use

Limited aspects of Screencast-o-matic can be used for free with other elements requiring payment of a fee, membership, or subscription. See Free versus Pro Features list

Archiving Saving and Exporting Data rating: 3 star

Archiving, Saving, and Exporting Data

Users can save/ export video creations in a variety of formats (i.e. MP4, AVI, FLV, and GIF)

Data Privacy and Ownership rating: 3 star

Data Privacy and Ownership

Users can save their video creations directly to their local computer. Video files can be published to the Screencastomatic website if the creator wishes to share it publicly.

Social Presence overall rating: 2 starsSocial Presence

Rating Rationale
Collaboration rating: 2 stars


Screencast-o-matic can be used for creating videos that communicate ideas, however it does not support interactivity, and transfer of meaning between users directly

User Accountability rating: na stars

User Accountability

User accountability is not a related concern with Screencast-o-matic

Diffusion rating: 3 star


For viewing videos created by Screencast-o-matic, students do not need to be familiar with the tool itself. If students were to make use of the tool themselves (i.e. for student generated video), it is likely that familiarity with the tool is mixed, and that some students would lack basic technical competence with its functions

Instructor Presence overall rating: 2 starsInstructor Presence

Rating Rationale
Facilitation rating:2 stars


Screencast-o-matic has some functionality to effectively support an instructor’s ability to be present with students via active management, monitoring, and engagement. Instructors are encouraged to incorporate webcam-based ‘talking head’ components into their videos for greater instructor presence.

Customization rating: 3 stars


Given the way Screencast-o-matic enables screen capture, the tool is easily adaptable and customizable to suit the classroom context and targeted learning outcomes

Learning Analytics rating: na stars

Learning Analytics

As a basic video recording tool, Screencast-o-matic does not collect analytics

Cognitive Presence overall rating: 2 starsCognitive Presence

Rating Rationale
Enhancement of Cognitive Task(s) rating: 2 stars

Enhancement of Cognitive Task(s)

Given that Screencast-o-matic can be used to communicate ideas through screen capture and multimedia, it may enable functional improvement to engagement in the targeted cognitive task(s)

Higher Order Thinking rating: 2 stars

Higher Order Thinking

Given that Screencast-o-matic can be used to communicate ideas through screen capture and multimedia, it may engage students in exercising higher order thinking skills (given significant consideration to design, facilitation, and direction from instructor)

Feedback on Learning rating:2 stars

Feedback on Learning

Screencast-o-matic could be used to record video that provides feedback to students, however, opportunities for this form of feedback might only be applicable to specific contexts.

Security and Privacy

This tool has not been formally reviewed by Western’s Technology Risk Assessment Committee

Security and Privacy Flags


  • Users are required to create and use a non-Western account. It is highly recommended that users do not use the same username and password that is in use at Western.

Information Collection

  • Application collects information that could identify the user specifically (email address, class schedule, etc..)


  • Acceptance of the Application's Terms of Conditions or End User License Agreement may bind the institution to an agreement thereby requiring legal counsel to review the application contract.

Cost and Approval

  • The application may require the instructor to enter credit card information
  • The application may require students to enter credit card information


  • The default setting of this application is to share user’s content publicly

Last Updated: January 31, 2020


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