screen shotIf you’ve ever needed to explain how to use something on a PC, a screen capture application is a great thing to use.  Many University PCs have Snagit installed, but there are occasions when you don’t have access to it or you’d like a colleague or student to create one for you.

This is where screencast-o-matic comes in. Just visit and start recording. You will need Java installed, but this should be on most modern PCs or free to download and install from

The resulting file can be uploaded to YouTube to share or downloaded as an MP4 file. The free version does include a watermark and only allows one file to be produced at a time, but this shouldn’t be a major drawback for the scenarios described above.

Here’s an example of the sort of thing you can produce …


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