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How to Improve the Webcam Video Quality for Online Classes / Sessions

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Every laptop you get in the market has a bad web camera compared to the specifications it will have.

For example, I am using a high and Macbook Pro, but the web camera is not up to the mark. It’s 720p, not even full HD, and to get a full HD webcam, I will have to buy the Macbook Pro with M1 Pro or M1 max chipset, but they are just in thank you for the price.

Anyways, the quick work around over to get good quality video from your web camera is to get an external web camera that can be plugged into your laptop via USB.

Get Better Lighting

You may have heard the term that lighting plays an essential role in photography, and it is valid for video as well, and since the job of a webcam is to render video, lighting would play an important role here as well. The sensors of a web camera are small, which means it requires a good amount of light to render a better quality video.

An easy solution would be to sit in front of a window so that the light from the outside lights up your face. If things in front of the camera are lit correctly, you will immediately improve the video quality.

If there is no window to light you up naturally, the next best option would be to get a ring light, which has been made famous by Instagram creators. It is a super easy and affordable way to get good video quality.

It is also a one time investment so in future if you upgrade to better camera, It would still be usable.

Get an External Webcam

Logitech has a line-up of webcams available in different price ranges, and the best one available is priced at around $150.

It’s called the Logitech Brio. The key feature is its 4K, which is a bit of an overkill for people using it only for taking online sessions because mostly every online meeting/webinar provider supports up to 1080p camera resolution. Check it out on Amazon

Even if it had supported a 4K camera, it would require tremendous upload speeds for the 4K quality to be available to everyone who attended the online session. Their download speeds also need to be higher to see the 4K quality.

And for that specific reason, if your particular use case is to take online classes, sessions, or webinars, the other popular Logitech model is the Logitech C920x. Check it out on Amazon

The price of Logitech C920x is just half the price of Brio since it is Full HD. It would get the job done since it is plug n play and works with every popular service, such as Skype, Zoom, Google Meet etc.

Use Your Mobile Phone / Digital Camera as a Webcam

There is a possibility you already have a mobile phone, which has a good camera, or better if you have got a DSLR with you.

While a digital camera or a DSLR is one of the first offline tools I would recommend every teacher to buy, you don’t necessarily need it when you are just getting started. You can use your mobile phone as a webcam as well.

Several tutorials are available on the internet, including the ones posted on the Tool for Teaching website. You can check it out here.

Some additional tips

Once you have opted for either of the solutions mentioned in this article above, here are a few things that would also help you improve your video using the web camera.

Have a clutter-free background, which means if you are sitting at a place where the background is messy, like clause on a chair, aur hanging behind the door, random things on the table behind you, make sure you clear them, it would be best to that it’s just a wall behind you.

Also, try differentiating yourself from the background by wearing clothes of the opposite color. For example, if the background is black, try wearing bright colors or if the background is white, try wearing dark clothes to differentiate yourself from the background.

You can also add some RGB lights in the background and set them up in different colors to make your background a little more colorful.

How to Use Your Mobile Phone or Digital Cameras as Webcam

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Every laptop you get in the market has a web camera with the poor video quality.

Even my expensive Macbook Pro’s web camera is not up to the mark. It’s 720p, not even full HD, and to get a full HD webcam, I will have to buy the Macbook Pro with M1 Pro or M1 Max chipset, but they are double the price of M1 based MacBook Pro.

Instead of relying on good for nothing web camera of your laptop, you can use your mobile phone or, better, your Digital camera as your webcam to get high-quality video.

How to use your mobile phone as a web camera

If you are not technical, it might sound too much work before we actually are able to use your mobile phone as a web camera. But it has actually really even straight forward.

It is as easy as installing an app on your mobile phone and your computer so that both the devices can communicate with each other.

Here is what you would require

  • A Windows or Mac Laptop
  • An iPhone or an Android Mobile
  • A Lightning or a Type Cable

There are many apps available that are available for Windows and Mac computers as well as in the App store and Play store for iPhone and Android respectively.

IRUIN

Open the website on your mobile and laptop, and then install the desired apps. Once done, connect using the Cable.

Although most of them also offer a wireless connection if both devices are on the same Wi-Fi network, I suggest you use a cable for a stable connection and high-quality video.

Here is an explanation video by Think Media

If the mentioned website doesn’t work for you, many other apps are available.

Open iVCam on both your mobile and laptop and install the desired apps.

For some reason, this one does not have an app for Mac, so only PC users will use it.

