record & publish video in the classroom

Record & Publish Video In The Classroom With These 8 Tools

contributed by Maryalene LaPonsie

Teachers across the nation are already tweeting class lesson plans and hosting guest speakers in Google Hangouts.

However, many teachers are looking for more ways to engage their students on social media platforms. Enter a new generation of video apps that make it easy for teachers and students alike to not only communicate in the social media realm but create in it too.

Here are 8 easy apps that you and your students can use to supplement presentations, film multimedia reports and engage with one another at a level not possible in 280 characters.

1. YouTube

The kingpin of video cataloging and distribution doesn’t need an introduction. It doesn’t capture video, but it hosts, publishes, shares, and integrates it with other platforms better than anything else on the planet.

2. TikTok

TikTok’s in-app editor allows users to add filters, blurring, musical soundtracks, and more add-ons to their videos. A ‘mixer’ function balances voice, music, and other potentially competing sounds, and the editor grants speed-up and slow-down capabilities. Students are already hooked on this app. Instead of bemoaning it as a frequent distractor from lessons, educators might benefit from harnessing TikTok’s potential as a powerful learning engagement tool!

3. Instagram

Most everyone who is plugged into the social media world is familiar with Instagram. It is the app and website that allows members to take photos, manipulate them with a myriad of effects and share them online. Earlier this summer, the company took the next step and introduced Video on Instagram.

Like Vine, Video on Instagram creates micro-videos although it allows for twice as much video time as its competitor. Users can record up to 15 seconds of video. It also offers features not currently available on Vine such as the ability to cut scenes and change focus while filming.

4. Animoto

If you search online for Animoto, you may first come across its video production service. With pricing starting at $249 per year, the company offers slick video production to professional and small business clients. While these videos may be of interest to video production or art instructors, other educators will want to look for the free Animoto app.

The app allows still photos, video clips and text to be combined into a polished final product. The editing process is largely automated which makes it easy for students of all skill levels to record and publish video in the classroom. As a bonus, music can be added to the presentation. Some, but not all, features may require in-app purchases or a subscription.

5. Magisto

Known as the “Magical Video Editor,” like Animoto, this app can meld together several photos or video clips and add music for a professional presentation. Magisto also offers one of the most generous time allowances for a free app. Videos for free users can be up to 75 seconds long, while paying premium members can record for up to two and half minutes.

Magisto may be ideal for younger students who may not have the eye nor the expertise to use the advanced editing tools of other apps. Users simple select the videos or photos they’d like included, and Magisto automatically detects what it considers the most interesting aspects. While you can pick music and a theme, the rest of the editing is done by the app without input from you.

6. iMovie

iMovie is an excellent choice for students who are new to recording and editing video in the classroom. Compatible with tablets or Mac devices, iMovie’s interface makes it easy for students to add, splice, and move video and audio clips, as well as add transitions, animations, and text and audio overlay. iMovie also allows users to export completed projects to external devices and other video hosting sites. Because of the generally large size of iMovie videos, we suggest using a video compressing app to send finished products more quickly and smoothly via email, Google Drive, or airdrop.

7. Loom

Loom is, without a doubt, our top choice for video screen-casting and publishing. Loom stands apart from its competitors. Free for students and teachers, Loom does away with pests like add-ons and allows users to film in high-definition. While the free version only allows users to record for up to 5 minutes, paid plans are affordable, starting at a mere $8/month — they may be especially worthwhile in a remote or hybrid learning environment.

8. Wondershare Filmora

All of Filmora’s video editing and publishing tools are totally free to use (if you don’t mind a small watermark, that is). Filmora offers support with editing, a GIF library, noise cancellation, color adjusting, advanced text editing capabilities, audio mixing and equalizing, and other key features. Exported videos

Videos in the classroom can be an effective way for you to enhance lessons and for students to demonstrate their knowledge. Of course, teachers will need to consider several factors when introducing students to video editing and publishing software, including:

  • What digital citizenship lessons should be taught prior to giving students more autonomy with video editing and publishing?
  • What problems might educators encounter when teaching students how to use various apps?
  • What privacy features prevent students from viewing or sharing inappropriate content?
  • How can students save content so that they do not lose their work?
  • To what extent do recording and publishing apps allow for collaborative work?
  • How are students and their projects protected from those with ill intent?
  • Does my school or district already have a paid subscription for an app that I, as an educator, should take advantage of?

We advise that teachers experiment first with apps before attempting to provide a tutorial or include the apps as integral components of lesson plans. Not being familiar with the app capabilities or frequently encountered issues can waste valuable lesson time, confuse students, and result in unnecessary frustration. That being said, we’re confident that these 8 apps are some of the the latest, greatest, and most user-friendly — everyone from elementary to high school students can get in on the action.

Maryalene LaPonsie writes about education for a variety of websites, including