Screenflow Software to create YouTube Tutorial Videos

I spent the weekend researching how to create dynamic How-To YouTube videos using Screenflow. Screenflow is screencasting and video editing software for Macs. I purchased the software this morning for $139.99 through the App Store.


These two videos were particularly helpful…

Screenflow Tutorial by David A. Cox

How I Create My Videos by DottoTech

Things I need to make high quality professional style videos…

  1. Screenflow software
  2. Macbook Pro
  3. Logitech C920 webcam
  4. Blue Yeti USB microphone
  5. Lighting – 2 umbrella light Kit
  6. Green screen paper

Things I found out about the importance of Thumbnails and Keywords…

After uploading your video, it is very important to create an engaging thumbnail in order to grab people’s attention.  Canva is a great program for this as it has many logos, interesting graphics and fonts. Create a consistent thumbnail image for your videos in order to create a “brand” for yourself.  If your thumbnails look similar it looks more professional.  Also, when you are watching a video in YouTube there is a list of videos along the right hand side of the website offering similar videos you may be interested to watch. Most people will watch several videos on a topic they are investigating.   Underneath the thumbnail you will write a description for your video. When describing your video put the most important keywords at the beginning. This will help people find your videos by moving you higher in the search results for those keywords.

Here are a list of short-term goals I want to accomplish…

  1. Create a banner for my YouTube Channel
  2. Create an opening for my videos. is a good site if you want to hire someone for a cheap price to create an opening for you.
  3. Learn to use Screenflow and use it to create my first how-to video
  4. Reach 100 subscribers so that I can change the name of my channel

It is about “Context”

Here is a really important tip that I learned from DottoTech. Most content has already been published. What is important is “context”. This means people are interested in viewing the information reflected through your experience. More specifically, how I use technology to assist myself and my students in the classroom.  I have found that teachers like easy to follow, step-by-step instructions when trying to learn new software or piece of technology.

Kidblog redesigned their website


• Designed for K-12 teachers who want to provide each student with an individual blog
• Students publish posts and participate in academic discussions within a secure classroom blogging community
• Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs

Kidblog recently redesigned their website. This lesson has been redesigned (Sept 2016) with new screenshots and instructions to reflect the changes to their website

Applications for

• Create classroom discussions
• Learn digital citizenship
• Practice writing skills
• Create an e-portfolio
• Reflect on learning
• Formatively assess writing

Edmodo Teacher Guide


Edmodo recently redesigned their website.  Edmodo is a Virtual Learning Environment.  It allows for secure social networking within classrooms.  Teachers and students can post a variety of information (assignments, questions, polls etc.).  The interface is similar to Facebook.

Last week I completely redesigned my Edmodo teacher guide with new screenshots and instructions to reflect the changes to their website.  This new guide explains…

  1. How to log-in to Edmodo
  2. How to set up classes
  3. Add attachments
  4. Invite students
  5. Utilize the Snapshot feature
  6. Create Notes, Assignments, Poles and Quizzes


Computer Lab Set-Up and Teaching Style

I have received some questions about the physical set-up of my computer lab and my teaching style so I thought I would share information here about these important topics. In my room, the thirty desks and computers are facing the front of the room since I want to have all students’ attention during a video or to introduce new software using an LCD projector. I like to see their reactions and facial expressions to help gauge the effectiveness of a new lesson. If I am introducing new software and/or a website, I will generally take about five to ten minutes to demonstrate the features of the program using one of my step-by-step lessons with screenshots. I keep in mind that their attention span will be short and they will also learn a lot from actually using the program. After the short demo, I will let them utilize the software and get familiar with its features before introducing the first activity. I find that students enjoy figuring things out on their own but I will circulate around the room to assist as needed. I move through a lot of topics and software in my computer classes, only spending one or two periods for websites such as Popplet mind maps or PicMonkey photo editing . Other software requires more time such as Weebly websites and Comic Life . Of course, I invest the most amount of time into Microsoft Office and Google Drive.

Google Drive Education Templates


• Google has developed a series of Education Templates to use with Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms
• Teachers and Students can use these layouts to help them quickly create beautiful educational documents
• The screenshots below show what some of the templates look like and where and how to access them in Google Docs
Doc Templates
• Essay, Report, Book Report, Class Notes, Lesson Plans

Form Templates
• Worksheet, Exit Ticket, Course Evaluation, Assessment

Sheet Templates
• Attendance, Grade Book

Slide Templates
• Lesson Plan, Book Report, Field Trip, Science Project, Science Fair, Student Certificate




Google Quiz New Feature in Google Forms


Google added a New Feature to Google Forms for teachers so that you can now create a quiz directly in Google Forms.

• You can create a quiz with correct and incorrect answers for questions with multiple choices, checkboxes or drop-down options
• Give students quick feedback with auto-marked questions
• Useful insight into class performance (Average, Median and Range)

Save to Google Drive Chrome Extension


  • The Save to Google Drive Chrome extension allows you to save web content directly to Google Drive through a browser action or context menu
  • Save documents, images, HTML5 audio and video
  • After your content is saved, you can open the file, rename, or view the file in the Google Drive document list
  • From the document list, you can organize and share your new document

Save to Google Drive Chrome Extension




  • GoogleFonts offer a large directory of open source designer web fonts that you can integrate into any design project seamlessly

  • Filter fonts by families, weights and scripts

  • Their series of collections helps you discover new fonts that have been organized by a team of designers and collaborators

  • Access code to add fonts to a Website or add GoogleFonts to a WordPress blog











Examples of several Google Font styles I just installed on my WordPress Blog…

HI Font – Aclonia


H3 Font – Walter Turncoat


H5 – Sigmar One
H6 – Slackey

Paragraph – Bowlby One – Checking for Plagiarism and Copied Work


  • I have overheard students in my computer lab, asking their classmates for permission to copy their work so that they can hand-in the same assignment
  • This is a serious academic offence but many students participate in this activity and they don’t seem to consider that they are being very dishonest
  • At my school when students are caught, both the student that shared the work and the student who copied the work will receive a zero on the assignment
  • If this happens multiple times, there are more serious consequences such as suspension from school
  • My goal, at the beginning of the 2016/17 school year, is to get teachers to notify their classes that copying work is not tolerated and teachers will be checking for plagiarism using through D2L (Desire to Learn) software
  • Your school board may not be using D2L but everyone has access to to check for plagiarism and copying

Enabling the OriginalityCheck through D2L…








Slide13 also lists the website(s) where work was plagiarized