Screencast-O-Matic Adds Interactive Video Questions and Polls

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We know Screen-Pal, formerly Screencast-O-Matic, as a screen recording program. However, they also have added in interactive video quizzes and polls. They’re kind of doing the Edpuzzle thing within their own tool. We saw Screencastify do this about a year ago.

Screen-Pal has jumped on board and added this interactive element into their videos. It’s not available on all Screen-Pal accounts, which is not surprising, but it was also a little bit disappointing to hear that it’s only on the solo max EDU plans and the team EDU plans.

So if you’re paying, or your school is paying for a Screen-Pal account, you have this upgrade. If your school is not paying or you’re not 

Screenshot shows the new layout of video options for Screen-Pal.

paying, if you’re on a free version, you don’t have this. So an option would be for you to record and pop it into Edpuzzle.  As the image shows, there are some different options as you play the video. 

  • It shows where the questions are
  • Screen shot shows the rating system for Screen-Pal.we could have multiple choice questions, 
  •  text-based questions,
  • and rating questions that use hearts, cool, huh? 
  • We can also see what it would look like on a phone, it shows the video behind the question and kind of blurs out the video a little bit, or puts a kind of overlay on it. You can see the question without losing the video and not having to share the screen between the two things.

There are 5 question types:

  1. Multiple choice
  2. True or false 
  3. Short answer and
  4. Poll, which I assume is an upgraded version of multiple choice, something that Ed Puzzle doesn’t have.  Ed Puzzle has multiple choice, but you can’t have it be an ungraded multiple choice question.
  5. Finally rating, which I assume is what those five hearts on the previous screen were for. I wonder if you could change them to stars or something else. I’ll be curious to see when I get to try it out.

Next, and this is directly from the blog, because I was worried I wouldn’t remember all this:Screenshot from Screen-Pal blog

  • You can randomize the order of answers, so when going through the video, different kids will see the answers in a different order. This will avoid student honesty issues, and perhaps student cheating. 
  • You can set it so students can’t skip questions, or you can allow that. Sometimes I like to allow skipping because it lets the kids jump over certain parts of the video. Conversely, there are times when I don’t want them to jump over part of the video.
  • You are able to set it so students are receiving automatic feedback on the correct response. 
  • You can capture additional open-ended answers, meaning I assume multiple answers. 
  •  And then, of course, the important part, you could view individual and aggregate data for all those quizzes. For every quiz you can view aggregated data and then you can export this data into a grade book for further analysis. I normally find it’s quicker for me to just type it and just put two tabs on my screen and type from one to the other. But if you’ve got a really big class, you’d be able to export the info and put that into your grade book. 

As always, let me know what you think!

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Jake is the host of the Educational Duct Tape podcast, the #EduGIF Guy, a Tech Integration Coach, speaker, Former STEM, Math & Science Teacher, and a presenter.