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8 Tools to Create How-To Videos for Students

December 29, 2016

Are you empowering your students as creators? One of my favorite ways to set a purpose for learning is to have students show off what they’ve mastered. You can use technology tools to create how-to videos! Students can demonstrate what they’ve learned and share their knowledge with others by creating how-to video clips.

This list of favorites includes movie-making and slideshow tools that give students the power to create how-to videos. You might have students create a slideshow that shows the steps for a science experiment or make a screencast that demonstrates how to solve a math problem. The favorite technology tools on this list can be used for a wide range of tasks.

If you’re looking to connect students to authentic audiences the creation tools on this list are definitely worth checking out!

Create How-To Videos for Students


Perfect for iPad and Mac classrooms, iMovie lets students create movies with all sorts of options. Students can combine still images, video and narration for a fantastic how-to video. Teachers can also earn an Apple Teacher badge for iMovie – learn more.

Explain Everything

This amazing screencasting tool is tablet and Chromebook friendly. Students can draw on their screen and create their own animation to show off the steps of a procedure.

Spark Video

One of my favorite iPad and web-browser friendly tools is Spark Video. They’ve recently added a video clip feature to this movie-making tool so students can demonstrate their understanding of lots of topics. Check out my graphic organizers for Spark Video.


This slideshow tool can be used by students who capture steps of a procedure. Students can record their voice over each step to explain how-to do something.


I’ve shared Buncee many times on because it’s a terrific creation tool for students. You can use Buncee with students to have them show off how-to tackle a math problem or how-to get along with others.


mySimpleshow can be used by students to create explainer videos. With this tool students can create a shareable video that explains how to do something.


This screencasting tool designed for iPads lets students draw on their screen to show off their thinking. Students can use this tool to bring a concept to life.

Shadow Puppet EDU

This slideshow creator is definitely a favorite. Students can search for images within the app, add text or stickers to their image, and record their voice to show off how-to do something.

Do you have a favorite creation tool for how-to videos? Or a special student activity for how-to videos? Share it in the comments below!

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Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, Author, Speaker, and Curriculum & EdTech Consultant. Visit her site for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

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