A: One way to create a video tutorial is to make a screencast. A screencast is basically a recording of your computer screen and they often include audio. Teachers can use screencasts to record interactive lessons so students can refer to them later, pre-record lessons to help facilitate small group instruction time, create videos for students to view at home if your implementing the flipped-classroom method, or provide personalized feedback on student work.
While there are several screencasting tools available, I'm going to highlight Screencast-O-Matic and Snagit for Google Chrome.
Screencast-O-Matic is free but you also have the option of upgrading to use the premium features. If your wanting to create a simple screencast that won't require a lot of editing the free version should be just fine. Below are some defining features of Screencast-O-Matic as well as a quick demonstration on how it works.
- Max recording time of 15 minutes
- Record screen and webcam
- Publish to YouTube HD
- Publish to MP4, AVI, FLV movie
Snagit for Google Chrome is also free and it allows you to record your screen as well as take screen captures. It also automatically saves your screen captures and screencasts to your drive in a folder called "TechSmith." Below is a video demonstrating how to use it as well as some defining features about this tool.
- Automatically Saves to Google Drive
- Option to publish to YouTube
- Can create animated Gifs (videos under 20 seconds)