How to use your DSLR as a web camera

DSLR does not have an Operating System that allows users to install eight applications. The process of using it as a web camera is not as straightforward as using a mobile phone as a web camera.

However, it is a better solution and more like a permanent solution than a mobile phone.

It was quite a task to use a DSLR camera as a webcam in the past. Still, after the pandemic, even the digital camera manufacturers have realised how it will be in the incoming future, so they have also ruled out updates in the form of firmware upgrades to allow their digital cameras to be used as webcams.

Using any action camera as a Webcam

Action cameras like GoPro and Insta360 have upgraded their cameras to be directly used as a webcam. You have to set it as a webcam in the settings area of the action camera, and it is just like plugin play after that.

You have to select the action camera as a webcam in the desired software you will be using, such as Zoo, Google Meet, Skype etc.

Using DSLR as a webcam

The same goes for Canon and Sony digital cameras as well. The sorry camera has upgraded the firmware of their cameras to be used as a webcam, while the Canon cameras already had this capability for a couple of years.

I have a Sony ZV1, which are now used as a webcam and directly record videos for my YouTube channel. And I also have got a Canon 750d that I have been using to record YouTube videos for a while.

Some additional tips

Once you have opted for either of the solutions mentioned in this article above, here are a few things that would also help you improve your video using the web camera.

Have a clutter-free background, which means if you are sitting at a place where the background is messy, like clause on a chair, aur hanging behind the door, random things on the table behind you, make sure you clear them, it would be best to that it’s just a wall behind you.

Also, try differentiating yourself from the background by wearing the opposite colour clothes. For example, if the background is black, try wearing bright colours or if the background is white, try wearing dark clothes to differentiate yourself from the background.

You can also add some RGB lights in the background and set them up in different colours to make your background a little more colourful.

If you are looking some more tips to improve the video quality of the web camera you can check out this article on Tool for Teaching.

Your Guide to YouTube Video Production – Pre Production and Video Editing Tips

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This is a technical part of an article about getting started on YouTube where we have mentioned how to create a YouTube channel and what type of content you should be making for your audience.

If you haven’t read that article I had, they recommend you do it before or after reading this article. You can find it here

The Video Idea (Before You Start Creating)

Here is a small piece of information you should have before creating your video. The more elaborate article can be found on the tool for teaching blog.

The Idea File

You should have an idea file with you, and it should be accessible to you all the time. So that whenever you get an idea, you can note it down. It could either be a notebook or an online app, like Google Keep or Google Docs.

It’s basically where you put all your brainstorming for clarity. So that you can go back and forth whenever you want.

Content Chain

The idea is to create many topics for a consistent flow of content to your YouTube channel. In my workflow, I have a Google Docs file accessible on my phone to note down any topic and arrange it to make it somehow interconnected.

Doing this in advance helps you have a clarity of creating high-quality content, cover everything required in a single video, and create a series of lessons, not just one video.

Pre Production (Before You Hit Record Button)

Pre Production is the part where you do all the things required to make your video before you hit the record button. It is an essential step because it helps you stay organized.

Get Your Gear

It can go as broad as getting different cameras, buying different lenses, having different microphones, lights, etc. It can also go as small as using just your mobile phone to record your videos.

If you have a mobile phone with a decent camera, no one stops you from creating content using it. You can save a lot of money you would spend on purchasing video gear, and the amount can be spent on other things.

But, if you want to go professional from day one, and you have a little bit of money to invest, I would strongly suggest you get a dedicated camera.

Fortunately, there are cameras available in different categories. You may not require the high-end cameras that are used in filmmaking. But it depends on your budget. Some YouTubers are using a $200 camera as well as there are YouTubers using a $5000 camera.

Since you are getting started, you can spend $200 to $300 on a camera with lense kit, so that you don’t have to buy it separately, which can cost as much as the camera itself. You can check out this article for camera recommendations.

The same goes for other video equipment, such as a microphone and lights. You don’t necessarily have to think about getting them on day one, but it would surely help you. So, get a decent microphone. It’s not just the video, but the audio also helps your viewers understand what you are teaching.

There are different categories of microphones, and there is a dedicated article which you can read here.

Create Consistency

It’s not just the camera and microphone required to create a high-quality video, and it’s also about what is shown in the video—for example, the background, and the subject, whatever you are filming, or it could be you.

Creating consistency means having some similarity in every video you will be making. You should be aiming to have consistent background or color theme for a series of videos if you can’t do it for every video.

This is why you may find a lot of YouTubers having a dedicated YouTube setup, which helps them have a consistent backdrop.

