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ScreenPal (formerly Screencast-O-Matic)

This is a Supported media tool for capturing screen and webcam recordings along with some advanced editing, captioning and annotation features.


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Need to record your screen? ScreenPal (formerly called Screencast-O-Matic) offers a great way to record yourself going over images, slides, websites and other content to teach your students something new.

ScreenPal aims to be simple to use – both in creating and sharing your content. You can use advanced tools, beyond a simple screen recording, to add arrows, text and other annotations to your content.

You can find out more about this tool by watching the tutorial videos on ScreenPal’s website:

How To Tutorials | Screen Recorder, Video Editor & Screen Capture (screenpal.com)

Can I use it?

This tool is marked as Supported in the Teaching and Learning Ecosystem document, meaning while it may not integrate perfectly with Aula and may or may not use Single Sign on, it’s generally available to staff for teaching and learning. If you’re not sure how to get started, you can contact the Learning Enhancement Team to find out more.

Firewall Status: Safe  This tool is likely to work for learners in countries with more restrictive firewalls

How to install ScreenPal

Students can follow the steps below to get the free version of ScreenPal, which allows videos of up to fifteen minutes and includes a watermark.

  1. Go to http://screenpal.com/screen-recorder
  2. Click Launch free recorder
  3. Download and install the WebLaunchRecorder.exe
  4. Open ScreenPal from your Desktop

Staff can follow the steps below to get the full version of ScreenPal, which has no limits on recording time and doesn’t include a watermark in videos.

  1. Go to http://screenpal.com/covunistaff
  2. Enter the password in this document (you can ignore the Access URL): CUG Screencast-O-Matic Login Details
  3. Click Launch the Recorder
  4. Download and install the WebLaunchRecorder.exe
  5. Open ScreenPal from your Desktop

What can I do with it?


Getting Started with Video Tools in the Ed Tech Ecosystem – ScreenPal chapter (media.coventry.ac.uk) – Select ‘Related Media’ under the video if you want to download the session presentation and worksheet.


  • Noah Mitchell

    I work at Coventry University's Disruptive Media Learning Lab where I focus on digital projects such as Coventry.Domains. I'm passionate about digital fluency, design and user experience.

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Updated on June 4, 2024
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