Best 10 Free Screencasting Tools for Teachers 2017

By Apr 24,2017 11:59 am

Teachers that use technology such as the screencasting tool to help their students pick up the lessons find that it’s easier for students to work at their own pace and makes it easier for them to interact in a techno world they have been brought up in.

There’re many free screencasting tools on the market to make teaching cost-effective, and meets both your needs and that of your students. But keep in mind that free tools often come with limitations like time limit, lack of editing features, etc.

If what you need is basic screencasting features, then you’ll get a great idea from 4 types of screencasting tools we’ll introduce below.

If you’d like to make your video more interactive and engaging that optimize the effectiveness of flipped learning, you can check our recommendations of best screencasting tools for teachers .

  • Free screencasting tools for PC
  • Free screencasting tools for Chromebook
  • Free iPad Apps to record your screen
  • Free Android Apps to record your screen

    PC tools to record your screen

    Camstudio

     CamStudio

    Camstudio has been created as an open source program that works with Windows. It is able to record both visual and audio activity and give you a high quality recording as a teacher to show your students. 

    Key Features

    • Can be used to create demonstrations for all videos and software
    • Free screencasting tool
    • Record part or all of your screen
    • Allows for voice overs and text
    • Records 1280 x 720 quality
    • Video output AVI and SWF and easily converted for uploads
    • Customisable frame rate for space saving options
    • Includes codecs to reduce size
    • Curser highlighting, panning and multitude of shapes and sizes to add

    As free software it won’t include all of the features you would get if you were to pay, however it is a great way to learn how to use a screencasting tool as there is not as much to learn.

    Google plus hangout

    Google Plus Hangout is a free to use screencasting tool but also has the benefit of letting students and teachers interact in a live environment which is great for class discussions.

    The recordings from Google Hangout can also be uploaded to YouTube which makes it simple for students to recap on information they may have forgotten from earlier lessons on a platform they more than likely already use/have used.

    Wondershare Filmora

    When you are using a screencasting tool you will need to look at the way that your students interact best. This tool comes with quite a lot powerful editing features.

    Being able to pan and zoom means you can highlight the important parts of the tutorial that students will need rather than confusing them with a full page that may take longer to learn.

    You can upload tutorials using the tools for teachers to YouTube with just one click which allows students to interact using a service they are likely to have used before at some point. 

    Key Features:

    • Easy to use, drag and drop interface
    • Record voice over, webcam, pc screen
    • No limit of screen recording time, no watermark on recorded video, totally free for recording function
    • Paid version comes powerful editing features for education videos with numerous motion element templates for annotation and even effects collection specially designed for educational video

    Screencast-o-matic

     o_matic

    Key Features:

    • Simple interface, ease of use
    • Able to record screen&webcam simultaneously
    • Easy to save video, share the video online or to their hosting site
    • Paid version is cost effective ($15/year) and is equipped with editing features like onscreen drawing and zooming tools

    Free screencasting tools for Chromebook

    Nimbus

     Nimbus

    Key Features:

    • Easy to install
    • Customizable timer to countdown to recording
    • Easy to configure
    • Save to local drive to upload to chosen destination
    • Records audio and visual
    • Option to pan to focus on one part of the screen or all of it
    • Option to edit
    • Record video from tab or active program
    • Add arrows and stickers
    • Highlight texts
    • Save straight to Google Drive to save space on hard drive

    Screencastify

     Screencastify

    Key Features

    • Keyword: free screencasting tool, teachers
    • Simple to use
    • Screen recording up to 10 minutes per video, 50 videos per month
    • Premium version available
    • Edits, records, simple share button
    • Synchronised experience

    Free iPad Apps to record your screen

    Show Me

    Key features:

      Free to use
    • Records voice and graphics
    • Brush colour selection
    • Add text
    • Pause and edit
    • Import your own pictures from your camera, internet or photo library
    • Import documents from cloud drives including dropbox and google
    • Unlimited length of sessions
    • Easily shared and embedded
    • Easy to teach students online as groups

    Educreations Interactive Whiteboard

    Key features:

      Record your voice over screenshots and recordings
    • Add handwriting and drawings
    • Easy import of documents and images
    • Add text in numerous styles, colours and sizes
    • Easily draw over screenshots
    • Text wrapping capability for animation
    • In built editor
    • Save drafts to complete later
    • Create classes that your students can join
    • Share via email, messages and social network
    • Embed lessons for use on blog or website

    Doodlecast Pro

    Key features:

    • No need to sign up
    • Import your images and set backgrounds
    • Undo and redo
    • Works with google drive, dropbox, youtube and email
    • Brushes and pointers to choose from
    • Rewind to fix mistakes
    • Create reports and videos including charts and layouts
    • Capture your mind map and notes
    • Animated messages

    Free Android Apps to record your screen

    Lensoo Create

    Key Features:

    • App comes with how to for easy reference
    • Turns your android into a whiteboard
    • Record voice, video and use digital writing
    • Share ideas through Twitter, Facebook, Linked in and more from anywhere
    • Download recordings from website
    • Additions shapes and highlighter function
    • Publish straight to YouTube
    • Use laser pointed for teacher student sessions

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