Getting a dedicated place also helps you maintain consistency with lighting as well. You can surely use the natural light coming in from a window, but that restricts you from making videos when there is no sunlight. This is why video production requires a studio setup where everything can be controlled, and videos can be recorded any time of the day or night.

It doesn’t necessarily have to be a dedicated room. If you don’t have a dedicated space, you can find a corner of the room, select your framing, make the background cleaner and minimal, and try using it most of the time.

Indeed there is an exceptions, you can create videos anywhere you want, but having a similar mood to your videos will help.

Prepare Your Notes

Presentation is another skill that is improved over time. You cannot compare yourself with the YouTuber that has already uploaded 1,000 videos.

The best thing you can do is to go back to the old videos of your favorite YouTube creators and see how they were at the start of their channels. So don’t worry about not being perfect in front of the camera. You can create a workflow to minimize the time it takes to record a video.

Some people are gifted to be in front of the camera get everything they want in one go. But for many of us, we have to make notes of what things we have to talk about. Some people even write entire scripts, word to word. And it takes time to create scripts, but it dramatically reduces the time it takes to record a video.

You can see it for yourself. If noting down only the important things helps you create videos faster, you can do it. You can try writing scripts and see if it saves a little more time while editing the video, because you will have to make fewer cuts to edit out the portions you don’t want.

Post Production (After You Are Done Recording)

Post-production is a part when you are done recording the video, and it’s time to put everything into one package that can be presented to viewers in a single video form.

Video Editing Software

Many video editing software are available, and every software will get the job done. The only thing to choose is what operating system you are using, which video editing software is available for your operating system, and the features you would use in your videos.

If you use your mobile phone to record videos, you can also edit those videos on it. There are some fantastic mobile video editing apps such as Kinemaster for Android and iPhone. You can go through this series of mobile filmmaking if you are interested in creating content using your mobile phone.

If you create content using digital camera, every camera will save the videos on an SD card that will plug into your computer. So it would be best if you use desktop-based video editing software.

The top two video editing software used by the majority of the YouTube content creators are, the Adobe Premiere Pro, available for both Windows and Mac, and the Final Cut Pro, available only for Mac.

Both the video editing software are great, but my inclination is more towards Final Cut Pro since Adobe Premiere Pro is quite complex and is aimed towards filmmakers. If you have to make tutorial videos, you can use Final Cut Pro. But since it is only available for Mac, the cheapest machine you will get is MacBook Air.

Or, you can go for video editing apps available for Windows. Filmora Pro by Wondershare is a great video editing app and affordable since it can be purchased for a one-time payment.

I suggest choosing one video editing software and learning everything about it. Learn about the keyboard shortcuts, learn how to add a specific effect to your video, and learn how to speed up your process. It won’t happen on the first video, but you will surely get accustomed to the video editing app by creating more videos. I know friends who use filmora and have become so much that they cannot move to another software.

Arranging the Footage

This is also a big part of having a smooth post-production process after recording the video. You must learn about how other people arrange their video footage so that you can create your own by making changes to someone else’s workflow.

For example, my workflow is, I have a folder for every property/youtube channel. Inside that folder, I have a folder called ‘Raw Footage.’ Under ‘Raw Footage,’ I have a folder for a particular video project (project 1, project 2 etc). And under each project folder, I have folders for every camera source (camera 1, camera 2 etc). It depends on the kind of video I am making.

For example, if I am making a vlog where I have used my Mobile camera for some footage, my Action camera, and my Digital camera, I will have three folders for different cameras and put the footage there.

So, in the parent folder of the YouTube channel, I will also have a folder called RAW photos, and there will be another folder called Published videos where the exported videos are saved.

Get More Storage

When you’re working with videos and making a lot of them, you will quickly run out of space in no time. I strongly suggest you get an SSD. After the camera and microphone, that should be in the list of top 3  investments for your YouTube channel.

I have one 500GB SSD from Samsung, where are my projects files are saved, and I have another 2TB Hard Drive, where I move all the raw footage from SSD once a month or so. You can choose to delete the raw footage once you have edited the video, or you can keep it, depending on your requirement.

Apart from the Raw Footage, Raw Photos, and Published Videos folder, I have another folder called Media Assets, where I have other folders such as Intro & Outro, and Music.

Intro, Outro & CTA

Creating Intro & Outro using Canva

The Intro is a clip that plays before your video is started, but it is a part of your video. It is generally a welcome screen that shows your logo or the name of your channel, and it is basically to tell people where they have landed on.

Outro plays at the end of the video, and it’s of different types, as you may have seen in many YouTube videos.

