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The following content has been collated from various websites and added to by our PDST Digital Technologies Advisors.

Practical considerations for recording instructional videos:

When creating an instructional video there are a  number of factors worth considering:

  • Scripting: will provide focus for your video and ensure alignment with the lesson’s learning objectives.

  • Context: be aware of any references that may date your video and prevent future use.

  • Content: images and resources used in videos should be copyright free and available for sharing or re-use.

  • Timing: to maximise engagement, videos should be 3-5 minutes in length.

  • Sound: be aware of environmental sounds as well as clarity, pace and tone. 

  • Lighting: It is best to face a source of direct light if recording live.

  • Editing: iMovie or Openshot can be used to edit your video

  • Animated videos: can also be created on sites such as mysimpleshow, moovly, powtoon or videoscribe.



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Online Tools




Brief Description:

Edpuzzle is an easy-to-use platform allowing you to unlock the power of videos through simple editing tools. A teacher can engage students through video, pausing and asking questions, checking for understanding and offering clarification where needed. Teachers can also create assessments for those videos and offer feedback to students on the assessments. 


Getting Started:

The process is simple: 

  1. Create an account. Watch this screencast on how to set up an account:

  2. Add a class. Teachers can create their own class or add a class from Google Classroom.  

  3.  Find a video.  YouTube content including videos from Khan Academy, National Geographic, TED Talks, Veritasium, Numberphile, and Crash Course can be accessed directly in Edpuzzle and edited. Content made on Screencastify can also be imported. 

  4. Edit the Video - Teachers can crop the video, add questions (open and closed), voice notes, images, links to websites and assign it to a class. 

  5. See results and give students feedback. Teachers can see how long students spent watching the video, see students' answers to questions and offer feedback on those answers. 


Supports and Tutorial links:


Getting Started

Teacher and Student Certification/Training

Twitter: @edpuzzle



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Brief Description

Flip is a website that allows teachers to create "grids" to facilitate video discussions. Each grid is like a message board where teachers can pose questions and their students can post video responses that appear in a tiled grid display. Students can respond via the Flip app or website with any camera-enabled device or by uploading a previously recorded video. Responses can be 15 seconds to five minutes in length, and a maximum recording time can be set.

Flip can be a great way to gather student responses delivered at their own pace without students feeling "on the spot" in the classroom.


Getting Started

Teachers will need to sign up for a free Flip account in order to use the service. Students can use their school email address to sign in. The guides below will support teachers and students in getting started with Flip.


Getting Started Guide: Teachers


Getting Started Guide: Students



Supports and Tutorial links

The following links provide some extra information on how Flip can be used effectively by teachers and students

Teachers’ Guide to Flip

Common Sense Media Guide to Flip

Teach Thought Guide to Flip

Flip Help Centre

Twitter - @MicrosoftFlip

Facebook -


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Brief Description

Quizlet is a study and assessment tool that allows students to study information via learning tools and games. Teachers can create their own study flashcards or choose from millions created by other teachers.


Getting Started

Sign up for a free account using your email address, Apple ID, Google account, or Facebook account.


Helping students sign up:


Helping teachers sign up:


Supports and Tutorial links

Using Quizlet (brief)


Using Quizlet (detailed)


How students are using Quizlet to study:


Twitter - @quizlet



A very informative and detailed list of Quizlet produced webinars can be found on YouTube with titles including: 

  • Getting started with Quizlet - an overview for teachers

  • Engaging all students for success with Quizlet

  • Creating the best content with Quizlet

  • Organizing content and tracking progress with Quizlet

  • Quizlet live and other fun games for you classroom

  • Using Quizlet to integrate students with learning disabilities

  • Quizlet diagrams

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Brief description is an education platform that allows teachers to create quick, easy and fun digital worksheets, to share them with fellow teachers and to keep track of student performance. In the classroom, teachers are more creative and students are more engaged.


Getting started

Sign up to here using your email address or Google, or Microsoft ID.


Supports and Tutorial links


Walk through guide


Creating a worksheet in

General Information


Online users' forum hosted by Facebook.

Twitter - @wizerme


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Brief Description

A screencast is a digital recording of a screen, often containing audio narration.

