Magazine article Internet@Schools

Magazine article Internet@Schools

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Company: TechSmith Corp., 2405 Woodlake Drive, Okemos, MI 48864; Website:

Price: Basic service of Screencastcom is free of charge for 2GB of storage and 2GB of monthly bandwidth and includes TechSmith's Jing. The Pro Account offers 25GB of storage and 200GB of monthly bandwidth for $9.95 per month or $99.99 per year. Free software upgrades, priority technical support, and volume discounts are available. Contact sales for special pricing for education, government, and nonprofit organizations.

Audience: Screencast can be used for all ages.

Format: Access to the internet is required using any browser.

System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7, 2MB of hard drive space, and broadband recommended. Mac OS 10.6 or later, 2MB of hard drive space, and broadband recommended.

Description: Screencastcom is a mediahosting tool that enables users to upload videos or images to share information and knowledge on the web in multimedia formats.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: Access is easy and quick. The site requires a login and password. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: Screencastcom can be used with Jing, Snagit Camtasio, or Morae. Individual components include the following:

* Four privacy options are provided: public, hide from view, password protected, and authenticated user access.

* Users can categorize videos and images and create their own folders to store their content.

* Hosting ability is available using Jing or Snagit. The user takes a screen shot or screen video and uploads it to with one click. Email the link or post to Facebook, Twitter, or a blog.

* The Pro version offers extra storage of 25GB and 200GB of bandwidth. Users can add their own logos and color schemes and customize what the viewers see.

* Users can create a URL to share their videos via iTunes and RSS Feeds.

A basic membership permits users to upload Jing, which creates images and videos of what is seen on the computer screen, giving the user the ability to share images and videos instantly. …

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