CTA is a call to action. For example, the Subscribe text or graphics appear on the video at the end of the beginning.

You can use your existing video editing app to create an intro, outro, and CTA. You can also find it on YouTube, and they are many resources from where you can get it. You can even use sites like canva to create intros and outros.

The goal here is consistency in all your videos, so using the same intro outro in CTA is advisable. It is something you can improve over time, but you should give it a lot of thought so that you don’t have to change it in every video.

Finding the Music

Putting background music in the videos positively affects the footage as it becomes more enjoyable, and people tend to watch longer. But, it’s a personal choice of a YouTube creator to add background music. There are a lot of categories where background music is distracting. So, you will have to decide for yourself.

If you are planning to add music to the background of your video, you will have to find copyright-free music because you cannot adjust any music. You can easily find a song or a tune if used for 30 seconds or more.

The original creator of that music or song can claim the copyright, and all the revenue generated on YouTube via ads will go to the original creator of the music.

Most people find copyright-free Music on YouTube itself as there are a lot of channels dedicated to curating music that is free to use on videos. But I have had a bad experience with it. Sometimes the original owner of the copyright-free music sells e copyright of the music tour company. They start claming the revenue of every YouTube video that has used that song.

So it would help if you used YouTube audio library to find a song that you can use in all your videos.

You can also buy a subscription to premium music sites such as Epidemic Sound that offer some great music tracks. Music from these sites will be copyright-free even after your subscription is ended.

Uploading (After You Make the Video)

After the video is exported and you have got the final product that is ready to be uploaded, here are certain sections that also require your attention

Writing the Title

At this point, you already know the topic of the video. You can use that and create an exciting title for your YouTube video. Please include the keywords in the title. It should be easy to spell and read, and you can get creative to create some curiosity.

This depends on the topic of the video. There is a 100 character limit on the title, so you can utilize that title to make it search-friendly and a little bit of curiosity.

Creating the Thumbnail

Another element of your video where you can utilize curiosity to get the maximum number of people to click on your video is a thumbnail.

I came across a great analogy from MKBHD in his YouTube creators course. YouTube thumbnail is like a signboard of an amusement park. The rides are fantastic, and people will enjoy it, but it’s the signboard on the gate of the amusement park that will encourage more people to get into the park.

If people won’t click on your video, they will also not watch your video. If another video has a better thumbnail in the list of videos, it will have more chances of getting clicked, making your video lose in the eyes of the YouTube algorithm.

There are some basic rules you should follow while creating a YouTube thumbnail, such as, it should have elements that are in your video. You can grab a screenshot of an exciting part of your video and use Canva to add some text to it to generate curiosity. You can study other people’s YouTube thumbnails in your topic area.

Tags and Other Elements of YouTube

You can set up other things while uploading the video, such as adding a related video or link in the Card section, Tags, Related video, Subscribe in the End screen.

You don’t necessarily have to do all these things, but YouTube offers some features to optimize your video.

For example, you can use the Card and entry feature to direct the user to another video or a webpage. It is particularly helpful for teachers who have created multiple lessons in multiple videos to lead the user from lesson 1 to Lesson 2 and so on.

You can also automatic some part of it by using Chrome extensions such as Tubebuddy or VidIQ. We have made a comparision article to help you pick the best one for you.

Promoting (After the Video is live on YouTube)

Promotion is wide and cannot be summed up in a paragraph. That’s why we have a dedicated category called marketing and promotion, where you can read different ways you can try to promote your content.

If you have a large audience on some other platform, you can utilize it by promoting your YouTube video link. You can read this study-created article that talks about promoting your video content in the right way. You gain something in return for your effort of putting your YouTube content on other platforms.

Start Teaching on YouTube – How to Create and Run A Successful YouTube Channel

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If you aren’t already aware YouTube is the second biggest search engine after Google. YouTube is also from Google, which means Google owns both first and second-largest search engines.

What does it mean for you as a teacher? You have a tremendous opportunity to find students where you won’t only find people to consume your content, but you can also monetize your free content with ads and earn ad revenue.

Getting started on YouTube may sound intimidating, after hearing that there are already hundreds of thousands of creators uploading millions of videos daily.

In this article, I am putting my years of experience in making videos on YouTube, and it will probably help you get started on YouTube the right way.

Videos on YouTube generally fall in one of these categories

  • Tutorials
  • Unboxing videos
  • Event videos
  • News
  • Demo videos
  • Interviews
  • Live streams
  • Entertainment videos

If you plan to teach people a skill through your videos, you will fall into the tutorials category, which is pretty lucrative. But that does not mean that you cannot create videos in other categories.