Screencasts enable: 

  • A student-centred approach to learning 
  • Teacher to Teacher learning
  • Teacher to act as a facilitator


Screencasting is a means of creating videos as an aid to help others. The benefits of screencasting include: 

  • A student-centred approach to learning: Students can consume teacher generated content in their own time. It also supports students who may be absent for a lesson. 

  • Students can create a screencast video of their presentation or ask questions about content. Teachers can also customise feedback with students. 

  • Teacher to Teacher learning : Teachers can share strategies with colleagues or ask questions of each other using screencasting.

  • Teacher as facilitator: Allows the teacher to move away from delivering content to facilitating content. 


Tools for creating screencasts:

  • Screencast - O - Matic - Third-party application

  • Loom - Google Chrome Extension

  • Record Video - PowerPoint Add-on

  • Screenflow - Google Chrome Extension

  • Screencastify - Google Chrome Extension

  • Tablets - Screen Record 

  • Quicktime - MacBook


Using devices to Record a Screencast

Using a PC/Laptop to Create Screencasts

Screencast-O-Matic is a popular, free tool used to create screencasts. Educators and students can use Screencast-O-Matic for easy screen recording and video editing. Videos can be used in the classroom for flipped/blended learning, student assignments, two-way mentorship and more!


Getting started with Screencast-O-Matic




Using a Tablet to Screencast 

Creating a screencast video is possible on many different devices including 

  • IOS 

  • Windows - All Windows 10 devices have an inbuilt Video Recorder. 

  • Android



Go to setting, control centre  and click on the + beside screen recording. Exit settings.

Swipe down from the top-right corner of your screen and click on the circle icon to start recording. Ensure that the microphone is switched on. Recordings will be saved to the camera roll.




You can use many of the alternative tools mentioned above if you are using an Android laptop. 

If you are using your phone, open the Play store and search for screen recording function.

AZ Screen Recorder is one of the most popular.


Windows 10 

Press WINDOWS+G to open the Game bar. 

If required, select the “Yes, this is a game.” checkbox.

Press the Start/Stop Recording button to start and stop a recording. Use the Turn Microphone On/Off button to toggle microphone if you wish.



Classroom Strategies 


  • Maths & Business - Students demonstrating a process.  Audio explanation of a maths/accounting problem. 

  • Art - Verbal Feedback on students' artwork.

  • MFL - Students can use online foreign newspaper websites and read the different language aloud and then translate it for their teacher.

  • English - Book/essay reviews. Students often prefer verbal feedback. 

  • Computer Science - Students/Teachers explaining how their code works and shows what happens when they run the script.

  • DCG - How to use Solidworks, students working at home

  • Technology - detailed soldering video viewed at home, actioned in the class.


Supports and Tutorial links


  • How to use Screencast-O-Matic:


  • How to use Loom:


  • Ways to use Screencasting in your teaching:


Twitter - Loom @useloom


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Brief Description

Adobe Spark is a web and mobile solution that enables teachers and students to easily create and share impactful visual stories. Two of the features of Adobe Spark:

  •  Spark Page can be used to easily create web pages

  • Spark Video allows you to combine videos and images into an animated, narrated video


Getting Started

To get started with Adobe Spark, go to and create an account. Once this is completed, you can sign in and start creating using a PC or laptop. There are also mobile apps available for iOS and Android devices.


Click here to access a startup guide for teachers.


Supports and Tutorial links

Adobe Spark Video tutorial.

Adobe Spark Page further information.


Twitter: @AdobeSpark



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Nearpod is a student engagement platform for use in the classroom. Teachers can create presentations which may contain Quizzes, Polls, Videos, Images, Drawing-Boards, Web Content and much more. 

There are user generated, ready to run lessons available to access also which saves time. Some lessons are paid for, many are free. 

Users can sign up with their email addressor with their Google or Microsoft ID. 


Getting started

Teacher sign up

Student join lesson

There are also IOS and Android apps available. 


Using Nearpod

Teachers share a live session, students enter a code, and the lesson is synced to all devices. 

Student answers can be viewed individually or as a class and post-session reports can be generated with one click.


Nearpod creates an inclusive and immersive learning experience by allowing students to actively participate in every lesson.


Getting started guide to Nearpod:

How to create lessons using nearpod

Formative assessment with nearpod


Webinars & support

Webinars and Nearpod specific supports

Twitter @nearpod

Facebook forum

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