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Adventures in Screencasting

This week, our topic was how to make video tutorials using Screencast-O-Matic. For my screencast, I made a tutorial on how to find a pet to adopt using Petfinder. I thought this was an important topic because a lot of people might want to adopt a pet but have no idea where to start. Petfinder is an easy way to find your perfect pet through adoption rather than shopping at a pet store, and “adopt, don’t shop” is a cause that is very close to my heart, so I want to show people how easy Petfinder makes it to adopt a pet. I also briefly went through the site’s other features as well because it has a lot of great resources on pet care, volunteering, and more. The objective is for viewers to be able to successfully find a pet to adopt using Petfinder.


  1. I ran through the site myself to get an idea of what I wanted to show my viewers. I’ve used Petfinder before (my family used it to adopt our two cats), but it’s been a while, so I needed a refresher.
  2. I made an original script and practiced it a few times.
  3. I got everything set up on my computer, went to test my laptop’s microphone, and… realized it doesn’t work. At all. Great. Cue me spending two hours playing around with settings, looking up help articles, and wanting to throw my computer out the window. I finally ended up using an external microphone that my professor graciously let me borrow. Moral of the story? PLAN AHEAD and don’t assume technology is going to cooperate with you.
  4. Once I got all of my problems fixed, I recorded my screencast! It took me a bunch of tries to get it right because I kept messing up. I still messed up a couple of times in my final take, but it was nothing that was detrimental.
  5. WordPress doesn’t support MP4 files, so instead of directly uploading/embedding the video here, I had to upload it to YouTube and then embed it.

Check out my screencast below!

Fun fact: I absolutely HATE the way my voice sounds on recordings, but I think most us feel that way about our own voices!


Screencast-O-Matic is a great tool to use in the classroom. It can be used for a variety of purposes, such as:

  • Delivering online lessons or tutorials for an online course or a flipped classroom
  • Supplemental material for your lessons
  • Extra help tutorials or reviews for tests
  • Delivering a lesson that students can watch at home when school is cancelled (snow day!)
  • Staying on track even if you’re out of school for the day and there is a substitute

Screencasting is a great way to make engaging lessons that students can go through at their own pace, and it can be used in any subject area. I can definitely see myself using Screencast-O-Matic in my future English classroom. Possible topics:

  • How to navigate the school library’s online database
  • Grammar lessons
  • The writing process
  • Character or plot maps
  • How to use a specific tech tool that we will be using in class

Want to learn how to use Screencast-O-Matic? Check out the tutorial below:


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