As remote learning is becoming increasingly common, finding new ways to present lessons and guidance to students is more important than ever. One of the most effective ways to do this is through the use of recorded videos. But recording, editing, and uploading videos can be a headache. With large file sizes and complex and expensive editing software, it can really be a struggle for teachers to quickly create compelling video content.
To deal with this, I’ve listed below five great applications and services that teachers can use when creating online content. Some of them are free to use, but I’ve also added some more costly options for those who need professional editing tools.
This is no means a comprehensive list, these are just some of the applications I’ve used to record and edit video tutorials for students.
Let me know in the comments what you’re using and I might just add them to the list!
Cost: Free with a paid version to unlock advanced features
Ease of use: Simple
Works on: Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android, Chromebook
Screencast-o-matic allows teachers record their screen, webcam, and microphone to create instructional videos and provide personalised student feedback.
- Integrates with multiple education learning platforms, including Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom, and Moodle.
- Works cross-platform, so you and your students can record your screen and view videos whether you’re on Mac, Windows, iPad, Chromebook and more.
- Videos can be saved or published online with easy access for students.
- Can record your screen, microphone, and webcam independently or at the same time for instructional videos.
- Can edit video within the app and add royalty-free music.
- …and best of all it’s free to use.
Beyond instructional videos, you can use the webcam feature to engage students with video conversations and provide friendly student feedback, particularly important at a time when distance learning is common. Alternatively, students can record their own screens and provide thoughts and ideas during class discussions.
You can create simple, short videos, or capture an entire lesson that students can watch back later. You can share video links, add content to your school learning platform, or create a channel on Screencast-O-Matic.
Cost: Free with Windows 10
Ease of use: Simple
Works on: Windows
This might be a bit of a strange one to start with, but the Xbox Game Bar isn’t just good for playing Halo 3. It’s actually got a really easy to use screen recording feature built-in and, if you’re using Windows 10, it’s free on the Windows Store.
Once installed you just hit the Windows key + G and the screen recording feature pops up.
Win+G it with Xbox Game Bar, the customizable, gaming overlay built into Windows 10. Xbox Game Bar works with most PC games, giving you instant access to widgets for screen capture and sharing, finding new teammates with LFG, and chatting with Xbox friends across Xbox console, mobile, and PC—all without leaving your game.
Ease of use: Really simple
Works on: Windows, Mac, Web, Chromebook
Microsoft Stream is a video hosting service within Microsoft 365. It’s a private YouTube for your school.
The great thing about Stream is that it doesn’t require any software to be installed and, if you’re already using 365, you probably already have access to Microsoft Stream and the free built-in screen-recording feature. To find out, just visit the Microsoft Stream website and sign in with your school account.
Microsoft Stream lets teachers record video, audio narration, and even include a picture-in-picture webcam video all within a web browser — no installs required. While this is a great free service, there are some limitations. For example, videos are automatically recorded and hosted within Stream itself, so your students will need a Microsoft account to access your videos. The editing options are also limited but sufficient for simple videos.
Cost: Free trial with paid version
Ease of use: Bit more complex
Works on: Windows, Mac
For those of you prepared to spend a bit of cash, Camstasia is the absolute best application when creating video tutorials. Yes, it’s more costly than other apps on this list, but here you get a full suite of professional editing tools designed specifically for creating video tutorials.
The user interface is packed with powerful tools, but it’s so easy to use compared to alternatives like Adobe Premiere Pro. There is no better app available that this if you need to create professional-looking online content for your students.
Camtasia allows you to add annotations, voice narration, cursor effects, transitions and provides a full timeline onto which you can drop your video clips and cut and edit as you please.
Cost: Free with a pro version
Ease of use: Really simple
Works on: Windows, Mac, Web, iPhone, iPad, Android, Chromebook…pretty much everything
While not technically a video editing and recording app, Canva is one of my most often used website when creating video tutorials. Canva is a free online app that lets you easily create professional-looking images, text, and video clips that you can use in your video tutorials. I use Canva almost every day, in fact, most of my video title screens, intros and outros, and even the ClassThink logo were created completely in Canva.
Canva is a tool that every teacher creating online content should have in their toolbelt, and the best part is that it’s completely free to use. You only need to pay if you want to unlock some of the higher end templates and graphics.
This is a growing and by no means complete list. Let me know which screen recording apps you use and think should be added to this list.