It’s just that most videos are going to be in the ‘Tutorials’ category. And you can do occasional interviews with successful people in the area/topic you are trying to teach, you can also do live streams to take questions and answer them, you can do demos of products, and you can also cover news that comes from the area of the topic you are targeting.

1. Create a YouTube Channel

This may seem like a no-brainer, but creating just any account won’t do the trick. Fill in all essential details, especially the About section that must include,

  • A witty description of your business
  • Email address
  • Your other social media links

After that, think about branding your channel. Start with the YouTube banner image and channel icon. And like me, most of you won’t have a degree and graphics and designs, so I highly recommend you use tools like Canva.

Canva provides thousands of templates for creating YouTube thumbnails, Instagram stories posts and even reels, Facebook posts and many other things that require good designing skills. The free version is enough for getting started. Use canva to create an exciting display picture across all the social media platforms, not just on YouTube.

You can also use canva for creating Channel art for your YouTube channel. It is unnecessary to have the perfect YouTube Channel art from the start of creating a new YouTube channel, but you should give it some thought and try to make it appealing. You can check out other people’s YouTube Channel art to get inspiration, and Canva also gives you tons of templates to get inspired.

Make Videos About Your Audience’s Interests

Now that we are done with the part of creating a YouTube channel. It’s time to put your thoughts into you making videos.

The first thing that you should keep in mind is making videos to Cater to a specific audience. Because you want only particular people looking for a specific problem to create a community of like-minded people, this is very important if you’re going to optimize your channel.

A small but highly targeted audience is much better than a larger audience with multiple interests.

If it has been a while you are creating content on other social networks, you are in luck because then, you can find some interesting topics or even ask your existing audience on other platforms.

But if you are just getting started and are choosing YouTube to start teaching a skill, you can go through all the YouTube channels in your area of expertise and find what type of videos people are watching. How the videos are performing, and what problems are not being addressed.

You need to brainstorm this part in a notebook or an app like Google Docs. I suggest you go through the article before you get started online, which talks about all the tools required to optimize everything you are trying to do online.

Publish Videos Consistently

This is one of the most common types you will get from every YouTuber or are more broadly content creators creating content for any platform. It would help if you were consistent.

It is natural for us to lose the excitement after a week, which stops the majority of the YouTube inhabitants from becoming successful influencers.

This is why the previous section is more important than actually making the video because to make the video; you need to have an idea about what type of content you should be making. Most of the creators get stuff at phase, clueless about what to do next.

To kick yourself out of your comfort zone, collaborate with people, and create a content calendar. Make it a habit to plan the videos for at least a month so that collaboration becomes smoother and your schedules predictable.

Also, make a note of all holidays and upcoming events so that you can seize the opportunity to create unique videos. Just like any other type of marketing activity, if you’re considering YouTube, you need to be consistent for a considerable amo\unt of time.

Engage with the Community

YouTube is not just about you creating videos, it is about the community you build. So you must address any question you have been asked in the comments section and interact with the audience.

This will make them spend more time on your channel on your videos, indicating YouTube that they are interested in.

The more similar people watch your YouTube videos, the more data YouTube gets to show your videos to more similar types of people.

First thousand subscribers are the toughest

This is where you would need the most motivation you can get. When you start a channel, your videos won’t get any views. There are a lot of creators out there creating content, and YouTube is busy serving them.

Instead of putting up one video and spending your time inside the analytics, you should keep creating videos; YouTube will take a while to show your videos. This is all an automatic process, and you cannot blame YouTube for not showing your videos to their audience.

They need a sample size that watches your videos. So that they can match it and show your videos to a similar audience because only then they will be able to know your content is being watched by people with specific interests.

The first 1000 subscribers are the toughest for every new YouTube content creator unless you have another big YouTube channel or a large following on a social media platform. Because then you can drive a lot of traffic on your videos and speed up the process of YouTube getting enough data to recommend the videos to other people.

This is all you should know no for creating a successful YouTube channel. Everything else you would be reading from here on would be to keep yourself updated with what’s new, what’s happening and how to optimize your YouTube workflow. Everything can be found on Tool for Teaching.

The technical part of YouTube, such as Pre and Post Production of Videos, is mentioned in a separate article found here.

Zoom vs Google Meet, Which One is Better for Teaching Online

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For the past few years, we have seen something no one has ever witnessed in the last hundred years. The Global pandemic logs everyone in homes for a month globally.

