Show me videos can be extremely helpful for learners, especially in this age of digital media. You can create and post help resources online with a variety of free software.

You can capture your screen, a photo to annotate and explain, or create a video of the steps that students need to follow. Below is an image of a screen capture using the resource Jing. 

kahoot screencast image


There are numerous tools available to capture one's screen whether you are using a PC or a mobile device. The focus will be on resources that not only capture the screen, but also allow you to draw and type text on the video. 

There are tools that have a fee and those that are free.Two FREE popular resources to use on a PC are Screencastomatic and Jing.


1. You will choose between Screencastomatic and Jing.

a. Screencastomatic is a web based tool and works on both Windows and Apple computers. The free version allows you to record up to a 15 minute video, publish to YouTube and save as a video file. The pro version which has a fee has additional features such as editing tools, draw and zoom and the ability to publish also to Google Drive, Vimeo and Dropbox. Click here to learn how to use Screencastomatic. 

b. Although Jing is free and can be used on both Windows and Apple computers, you must install the software to your computer and your videos cannot be longer than 5 minutes long. Jing has the ability to mark up an image or video with text, arrow, highlights, and shapes. You can also publish the video to Screencast.com for free (there is a limit for the free version) or download it on your computer so you can then publish to YouTube, etc. Here is a tutorial on how to use Jing. 

2. Choose the tool above that works best for you. (you may also use another resource if you wish)

3. Next choose one or two things you want your audience to learn (keep it simple).

4. It is best to always create an outline or a script for the video. Here is a storyboard template to use or you can use one of your own choosing. 

5. Research has shown that students lose focus if the video is too long. Google did some recent research that the ideal video is 3.5 minutes long.

6. Practice your script aloud!

7. When you are ready, make sure you have your browser screens open so that you can easily go between them as you create your video. Sometimes it takes a moment to load a screen because your internet is slow so if you have all the resources open you can just tab between them as you are teaching the concept. You are not limited to the internet though. You can create a how-to video on how to use a piece of software on your computer. 

8. After you have made your recording you may want to edit it first especially if you would like to break it into segments. Here are two great choices for teachers. 

a. Upload and edit videos within YouTube using its editing feature. With the editor, you can trim and combine videos, add photos, titles, text, audio, effects, and more. The editor has a convenient resource for music and videos licensed under Creative Commons. Visit the YouTube Video Editor help page or watch this tutorial to get you started.

b. WeVideo is another option. It has a Free option that allows you to upload 5 minutes a month up to 1GB. There is an educator version that is $249.00 a year which allows students to create videos in a private COPPA-compliant environment monitored by a teacher. Free Personal accounts do not include collaborative features, administrator security control or advanced editing tools like green screen, screen recording and slow motion. For assistance with WeVideo check out their tutorials

9. Finally you need to store it in the Cloud for easy access by your students. You will want to check with your Tech Director to determine if the resource you choose is accessible to your students. Here are some popular choices. 

a.  Youtube
b.  Schooltube
c.  Teachertube
d.  Vimeo

10. Share your storyboard and video url with your instructor.  We hope you had a fun time creating your screencast!

Go to the Final Assignment once you have completed all the steps in this section. 


Addressing the ISTE Standards•T:

  1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity a,b,c,d;
  2. Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments a,b,c;
  3. Model Digital Age Work and Learning a,c,d;
  4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility b
  5.  Engage in Professional Growth and leadership c


  1. Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback;
  2. Cues, Questions, and Advance Organizers;
  3. Summarizing & Notetaking;
  4. Assigning Homework and Practice