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3 Simple Ways to Record iPad Screen and Create Educational Screencasts

February 11, 2015
In today’s post, I am sharing with you some interesting tips I learned from Jonathan Wylie  to help you record your iPad screen and create instructional screencasts and tutorials. The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of creating a screencast on iPad are those popular apps such as Explain Everything and Educreations but the thing with these apps is that they do not allow you to record what you do on other apps. For instance, you can not open Explain Everything and go to Evernote app to record your screen there, once Explain Everything window is closed , recording stops.

To be able to navigate your iPad and record this navigation, you will need to mirror your iPad screen to a bigger screen that is your computer. Once you can access your iPad screen  from your computer, you can then use a screencasting tool to record your iPad screen. Here is how you can do it all:

1- Mirroring apps
There are actually 2 powerful mirroring tools that would allow you to project your iPad  screen onto your computer. None of these tools are free but they all provide a 7 days free  trial so you can try each of them and see which one suits you the best.

Some of the features that Reflector provides include :
  • Connect multiple devices to one computer for side-by-side app comparisons, multiple presenters, competition, screen monitoring and more.
  • Password protect Reflector to limit access and keep unwanted presenters out.
  • Include device frames, audio and full video in recordings for later review or webcasts.
Check this step by step guide to learn more about how to use Reflector.

B- Air Server

"With AirServer you can wirelessly beam your iPad display to your Mac or PC and from there to your projector, smartboard or HDTV. This gives you the freedom to move around the class with your iPad in hand. AirServer also supports multiple simultaneous connections, so one or more students could mirror their iPads to share their ideas and their work with the rest of the class. "

2- Connect your iPad to your computer and activate AirPlay mode
To establish a connection between the mirroring tool you installed on your computer and your iPad, you will need to activate the AirPlay mode on your iPad. make sure that both your computer and iPad are on the same WiFi network. AirPlay is located in your iPad’s Control Centre which you can access by swiping up the bottom edge of your iPad screen.

3- Start recording your iPad screen
Once the AirPlay is activated you will be able to see your iPad screen on your computer. Now whatever you do on your iPad will be automatically displayed on your computer, of course through the mirroring software you initially installed.

To record your iPad screen from your computer, you can use one of these screen recording tools:

A- ScreencastO--Matic

ScreencastO--Matic is a wonderful web tool to use for recording your computer screen. I have been using it for a couple of years and I really love it. ScreencastO--Matic is web based so you do not need to install anything. The recording you create can be easily uploaded to your YouTube account, Vimeo, or several other social media websites.

B- Camtasia

Camtasia from TechSmith allows you to easily record your screen movements and actions and create step by step screencasts to share with others.Camtasia has all the editing tools to create the great video content you need to get the job done. Quickly record your webcam or screen, engage your viewers with a variety of effects, and easily share your videos to anyone, anywhere.

C- Cam Studio

CamStudio is another good web tool for recording screen and audio activity on your computer and create video files to share with your colleagues.

D- Screencastify

Screencastify is a simple video screen capture software (aka. screencast recorder) for Chrome. It is able to record all screen activity inside a tab, including audio. Just press record and the content of your tab is recorded. So you can easily create a screencast for video tutorials, record presentations etc.

E- Google Plus Hangout

This is one my favourite ways to screencast and record my screen. The recording you make is automatically saved to your YouTube channel where you can share it with others. Here is a step by step guide on how to record your screen using Hangout.