Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Record Your Demonstrations!

Last week, I discovered Screencast-O-Matic (SoC). SoC is a web application that allows you to record whatever you are doing on your computer screen (along with sounds), and publish it your own drive and/or to the web!  Imagine, if you will, the possibilities!  Endless!

I have been recording my how-to demonstrations in one class (I suppose I could pre-record too), and then using those recordings for my other classes. I am also publishing my recordings on my class blog.  Students who were absent and/or need review can view my recordings and get the benefit of in-class instruction.  Additionally, viewing the demonstrations allows me to crit my own teaching style.  I'm not going to lie. . .I am SO excited about creating a virtual library of how-to's!

Here are two of my most recent recordings

How to Make a Landscape Collage (project inspired from Arteasculola -from here)

How to Make a Ming Vase (project inspired Becker Middle School Art -from here)

P.S. I should add. . .Students who viewed these demos had already participated in an Art History discussion related to the project. . .And, had viewed an exemplar. . . My point? That they already had a rudimentary idea of what was/is going on! :)


  1. This is great, i have been trying to figure out a way to record demos for some time (trying to flip my classroom). What kind of camera setup are you using? I only see how to cast my computer screen using the screencast-o-matic website.

  2. Adam, I use a document camera provided by my school. My laptop has a built-in mic (SoC auto detects your mic. If you don't have a built-in mic, a cheap $10 one from Amazon/BestBuy will work great. SoC records whatever is in your screen. This means that you can jump between Ppts and live action filming (via doc camera)

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  4. What a great resource! I get really tired teaching the same lesson 4x per day sometimes, and this might be a little easier on the vocal chords. I can imagine that the kids might pay more attention to a "Video" sometimes too. BTW, on the painted paper collage lesson, even my advanced high school students still try to tuck the background in around objects in the fore and middle grounds, and I think that it is really great how clearly you demonstrated the importance of working back to front. Excellent idea about posting the recordings on the blog for absentees, too. Well done!

  5. This is great...I'm just don't understand how you get what you are doing under the document camera to show up on your computer....

  6. Thanks for the positive feedback everyone! Mrs. Art Teacher - I made a new post that I hope helps to explain the process of using a document camera with Screencast-O-Matic. :)