Thanks to technology, many of us can work from home using our laptops by connecting to the internet.

Although there are many other services that offer the feature of letting anyone take an online class by inviting multiple people into one single session, we will be comparing Zoom and Google Meet because these are generally that two popular choices available.

Zoom was established in 2011, saw tremendous growth during the lockdown period because many people turned to it.

The growth is unprecedented, and it grabbed the attention of people from all over the world because of its ease of use. People chose Zoom over other services because it was one of the very few services offered many people to attend a web conference.

Google has a similar service called Google meet, which was exclusively available to G Suite users, a paid service offered by Google.

Google has made it free to use now, and it is available on its URL and inside Gmail.

So you can either go to meet.google.com and start a meeting, or you can find the option to start a meeting inside your Gmail account.

You can then share the URL with other people who can join without logging in to their Google accounts (Zoom also allows joining meetings without signing up).

Google meet offers more control over the meetings. No one can hijack a meeting, and no one can join if the host has selected specific settings.

Since it is web-based, it is available on every OS, and there are dedicated apps available for mobile phones that you can install from the respective app stores.

Use cases where Zoom would be a better option

Google meet surely looks like a good deal. You don’t have to create a separate account since it is already a part of your Google account and built nicely. The user interface is pretty clean and clutter-free.

But, there are many use cases where Zoom would be a better pick for video conferencing.

The first use case is the number of participants. While Google meet has a limit of 250 people, you can hold large meetings on Zoom, where you can get as many as 500 people to participate, which would cost you around $69.99 a month (100 Participants in free account)

In the paid plans starting at $14.99/month, you get a lot of other options, such as the ability to record the entire conference and save it on their cloud, which you can share with other people using a URL.

The Business plan starts at $19.00/month gives you the option to set up a page with your branding, a custom URL, and all the features available in the Pro account.

Google Meet free vs Zoom Basic

If we have to compare the free version of both the services, you will have to pick according to your requirement.

For example, the free version of Zoom limits hosts up to 100 participants, and there will be a limit of 40 minutes on the group meetings. But you will still be able to record the meeting and store it locally, which can be uploaded on services like YouTube if you want to share it with other people.

And the free version of Google meet will allow you up to 250 people but limit you to host a meeting for up to 60 minutes. You would also not be able to record the meeting (but you can use screen recording software like Snagit to record it).

Zoom has also improved its services and added some security features, so now, you have options to either go for a Zoom set up or use Google meet for arranging your meetups online classes.

Which one is best for teachers?

If you intend to use Google Meet or Zoom for taking a class for your students, the limitation of participants shouldn’t be a factor since taking online classes is an interactive session, and it is advisable to have a smaller batch. 100 people at once is better than 250 people however it would strictly depend on the kind of sessions you are looking to take.

If you are looking for or something quick to set up tool which you can use with your students or paid members, Google meet is the perfect choice here.

Although if you are looking for something to carry out a webminar that would be attended by a lot of people, where you want more control and professionalism zoom would be an ideal choice. Obviously will have to pay some money to get features like more people to join and more session time, but it would be a suitable choice.

Best Tools to Create Tutorials and Guides for Your Students

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If you are looking to start a teaching skillset or a subject online to your students, and the part of your content you are sharing with them is tutorials and Guides, this article would definitely help you find the best tools to create them.

What differentiates between professional tutorials and not so professional tutorials is their clarity and easy to understand visuals.

Create A Broader Tutorial

While it is helpful for the readers to go through a specific tutorial, it will be stressful for you to create multiple tutorials and select the right one.

The best way would be to identify a broad problem, query, which may have a few more queries along with the steps of a certain process. You can then specify each query or address a common question. 

Making Use of the Headings,

And sub heading to separate points,

Bold the key words,

  • Use the bullet points for steps
  • Because it makes it easy to read.

Add many images; it could be screenshots of the web product you are teaching your readers about or photographs of the physical products showing each critical step clearly.

One in-depth, high-quality tutorial is far better than creating multiple tutorials for similar queries or tasks.

Tools For Creating Charts and Graphs

Tutorials are easy to follow because of their visual nature. Using a lot of graphics, screenshots, and charts makes it easy for the users to follow. But if you are not into graphic design, it can be pretty difficult to do it if you do not know the right tools.

Use websites like Canva, PiktoChart etc. I use Canva almost every day. It is a web-based app and also has an Android and iOS app.

Along with helping you create quality tutorials, can we can also be used in your content strategy by allowing you to create templates that you can use to post on social media platforms having consistency in everything you share with your audience.

