Recording Your Presentation to Video

When you are teaching remotely, or giving a virtual lesson, you may find it helpful to turn your presentation into a video that you can post on a webpage, to a school site, or in a course management system.

Some advantages of turning your presentation into a video:

  • Works great for doing web based tutorials
  • Works great for step-by-step explanations
  • Create homework help, how-to's, problem/solution videos, visual presentations that mark up on the screen
  • Easy to create with free resources
  • You can practice and edit or re-record to make a polished product
  • Students can pause, play, and re-play as needed


  • Takes more time to edit or re-record
  • Editing may be nonexistent with some programs
  • Age group: Target the length to the attention span of your audience. Generally keep it under 10 minute videos, or a longer one should be broken up into shorter chunks.

Screencasting Applications

Select and learn about a screencasting tool. If you are asking students to use these tools, be sure to check that they will work on their devices. These are listed alphabetically.

Explain Everything

Works with: Web-based, also available as an app for iPhone, iPad, and android.


Free for up to 3 projects
Record, annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from anywhere.
Create slides, draw in colors, add shapes and text, rotate, move scale objects, add photos, import PDF docs, insert a web browser window, and export mp4 movies.
Make interactive lessons for tablets, smartphones, and computers
Capture and Share
Collaboration with voice Chat in Real-Time
Web video link sharing
Educator plan $3. per mo. unlimited projects, slides, recording, storage, user and license management, and shared folders.

Teaching/Learning Resources: 



Works with: Most computers. You will need a webcam and audio recording ability (mic). It is web-based and they have extensions you can install for the Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers.

This is now being provided free to educators. Voice, video, screencapture, with a virtual class communication and sharing process.

Features: Free educator account, 15 sec - 5 min recording, video moderation by the teacher, privacy features, closed captions. Teachers can post topics, and students can post video responses.

Screen recording was a new feature added in 2020. You can record a short presentation that you narrate and capture your mouse movements, and post it for responses from your class.

Flipgrid for Student Voice Updates (Gslides, PDF)

How to:

Once joining the Grid, you can record your screen in just a few easy steps:

  • Select the green plus button to open the Flipgrid camera.
  • Select the additional settings  button  
  • Select Screen Recording
  • Start the screen recording! 

You can choose to record your;

  • entire screen: captures the entire screen, including the video in the right corner,
  • a specific application window: captures only that specific window,
  • or an Edge or Chrome tab: captures a specific browser tab

Teaching and Learning Resources: 17 ways to infuse Flipgrid in the classroom


Works with: all web-based applications, must be added as a Chrome extension


Loom Pro is free to verified teachers and students in K-12, universities, or educational institutions
Custom recording size
Has a Drawing Tool and Mouse Click Highlight
Capture your screen, voice, and face
Instant Sharing or download it as a video file
Easy Editing

Teaching/Learning Resources:


Works with: Chrome browser, Mac or Windows, Chromebook

Requires an extension to be installed to a Chrome browser on your device. It works on Windows, Mac, and on a Chromebook, not on an iPhone or iPad.

The FREE account (Screencastify Lite) lets you record free for up to 10 minutes. This is a download that works with your Chrome browser and integrates with Google Drive.


Enables sharing through YouTube or Drive
Record in the browser tab or the entire desktop
Record audio from your computer, microphone, or none

Teaching/Learning Resources:


Works with: Mac or Windows, and Chromebook

This is a web-based and/or downloadable application. Need to launch the Chromebook browser extension, available from the Chrome Web Store.


Screen capture any area of your screen
Add audio narration
Add video from your webcam - Picture in Picture
Editing requires a paid subscription

Teaching/Learning Resources:


How to do screen recording with an iPhone or iPad:




Five Tips for a Good Screencast:

  1. Know your topic well. You will sound like an expert in your delivery and feel more comfortable when recording.
  2. Keep it simple. Three minutes or less is all that you may need.  Cancel the fluff and blank space. You may want to use the Online Stopwatch as a resource.
  3. Plan It. Script it with a short introduction telling what the video is about, follow that with the short and sweet demonstration, and do a quick review at the end.
  4. Gift of your Voice. Talk like you are having a conversation with your best friend, with enthusiasm in your voice. Try to be as natural as possible.
  5. Practice, practice, practice. Rehearsing several times. Stop wiggling your mouse! Your screencast records everything. Move your mouse out of the way if you are not pointing to a specific thing.  Note: Filler words like uh, um and but are distracting to your audience.

Screen recording programs:

Video tutorial on how to Convert Google Slides to Video

Creator Studio shown in this video requires a download add-on to your drive.

Microsoft PowerPoint: How to make a screen-recording, export as a video, add captions, and format your video guide

Step-by-Step Article from Microsoft support

Did you check out the Copyright, Fair Use, and Citing Your Source Resources on the right side?

Now that you have created a video of your presentation, it's important to get feedback from someone in your intended audience for suggestions and to see if they understood it.

This completes this self-paced module: Dynamic Presentations. We hope you enjoyed the different resources.