10 Web Tools and Apps for Creating Screencast Videos

“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” – David Warlick

Creating a video of one’s screen (screencasting) is a powerful way to demonstrate  knowledge. Our students can create how-to videos to teach others how to use favorite web tools or to demonstrate a process. Students can use screencasting tools with whiteboards to show how to complete an equation, to create visual word problems, or explain a theory. Teaching others is one of the most powerful ways to learn and the first mission in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions. What follows are a list of free web tools and apps to record a desktop, mobile screen, or whiteboard.

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Screencasting Web Tools and Apps

  • Screencastify is a Chrome extension that records your desktop and screen. The free version records up to 10 minutes and is quick and easy to use.
  • Screencast-o-matic is a web tool to screencast up to 15 minutes and publish to Youtube.
  • Nimbus is another extension to screencast, but is better for screenshots and creating visual how-to guides.
  • Screencast with your iPhone. Check out this awesome graphic by Tony Vincent to learn more!
  • Lensoo Create is an iPad and Android app to record what happens on a tablet’s whiteboard.
  • Explain Everything is my favorite iPad app for recording what happens on a whiteboard. You can add pdfs, images, drawings, shapes, colors, and more! You have so many possibilities from digital storytelling to flipping the classroom to creating how-to videos.
  • Other iPad apps similar to Explain Everything are Educreations (web version), Screen Chomp, and ShowMe.
  • Jing is another tool to capture your screen. You need to download it.
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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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