Tools for Image based Tutorials

You can use Snagit. You can download Snagit for Free and try it for 30 days without purchasing. This is enough time to know its value for doing professional tutorials.

Snagit Editor is a helpful tool, not just as an app to annanote screenshots, but you can edit images and photos you download from the internet. It’s a quick tool to make minor edits and manipulations to any image.

Almost every image I upload to my blog, has to go through the Snagit Editor, to make sure it’s at a particular dimension, has jpeg format with 80% of its quality to make it weigh under 100kb. So, I guess it’s a must-have tool for bloggers as well.

Tools for Screencast Tutorials

If you are creating screencast or screen capture type tutorial videos, you can also look at Camtasia, which is from the same company the Snagit app is from, but with some extra features such as an inbuilt video editor.

Although you can use snagit to capture your screen, camtasia is a dedicated screencasting tool and is for easy to operate. You can use the web camera of your laptop to be in the screencast as well.

Here Are 10 Best Online Tools for Teaching

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This is a new era of learning where you can reach millions of people from all over the world. This is a list of some of the best online tools for teaching.

1. Google Meet

Google meet is a free tool offered by Google that lets you conduct online classes for over 250 people all at once.

And on top of that, you get product features such as a shared whiteboard where you can draw things that will be shared with all the attendees.

You can use the whiteboard tool to to teach a subject without having to rely on complicated ways of creating videos or animations.

2. Animoto

Some topics require a little more than explaining on a whiteboard. Perhaps an explainer video would be perfect if your new animation.

You don’t need to learn it from scratch since Animoto is a digital tool that will allow you to create animated videos that you can share with your students. It is a free tool with Limited features but more than enough to get your message across.

If you are looking for a professional tool you can subscribe to be a premium plan and create professional quality animation videos.

3. Kahoot.com

It’s an excellent tool for any teacher to create a funny and exciting quiz that can be shared with students via a link once it is created.

You can create a live game show, for a simple quiz that automatically shows the results after it is completed. A lot of schools have already been using it.

4. Storybird

Story bird is another interesting online tool for educators and teachers to create exciting stories to make it fun for students to follow along.

It has different options for teachers to create such as picture book, long-form story, comics, poetry etc.

5. Jupiter

Jupiter is one of the best learning platforms where teachers can create a curriculum and students can follow it.

It’s an all in one platform where teachers can give assignments to track the students’ progress by giving them scores according to their performance etc.

A lot of the admin part of it is automated, so you can focus on the teaching rather than having to do all the admin type of work such as collecting assignments from students, sorting them, giving them scores, and then tracking each student’s progress.

All of it is done automatically on Jupiter.

6. Open Liberary

Open Library is an internet archive of books from different subjects and categories.

You can get books on literature, books for kids, several textbooks for different subjects, books written by professors and scholars. It currently has over 400 thousand ebooks listed on the website.

Similarly, other sites such as onelib.in, and books.google.co.in. And then there is also pdfsearchengine.net, where you can search for any PDF. These resources would be more than enough for a book you’re looking for.

Tubebuddy vs VidIQ: Best SEO Chrome Extension for YouTube Creators

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YouTube is a top-rated video hosting site for creators of all skill levels. There are videos on YouTube of every imaginable topic, so it is hard to know where to search for content. There are many SEO Chrome extensions specifically designed for YouTube creators that can help with video discovery.

In this article, we will discuss two of the most popular Chrome extensions available to help YouTube creators optimize their YouTube channel.

Why you would want to use these Chrome extensions?

Although Tubebudddy and VidIQ are promoted as SEO tools for YouTube, it is much more than that.

Tubebuddy

Tubebuddy is the best Chrome extension for YouTube Creators. It includes several features that are designed to help creators optimize their videos for SEO, including keyword research, linking tool, annotation linker, and thumbnail generator.

The Tubebuddy team has been working on this product since 2012 when they launched an early version called TubeBuddy Pro. Since then, it’s become one of our favorite tools for helping content marketers find new ways to grow traffic from YouTube.

VidIQ

VidIQ also has these features along with the ability to publish directly to YouTube without ever leaving the browser. The VidIQ platform is a cloud-based solution that allows you to create, manage and monetize your videos in one place.

TubeBuddy and VidIQ are outstanding and helpful channel management applications, but they differ in many ways. They’ll be compared in this blog post so that you can decide between them.

Key Differences Between TubeBuddy vs VidIQ  

TubeBuddy is available as a Chrome extension, Firefox, and Safari external extensions, while VidIQ extension is available for Chrome extensions.

