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A Collection of The Best Web Tools and Apps for Creating Educational Screencasts

August 9, 2015 A screencast, also known as video screen capture, is a great way for teachers to create and share instructional videos and explanatory step by step tutorials with students. regardless of the purposes for which you are creating a screencast, the quality of your video screen captures can sometimes impede the communicative intent of your message. Therefore, knowing what tools to use to create educational screencasts is as important as the content of the screencasts themselves. To this end, we have curated for you this collection of some of the best screen casting tools out there. We have divided them into four major categories: Mac apps, web tools, Chromebook apps, iPad apps, and Android apps. Mac Users: For Mac users, check out this short visual guide to learn how to create screencasts using Quick Time Player Web Tools and Apps for Creating Screencasts A- ScreencastO--Matic ScreencastO--Matic is a wonderful web tool to use for recording your computer screen. B- Camtasia SnagIt

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