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How do you make your tutorials?
Parmanand Jagnandan
With so many awesome educators on Sophia, I thought this would be a great place to find out what tools and techniques the community uses to create tutorials.

I hope to learn a few things and imagine that this can be a resource for other educators wanting to try their hand at tutorial creation.

So, I’ll start with myself.

I prefer to use Camtasia, a tablet PC, and a Rode Podcaster. I love using the Camtasia PowerPoint plug-in to capture video straight from my PowerPoint presentations. This allows me to do some hand writing as well as animations. I like the tablet PC; just because I can see what I am writing (sometimes a regular tablet can be cumbersome or requires more hand-eye coordination). I love Camtasia for its ability to quickly edit video and audio. The microphone was a splurge, but you can never underestimate the effectiveness of good audio, at least that’s how I justify the purchase.
Jan. 31, 2014 at 4:23 pm
Just started with Sophia two weeks ago but have found the site to be awesome.
I stated making my videos with SMART Notebook software and You Tube. I have also added videos using ScreenFlow, Windows Movie Maker and iMovie. Recently I started to use Screencast o Matic and have found it to be very user friendly. On the iPad, I have used Explain Everything and ScreenChomp.
I think that it simply comes down to whatever you feel most comfortable with.
As far as putting tutorials together, I am a chemistry and biology teacher and I usually supplement my own videos with support from Tyler DeWitt and Crash Course with demo examples from Sick Science Steve Spangler.
I think it is important to offer the students options in their viewing but I make sure to preview the work to make sure the terminology is consistent.
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Feb. 24, 2014 at 12:28 am
Parmanand Jagnandan
This is some awesome stuff! Looks like you have a wide range of tools at your disposal. Thanks for sharing Brian.
Feb. 24, 2014 at 5:15 pm
Greg Prater
I use my good ole desktop windows 7 computer, Screencast-O-Matic pro and capture power points. I also sometimes use a Bamboo tablet of i really need to illustrate something. I simply draw in Word and capture with creencast-o-matic
Feb. 19, 2014 at 4:14 pm
carolyn fruin
Just saw two great blogs on tools:
Stacy Roshen:
Rob Peace:

This is great information from veteran "flippers". Enjoy!
Feb. 04, 2014 at 1:33 pm
Maryann Hanley-Pereira

Do you know of any good tutorials using Explain Everything and creating a youtube channel? I was using Educreations for free but now they are charging so I want to switch over. I spoke to you when sophia first started and you helped me with using the ipad to create videos.

Dec. 01, 2015 at 10:46 am
Parmanand Jagnandan
Thanks for the info Carolyn. I have to agree with Stacy. A Surface Pro would be quick a bit nicer than my old tablet PC. I also liked Rob's idea of using Explain Everything along with the iPad. I think both are great options for flipping your classroom.
Feb. 05, 2014 at 11:52 am

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