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Principal function(s): Image and video editingScreen recordingVideo recording/creating
ScreenPal, formerly Screencast-O-Matic, is a screen recording tool for creating, editing and sharing videos. Screenpal can also capture sound so users can talk over their screen recording. Moreover, Screenpal allows using a web camera simultaneously and adding text, drawings, or even background music. ScreenPal requires downloading. It does not require creating an account, but doing so has many advantages, including the possibility of managing recording recordings by saving, exporting or embedding them. It is owned by Big Nerd Software.
Evaluation: ScreenPal is a powerful screen recording tool that allows the creation of video materials, among others. With its voice-over functionality, it is very suitable for creating tutorials and presentations, or even lectures and commentaries for students. Its website contains many helpful tutorials for teachers to gain an understanding of how the tool works. Screenpal’s free option has many interesting functionalities that should be enough for classroom use. All in all, Screenpal is a valuable and easy-to-use tool that can be very helpful in creating educational materials. It does not require advanced IT skills, but some time is needed to get familiarised with the tool.
Cost: Free + paid premium plans
Type Of Interaction
Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface
Intuitive, user friendly
Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task
Interface language(s) The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to
Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?
Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction
Save as video to any device and on the cloud with a user account.
Tailorability (If so, how?) Possibility of the tool to be used for a range of different activities (e.g. to what extent you can organize a project assignment with a central activity based on this tool)
High. Screenpal has several functionalities that provide a high degree of adaptability.
Compatibility/ Operating System
All operating systems
Other technical requirements
Playphrase (Tool to find the pronunciation of words from movies
Playphrase is a tool that searches specific words or phrases out of movie snippets from a database of audiovisual media with over 60,000 phrases. In this manner, it provides real-life examples of words’ and sentences’ pronunciation. Users just have to type specific phrases, watch them being used naturally in context within popular movies and TV shows, and listen to their pronunciation. Playphrase works mainly with English. Playphrase is not open-source, but it is freely available. It does not require setting up an account or signing in.
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