Top 3 Tools for Creating Educational Screencasts

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Now that almost all of your teaching is done remotely (at least temporarily) you are probably thinking about alternative ways to enhance students learning and create optimal learning experiences for them. Screencast videos are one way among many to help you do that. You can use them to create tutorials, video feedback, guides, explainers, video lessons, and many more. You can also use them to "provide personalized video mentorship and receive student responses to drive thoughtful conversations and collaborative thinking."

 There are tons of  tools you can use to create screencast videos and we have reviewed many of them over the last few years. However, in the list below we only featured 3 of what we believe are the best options for teachers, educators, and students. Check them out

1- Screencast-o-matic

This is both a screen recorder and video editor that allows you to easily create educational video content to share with your students. It lets you create screencasts using your webcam and your own audio narration. Once your video is recorded you can edit it the way you want and share it with your students.

2- Screencastify

Another great screencast video creator to use in your instruction. Screencastify allows you to : "capture your tab, whole screen, or webcam only; embed your webcam anywhere in your recording; narrate with your microphone; and record offline (no internet required!)."It also provides annotation tools to further enrich your content, and when your screencast is ready you can upload it directly to YouTube, Export it as MP4, animated GIF, or MP3.

3- Snagit

Use Snagit to take screenshots and record screencasts. Some of the features it offers include: pre-made layouts to help you create visual tutorials, annotation tools to mark-up your screenshots, create animated GIF and videos,  and various sharing options (e.g, Google Drive, social media platforms, Gmail, and many more.