There is a vast area of video and audio content on the internet.   People spend countless hours watching YouTube videos and listening to podcasts.   One way you can grab your students’ attention, spark curiosity, and provide value to your course content is by creating your own videos or podcasts to use in your teaching.  You can also give your students the opportunity to let their creativity run free. Using audio and video allows your students to take ownership, develop content mastery, and turns any assignment into a unique, interactive experience.  Check out this article titled “Asynchronous Video: A Powerful Way to Teach, Present, and Communicate with Students“.


Why Create Audio or Video?
  • To Introduce a new topic
  • Explain a topic students struggle to understand
  • Provide an overview of an assignment
  • Demonstrate an activity for students to complete
  • Assess students on content from a video
  • Choose a quiet, well-lit environment
  • Use the right equipment  
    • Good microphone
    • Good camera
  • Test the equipment
    • Positioning the mic and Camera
Video Creation for Educators
Recommended Tools

One feature that PowerPoint has that many people don’t know about is the ability to turn a static slide show into an interactive video, including audio, video and screen sharing.   Check out this video to learn more.

Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows you to have live video sessions with others, as well as share content from your device.   You can also record in Zoom and share that with others.  You can learn more about Zoom recording here.  

VSDC Video Editor
VSDC is a powerful video editing tool that offers many different video and audio editing features.   Check out their YouTube channel for helpful tutorial videos

Windows 10 Video Editor
The Windows 10 Video Editor is a free tool that is included in Windows 10.   It is quick and easy to use. Watch this tutorial on how to use this great tool.

Flipgrid is a video discussion tool that can be used in addition to or in place of the standard text based discussions forums. Learn how to get started using Flipgrid in the tutorial video.

Audacity is an audio editing tool where you can record and edit audio. Check out this tutorial video on how to record and edit audio in Audacity.

ScreenPal [formally Screencast-O-Matic]
Screencast-O-Matic is a free screen recorder that allows you to record any part of your screen and add audio narration. Check out the beginners guide to using Screencast-O-Matic.

Edpuzzle is an amazing tool that allows you to create interactive video lessons in minutes.   With Edpuzzle, you can embed your own questions, cut sections to show particular portions of the video, or embed a voice-over to explain things in your own words.  Check out these videos on how to get started using Edpuzzle.

Openshot is a free video editing tool is that is built for beginner to intermediate level video editors. You can learn all about how to use Openshot in this tutorial video.