Screen Recording

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Often, people like to make videos showing how to do something on a device or laptop. Most devices make it easy to do short screen recordings, in a variety of ways. Take a look through the resources below to learn how to do this.

Best Practices

Watch this video to learn some best practices when recording your screen for learning.

The Online Learning Center. (2020). Screen Recording Best Practices [Video File]. Retrieved June 2020 from

How to Screen Record

In Zoom

Create a Zoom meeting, and record yourself doing a screen share. You can:

  • Narrate a PowerPoint presentation,
  • Demonstrate a browser (like your eConstoga course layout, or a website);
  • Demonstrate yourself using software, or using your desktop;
  • Annotate your screen to illustrate processes or focus attention;
  • Diagram or draw in a Zoom whiteboard.

This video shows how.

Kevin Stratvert. (2020). How to record screen on Laptop & PC using Zoom [Video file]. Retrieved August 2020 from

We recommend recording to the cloud, as this gives you automatic and editable captions on your Zoom recording. Learn more about how to share the link to your Zoom recording. If you want to be able to edit the video, you’ll need to save a local copy (you can download this from the cloud) then upload and caption it in YouTube or Microsoft Stream.

On a Mac (OSX)

Learn to use Mac sign+Shift+5 to record the screen on your Mac. On older devices, you can use QuickTime to take screen recordings.

On an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

Swipe up on your screen to access the Control Center and use the screen recorder built in. Visit this tutorial.

On a PC (Windows 10, 8.1, 8 or 7)

You can screen record in a variety of ways on a Windows PC. Try one of these solutions:

Teaching and Learning Conestoga in collaboration with the Online Learning Center. (2020). Screen Recording in PowerPoint [Video file]. Licensed CC-BY. Retrieved August 2020 from

On an Android

To screen record on an Android phone or tablet, feature availability can vary, but it is likely that you’ll need to use a third-party app. There are lots out there, and here are a few of the more highly rated free apps.

Evaluate the app that’s right for you, then download it from your device’s app store. Use this to record your device’s screen.

Jess Wilkinson

Jesslyn is the Educational Technology Officer at Conestoga. An Ontario Certified Teacher, and holding a B.A. and B.Ed., Jesslyn researches and promotes new technologies for faculty to enhance pedagogical practices. She brings to the role her experience as a Google and Microsoft certified technology trainer and as a classroom teacher in South Korea, Mongolia, and Ontario, focusing on special education and assistive learning technologies. She is available for workshops, consultations, and support with using technology in higher education contexts.

5 Responses

    • Glad to hear it, Dave! Loom looks great – I like that you can sign in with any email, and just get to the video. How do you add your captioning? Is there free captioning built into Loom?

  1. I want to do a video to address my classes!
    I would like to make a short video to close out the year and sign off with my groups. there are so many options I know to do this… but I need something simple from the camera of my laptop. I would like to upload it to “content” within econestoga for students to view.
    I am looking for suggestions.


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