This page is designed to introduce and show you how to use various free video creation resources.

The process of creating and publishing videos can be a great way to get students excited about researching, storytelling, and sharing their work with an audience. For teachers who have never facilitated video creation projects in their classrooms, choosing the right style of video and the right tools can be a bit confusing at first. To help bring clarity to the styles and tools, I have a rather simple outline that I use in my video creation workshops. That outline with suggested tools for creating videos in each style is included in the PDF embedded below. You can download the PDF here.

The playlist embedded below demonstrates many of the tools featured in the PDF above.

The playlist embedded below demonstrates how to create flipped video lessons.

Click here to learn how to create choose your own adventure videos in YouTube.

WeVideo is probably the most robust online video editing program that you will find accessible to students. The playlist below provides a series of tutorials to help you get started using it.

Shadow Puppet Edu makes it easy to create a video on an iPad. An overview of the app is embedded below.

Wideo is a great tool for creating animated videos online. The webinar recording embedded below provides a detailed overview of how to use the service.

Sharing Videos

Once your students have created their videos you will want them to share them. You could use YouTube for that or you could try one of the methods featured below.

Google Apps for Education users can have students upload their videos to Google Drive and then share them just as they would share any other file in Google Drive. The videos will play in Google Drive. Complete directions for that process can be found here.

One of the many features of Padlet is the option to upload files to any note on a Padlet wall. If your students have made short videos or compressed the file, they can upload their videos directly to notes on a Padlet wall.

Dropbox users can utilize DropItToMe to have students upload video files to a Dropbox folder. DROPitTOme is a free service that works with Dropbox to allow people to upload files to your Dropbox account without giving them access to the contents of your Dropbox account. DROPitTOme works by synchronizing with your Dropbox account. After connecting the two services DROPitTOme provides a url that you can give to others to upload files to your Dropbox account. You must specify a password that has to be entered before an upload can take place. Give the url and password to those people you want to be able to upload files to your Dropbox account.

If your students are using iPads that are on running the latest OS they can use the AirDrop feature to share their videos with you and with each other.

Finally, students who have created videos that teach a lesson can upload those videos to Next Vista for Learning. Next Vista does review the videos to make sure they meet the content guidelines before they go live on the web.