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Extension Technology – Screenr – A Useful Tool for Extension

by Dave on November 2, 2010

Screenr.com is an online screen capture tool. That means it will capture all or part of your computer screen as well as your narration of the action. You are limited to 5 minutes. It then converts the capture to an mp4 video format and provides you with a link to the video, the code needed to embed the video in a website and a way to post it to Twitter. The screencast itself is hosted on the Screenr website.

The tool seems to be largely online. I didn’t see it download anything to my computer. You will need to connect and test a microphone to take advantage of the narration feature.

http://screenr.com is a service of Articulate.© My first effort at using Screenr is below.

The notable parts of the Terms of Use are here:
“Articulate claims no intellectual property rights over the Content you post using the Screenr service. Your profile and all the Content you upload are yours.”
Also:
“Whatever Content you upload is yours. But you give Articulate a fully paid, non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free license to use your Content so it may display your screencasts.”

I can see many Extension agents using this tool to create a quick screencast of a problem and a solution, whether in agriculture, horticulture, for Master Gardeners, nutrition, food safety, families & relationships, etc. It works with PowerPoint as you’ll see below. I’m assuming it would work with video as well. It would be entirely possible to create a library of screencasts in almost any program area.

Give it a try.
Let me know what you think and how your using it.
Don’t forget to send me a link to your screencast.

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