DIY Video – Khan Style

Whiteboard screencasting, also known as Khan style educational videos have become popular for demonstrating written procedures, such as mathematical formulas or annotating graphics or diagrams.  There are a number of free and paid options you can use to create whiteboard screencasts.
The benefits of creating whiteboard screencasts for your students include:

  • Ability to reach different types of learners/multi-modal
  • 24/7 access
  • Providing a more effective and efficient way of getting a point across
  • Reinforcing or clarifying complex or difficult concepts
  • Ability to easily share or embed into Blackboard


The National – Sal Khan’s Big Idea

There are three basic types of tools needed to do a whiteboard screencast:

  1. video screen recorder
  2. drawing program
  3. an input device.

Basically, you use the video screen capture program to record your planned lesson whilst using the drawing program and capture your narration. The input device enables you to draw or write rather than using your computer mouse. The equipment that Khan Academy instructors use to create videos includes:

  • PC
  • Microphone
  • Camtasia
  • SmoothDraw3
  • Wacom Bamboo Tablet

An alternative to this setup could be an iPad/tablet with a stylus, drawing APP such as Explain Everything, and microphone to create whiteboard screencasts.

A list of paid and free screencasting applications is available on the “screencast” page above.

iPad Apps

  • Educreations (free) – Interactive whiteboard that is easy to use. Enables you to annotate, animate and narrate various types of content as you explain any concept.
  • ShowMe (Free) –ShowMe allows you to record voice-over whiteboard tutorials and share them online.
  • Screenchomp (Free) – ScreenChomp has a simple doodling board, markers, and one-click sharing tools which enable you to record your ideas.
  • Doodlecast Pro ($3.99) – Doodlecast Pro app records your voice as you draw to create quick presentations. Doodlecast Pro saves videos to the camera roll making it easy to import them into video editors or presentation tools.
  • ExplainEverything ($2.99) – Explain Everything is an interactive whiteboard and presentation app. You can also integrate content from various sources.

Drawing programs

You can use any drawing program on the screen to create your illustration as the main application used for these videos is screencasting. If you don’t have a drawing program already you should first checkout what is available to RMIT staff via Get IT. 

You also might like to investigate the following free drawing applications:

Screencast App Tutorials:

Guides: