Last updated: October 31, 2023




In the field of education, the need often arises for one to record their own computer screen, even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. This may be a challenge for those who are not technologically inclined, however, a solution to this problem can be the software known as ScreenPal (formerly Screencast-O-Matic). As a result, ASU has provided various resources in helping students and faculty in using this software.


ScreenPal was created to fill in the gap between users wanting to capture their screens and not knowing how to do so. As their website states, ScreenPal is an “easy-to-use and accessible” tool. ScreenPal has been used by more than 9 million users and is being implemented in many different programs due to its ease of use and its availability.

The great thing about ScreenPal is that recording is free to all, but there are different plans available that allow users to do more than just record. The details of the other plans can be seen below:




Cost (dollars/month/ license)




Record Screen and/or Webcam




Zoom in While Recording


Yes (Windows and Mac)

Yes (Windows and Mac)

Other features

  • Able to trim recordings
  • Publish to YouTube and Google Drive
  • Record longer than 15 Minutes
  • Watermark Removed
  • Record System Audio
  • Edit videos
  • Stock Library
  • Back-up recordings to online storage
  • Use own brand and domains

**Note that these plans are for the Teachers and School/University accounts


As ScreenPal has over 9 million users, there are plenty of resources in case an issue arises when trying to record one’s screen. However, as previously mentioned, the key trait ofScreenPal is its ease of use. Once a user downloads the program onto their computer, they are ready to start recording.

The software itself needs to be launched on ScreenPal’s website, and after the user clicks on “Launch Free Recorder”, all they need to do is adjust the desired area to be recorded and click the red button to start recording. Depending on the plan chosen, different features will be available to enable or adjust. Once the user is finished with their recording, a window will appear indicating where the file will be saved on the user’s computer.

If there is any issue with recording or finding one’s recording, there are plenty of videos and FAQs available on ScreenPal’s site made available.

Brand information

ScreenPal creates solutions to modern day issues such as screen recording and video editing. Other products offered by ScreenPal include:

  • Video Editor
  • Stock Library
  • Back-up Storage
  • Screenshots

Uses in education

ScreenPal created it’s screen recorder with education in mind. As the COVID-19 pandemic swept through the world, many educational institutions had to go online, making screen recording a necessity for teachers and students alike. If one is a student, presentations and recording issues are made easy with ScreenPal, and if one is a teacher, recording guides or lectures can be done in quick manner with ScreenPal as well.

Furthermore, ScreenPal can be easily integrated with platforms such as Canvas, Google Drive, and Microsoft teams, many of which are used almost daily here at ASU. For a full list of which programs are compatible with ScreenPal, click here.

Lastly, different plans give users different options to deliver their material during their recordings. For example, if one has the Deluxe plan or better, they are able to draw during their recordings and zoom in on different aspects of the screen.


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