Today the show’s star, both in eLearning and in the generation of content, is the video tutorial. That is why I will start by explaining how and with what tools I generate and the Guide to Making Educational Videos Easily. Those are giving me such good results in teaching.
Before starting, I would like to clarify that this is not the only way to quickly generate and Make Educational Videos content. There are several such as, for example, recording a master class or a presentation with a camcorder. And after editing it or not, upload it to a video platform such as YouTube or Vimeo. Another option is to record ourselves with a WebCam so that it is our face. Either in full screen or on one side of the screen to make room for images or slides is always present throughout the video.
I do not like to appear in my video tutorials because it seems to me that I am diverting attention from what is essential. The content I want my students to learn later works in class. That is why I use the following tools to do my video tutorials.
A Digital Whiteboard Software
At my core, we have both the SMARTBOARD Notebook and the Mural program. But you can use the software that comes with the digital whiteboards that are in your center. You can also use the PowerPoint of a lifetime or Google Slides.
A Screen Capture Program with audio
Here the king is Camtasia, whose license, if you work in teaching, is $169.99. While if you are private, it costs $249.99. The good thing about this program is that it includes pretty complete editing functions. As well as the creation of questionnaires inserted in the same video. There are free options, such as RecordCast, and Screencast-o-Matic. Screencastify allows you to record the screen of your computer. But then you will have to use more software (which can also be accessible. Such as Windows Movie Maker) if you want to edit something of what you have recorded.
A Microphone of a certain quality
If your equipment is a laptop, you could use the microphone that integrates, but I do not tell it. The resulting sound is of poor quality. Even if, afterward, you use some audio editing software. I advise buying a dynamic microphone (not a condenser) because it dramatically filters out background noises. If, like me, you have a fuss around you (whether it’s my children at home or the hallways of the school when I have the option of recording there). They are the best option.
Once the tools are ready, I use the digital whiteboard software to expose the content. Which I want to send to my students as if it were a master class. The only difference is that my students will see it “delayed” as often as they want.