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Three Android Apps for Creating Flipped Video Lessons

There is no shortage of iPad apps for creating flipped video lessons. Android users aren’t as lucky. Finding good Android apps to use for creating instructional videos can be difficult. Here are three that I’ve found and like.

clarisketch 2The simplest app on this list is Clarisketch. Clarisketch is a free Android app that has great potential for classroom use. The app allows you to take a picture or pull one from your device’s camera roll and then add your voice to it. While you are talking about your picture you can draw on it to highlight sections of it. Completed projects are shared as links to the video file hosted on Clarisketch. You can share the link to your Clarisketch video and have it play on nearly any device that has a web browser. See my sample here.

Screen Shot 2013-09-16 at 10.57.50 AMExplain Everything for Android allows you to create explanatory videos with drawings, text, pictures, PDFs, and your voice. On Explain Everything you can draw on a white canvas while talking to explain how to solve a math problem. You can also upload a picture and talk about it. Have a document that you want explain? You can upload it as a PDF and highlight parts of it while talking about it. Explain Everything videos are created screen-by-screen. When you’ve finished talking about one screen, create a new one to add to your video. You can play back each screen individually before previewing the entire production. Your completed video can be exported to YouTube or to your tablet’s camera roll.

wevideoWeVideo is a cloud-based video editing service that I have been promoting in my workshops and on Free Technology for Teachers for a couple of years.  WeVideo’s Android app allows you to create and edit videos on your tablet or phone. If you’re looking to create a slide-by-slide instructional video in which you or your students talk about what’s happening on the screen, then WeVideo could be a good choice for you. Wes Fryer recently wrote a great post about his experience with the app. In that same post Wes also did a nice job of comparing it to some iOS apps.

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