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10 Interactive Tools for Students to Create How-To Videos

10 Interactive Tools for Students to Create How-To Videos

Farid Gasim

Creativity is a key piece of the modern classroom and technology allows teachers to facilitate this in a way that’s both effective and engaging.

How-to videos, for example, is a simple way for students to demonstrate their knowledge of the subject—whether they’re recapping a lesson or explaining how photosynthesis works—boosting comprehension at the same time.

Here’s a list of tools and applications students can use to create how-to videos and slideshows.

More: 5 iPad Video Projects to Assess Student Learning

Spark Video

Adobe Spark Video is a video storytelling application for the iPad and iPhone developed by Adobe Systems. It combines motion graphics, audio recording, music, text, and photos and is used to produce short animated, narrated explainer videos.


Buncee is fun and easy web tool for educators and students to create and share engaging multimedia presentations, interactive lessons, digital stories, and more.

You can effortlessly integrate multimedia into lessons and projects to communicate creatively. Students are able to immerse themselves in content, display knowledge, and share their voice.


If you want fast and easy video creation, 30hands is the right app. It uses digital storytelling tools and techniques that help learners understand topics more thoroughly when they explain what they’re learning in a narrated video.


If you teach in an iPad or Mac classroom, iMovie is the perfect app for you and your students. Not only is it free, if you already have an apple device, and is easy to understand and use. Students will be able to jump right in, adding transitions, titles and more.

Shadow Puppet EDU

This tool is specifically designed for students and teachers. Students can make videos to tell stories, explain ideas, or document their learning with narration and music. They’ll also have access to Common Core Aligned activities that they can use for free play.

Explain Everything

A dynamic and interactive tool, Explain Everything lets students write, draw, and move objects to enhance their project. The tool is tablet and Chromebook friendly, allowing students can draw on their screen and create their own animation to explain the steps of a lesson or procedure.


Creating explainer videos has never been easier than with the mySimpleshow tool. Students can make a shareable video by uploading their own images, or use those provided through the platform. They can also record their own voice to narrate the video, which is exciting and engaging.

Adobe Voice – Show Your Story

Adobe Voice is a mobile app that helps anyone create stunning animated videos in minutes. Voice automatically adds cinema-quality animation so their story looks professional and feels personal.


Students will use ShowMe as a digital whiteboard that can be used to create educational videos. You can also tap into their large community to access teacher-made videos that are aligned to learning standards and specific to various subjects.

Gravie – Text on Video

Using Gravie themes, graphic templates, clip arts, your students can easily make videos in the classroom with minimal experience or knowledge. They have the option to record their own video or select from the recorded clips and recreate using various effects and styles.

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