With just a few days until my new students start school, I wanted to put together a video tutorial for them (and their parents) so I could free up our valuable class time that I would otherwise have to use by showing the students how to find information on the blog, where to find resources, or how to leave comments.

Since the students will learn how to use the blog at very different rates (based on their own comfort level with technology and their interest in actually utilizing the blog), a video tutorial is the perfect way for me to get this information out to them.  Students (and their parents) can watch, pause, or replay the video at their own convenience at home and as often as needed.

To make the video (on my very OLD MacBook in need of new updates) I used a FREE online service called Screencast-O-Matic.  It did not require any downloads or login, and it worked nicely with my very old operating system.  I was able to record the video and upload it to YouTube absolutely free. (There is a paid version which – I’m sure – will work a lot faster than the free one. But free is free.)

Here is the video tutorial that I made for the blog:

There are a few more free screencasting options that I want to try, but I would definitely use Screencast-O-Matic again.

What did YOU do in school today?

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