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Do you or your students want to create audio or video? Here’s some digital tools which are easy to use and many are free. It See how to screencast (record) your screen and add audio.
Have you found some great videos or audio? We look at ways that you can use them for teaching and learning. We also think about how you use them – traditional or new ways.

Creating video

To create video, students plan, organise, write, communicate, collaborate and analyse. As video is more widely used, students may need to be able to express themselves as effectively through moving imagery as with the written word.


  • Vyclone app creates a professional multi-view image using several phones
  • Vine lets you create and share six second videos- find out about using it here.
  • How to use Podcasts
  • PowToon to make free animated videos
  • PuppetPals iPad app to create free animated movies
  • Skitch
  • WeVideo cloud based collaborative video with some free functions
  • Animato free trial
  • Go Animate free trial
  • Microsoft’s Office Mix

Creating audio

Audio gives expression that text cannot (hence emoticons). Here’s some of the tools we use.


VoiceThread lets you create and share conversations on documents, diagrams, videos, pictures or almost anything. This facilitates collaborative student discussion and work.

Vocaroo is a free service that allows users to create audio recordings without needing to download software. You can easily embed the recording into slide shows, presentations, or websites. It’s great for collaborative group work and presentations.

Quicktime player for digital media is free for PC and Mac.


Screencasting tools record your screen and you can add audio. Maybe you want to flip your classroom or model how to do a task. Students can capture the steps they take to complete a task.

With the free version of Screencast-o-matic you can record your screen for up to 15 minutes and publish to YouTube or create an MP4.

Jing will capture images and add voice narratives on a laptop. It is a free screen recording application that can be downloaded to your computer. Jing creates .swf files which may not play on all devices.

There are also apps: Educreations for screencasting and recording your voice and images; ShowMe app for voiceover, whiteboard recordings. Both have free and paid options.

Another option is Microsoft’s Office Mix.

Sharing video

Smartphones, tablets, and laptops (most modern devices) include a camera to record video. You can easily upload and share this video via YouTube by using a webcam to upload to YouTube.

Youtube Capture is an app that lets you record, edit upload and share.

You can also use Vimeo. Here’s help info.

More tools to record and edit video

Take care

Schools may have a privacy policy about recording children and uploading the video to a public site. When students create video they may need support to make responsible choices. Netsafe’s 2015 guide has school support on the safe and responsible use of digital technology.

Ways to use video and audio

We’ve covered some different ways to use video and audio such as flipped and blended learning (Thing12) and collaborative learning (Thing14).

Next we think about how you can use this technology. As well as traditional uses such as consuming (watch or listen), students can create or mash-up (edit and recombine) to show their learning in new ways.

Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR framework shows examples ranging from substitution for existing learning materials to redefined ways of learning that are only possible with technology.

Using video

Teachers can add text, images and audio to existing video, to deepen students understanding, with comments, prompts, and questions. Similarly students can add their input to video to show and share their learning.

Ed Tech teacher has many resources about apps and using video in the classroom. We use and Zaption app to add notes.

Netsafe provide this advice about teaching using youtube and video in NZ classrooms.

Using audio

Audio is a useful way to get children to share their learning and express their views, particularly for learners who are less able to write down their ideas. Podcasts (audio files) or vodcast (audio-visual files).

Here are hints on how to use audio feedback with Audacity and Quicktime software

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Either create a video or add notes to an existing video using or Zaption app or some other software if you wish. Post a link to the video or your audio on your blog.  Each time you make one they will get better.

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10 excellent video editing apps – for many more alternatives for editing video.

See Screencasting in the classroom by Kathy Schrock.

Read how to create a free instructional screencast in this PCWorld article.

Producing quality video takes more time, effort, and expertise than other forms of sharing. Udemy has an excellent article about sound quality, lighting and framing.

Pedagogy with examples of audio feedback.

Audio feedback recommendations.

More on SAMR in Dr Ruben Puentedura’s presentation


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