Video has become a more ubiquitous element in education today: YouTubeVideos, Kahn Academy, Flipped Content, iTunes U, and more. However, most teachers don’t want their students passively absorbing content. Rather, they want to make sure that students are engaged with the material. A great tool for incorporating more responsive features in your lessons is Zaption, which you can use to create interactive videos via a web browser or their free iOS App.
While Zaption does offer a robust, subscription model, the free tool will allow teachers to do a lot with both existing videos as well as those they create. After you sign up for an account, select “New Tour” on the top left of your screen. This will open the editing screen. The great thing about Zaption is that everything is drag and drop. So if you’re a bit lost, just try clicking and dragging something! If you want to add video, you can search for content online (YouTube, Vimeo, PBS, Nat Geo, etc), the Zaption library, or upload your own videos…
Screencasting is a popular feature that allows for flipped classroom, instructional, and explanatory videos. Screencast-O-Matic, a free too, allows users to download their software or simply use the feature as a web-based tool.
The free service will allow videos up to 15 minutes, publication to YouTube HD, and download in mp4, avi, and fvl formats. It’s an excellent, free tool that will meet many people’s screencasting needs. The fact that it is web based and cross-platform (Mac and PC) also makes it incredibly valuable!