Answering the Question I’m Asked the Most – Practical Ed Tech

Cortez Deacetis

At the end of almost each weekly e-newsletter I remind visitors to experience no cost to reply to ask me inquiries. Through the school 12 months there is just one dilemma that I am requested much more than any other. In point, I was questioned this question three situations on Friday. The query is, “what do you use to make your educational video clips?”

Screencast-o-matic is the tool that I use to make nearly all of the videos that look on my YouTube channel. I use the “deluxe” version of it which fees approximately $50/yr. As another person who makes hundreds of videos every single yr, Screencast-o-matic is worth the expense.

If you really don’t make as numerous video clips as me, never require all of the modifying equipment that I use in Screencast-o-matic (truncated resumption of recordings is one I use just about each day), or do not want to commit any dollars (I’m thrifty, far too) then there are a good deal of superior absolutely free alternatives including the new Chrome OS screencasting application. The subsequent are my go-to suggestions for teachers who are seeking for a free of charge and easy way to create screencast instructional films.


Loom is a popular screencasting resource partly since it provides a generous listing of free attributes for lecturers and mainly because all those capabilities function seriously perfectly. Possibly my beloved of those capabilities is the skill to file a screencast instantly from your Gmail inbox or from any place else in your Chrome browser. Loom also delivers computerized transcript technology, viewing insights (get notifications when men and women check out your videos), and a instrument for suppressing history sound in your recordings.

Loom lets you obtain your recordings and MP4 information and share your films immediately to a selection of sites which include YouTube. Here’s a demo of how I applied Loom and Google Jamboard to make whiteboard films.

Chrome OS Screencast Application

If you use a Chromebook and your students use Chromebooks for all of their school operate, then the screencasting application that was included to Chrome OS back in June is a good device for building screencast instructional video clips. The obvious profit of using the designed-in recorder is that you don’t have to put in any 3rd-celebration extensions. Additionally, your recordings instantly help save to your Google Push. And mainly because the video clip is saved in your Google account, it is exceptionally easy to share your videos with your learners. The greatest factor of the crafted-in Chrome OS screencasting resource is that your video is mechanically transcribed for you and your students can have that transcript translated into the language of their option.

The shortcomings of the Chrome OS screencast recorder are the limited drawing instruments and minimal editing tools. But the most significant shortcoming is that the videos can only be performed back again on Chromebooks.


Till a handful of weeks ago Screencastify was at the top of my record for cost-free screencast video clip creation possibilities. Regrettably, at the start out of Oct Screencastify launched a bunch of new limitations to their free strategy including a limit of only 10 video clips and removal of the choice to down load your films as MP4 files to use outdoors of the Screencastify natural environment. That mentioned, if you only need to have to report a screencast video clip just about every as soon as in a while, Screencastify does work properly and has some awesome editing applications available in the cost-free system.

A take note for Mac customers

My pals who are looking at this on a Mac could possibly be pondering, “what about QuickTime?” QuickTime is a very good choice for generating a quick screencast online video. It does not have the enhancing functions of the resources outlined above, but it’s nevertheless a totally free and convenient choice.

Animated Explanations

Past 7 days I declared a new program that I’m teaching in November. It is called Animated Explanations and I’m excited to educate it in a new structure for the to start with time! The class starts on November 1st. If you’re interested, you can learn additional here and sign-up here.

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