TubeBuddy provides more detailed data and analytics, whereas VidIQ’s analytics are simpler.

Information Displayed on the Video Page

Good thing about these Chrome extensions is once you have installed them in your browser, it displays relevant information on every YouTube video page. The information card is added on the right-hand side, just above the related videos.

The information displayed by Tubebuddy and VidIQ is pretty much similar. The only difference is how it is presented.

Tubebuddy displays it much simpler, which is also easy to understand. That’s like total views on the channel, total videos on the chamber, tags used in the video, etc.

VidIQ displays the same information displayed by Tubebuddy. It is more graphic-rich. VidIQ also adds CTA buttons to encourage free users to upgrade to Pro plans to view more information.

If you want to use the free version of either form extension, Tubebuddy would be less intrusive than displaying relevant information in a small space.

Pro Plans of Tubebuddy & VidIQ

VidIQ begins at a lower rate of $7.50 per month for its paid subscription plan, whereas TubeBuddy costs $9 per month. And if you have got less than 1000 subscribers, Tubebuddy also gives a 50% discount making the price $4.50.

Another thing I like about Tubebuddy is it gives many opportunities to YouTube creators to get a taste of the Pro plan for free e by completing a certain task. 

For example, you can get the Pro features for three days if you follow Tubidy on Twitter. You get more if you tweet about them. 

Apart from providing SEO and Analytics features, Tubebudy also has automation features in its Pro plan, which can speed up your workflow. It offers more automation tools in its higher plans.

Star Plan, which starts at $19/month and is also their most popular plan, allows you to schedule videos, bulk copy cards, and end screen and also post the video to Facebook from the same page.

In short, Tubebuddy has more features to offer than VidIQ in every plan. Even the basic one.

Conclusion

If we have to conclude which Chrome extension is better, we can put it like this. VidIQ is the core SEO and Analytic tool for YouTube, while Tubebuddy is also an automation tool that will save you time.

Either way, you can use both the services since both are free to get started, and then decide which one deserves your money.

Things to do before You Get Started with Online Teaching

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Online teaching is a great way to supplement your income, and it’s never been easier to teach, especially after the worldwide pandemic where everyone is well equipped with online tools and how to communicate online.

The following are some tips and tools to help you get started.

Find your Edge

This is the most important of all before finding tools and ways to start online teaching. Find out one of your skills or knowledge that has some internet in other people.

And find out what are problems you can solve. That would be your Edge. Here are a few steps you can follow to figure that out.

Review your resume – Your goal is to identify gaps in skillsets or experience that you could use in online teaching. Such as teaching programming languages or computer science topics to kids, your knowledge of setting up a company, small business, or your learning as a project manager, a band member, a painter, or whatever it is.

Do your research. If you’re thinking about teaching online, research what other teachers are doing in the field and the standards. What type of methods they are using, what platforms they have chosen to teach their students, their profile pages, the style of their posts, how their setup is.

Start with Social Media

This suggestion would have been different ten years ago when there was hardly any popular social media that offered so many options for posting online.

Social media is one of the best mediums to reach your target audience because billions of people are actively using social media. You can post text, photos, videos, and different formats.

And it is Free to get started, the online thing you would need, a content strategy, which we will discuss in the next section.

Create Seperate Social Media Profiles

My suggestion would be to get started with social media, create your profiles that are brand-based, or maybe create a separate brand profile if you still want to use your social media accounts for personal communication.

It is advisable to have a business and personal profiles separate to maintain your content to your audience.

Fosuc on getting target followers

Your initial objective should be to gather as many followers as you can, specifically targeted to what you will be teaching in the near future.

Having a target audience matters a lot, both for the success of your online classes and social media algorithms, as it’s the only way to increase engagement on the social media platform you are using. It will result in the broader reach of a similar kind of audience.

Decide the Brand you want to create

There are two directions you can take to pursue online teaching, or any online venture. You can either start with your name or create a brand that is easy to remember, is unique and is available everyhwere on social media.

If you are already a famous personality in a community, because of your previous work, it is better to start with your name. Nothing will stop you to create a team to work with you if you ever want to scale it up.

If it is not the case, you can simply select any brand name, that would be much better, because you would be able to scale it further, or, if you ever want to partner with someone or maybe get acquired by someone. It is something nobody can predict, especially at the very start of an online business, but you need to have a long-term goal and have to take the directions accordingly.

Create content strategy and business model 

You may have chosen to teach people online, but you are running an online business for which you need to have a business model and content strategy.

The majority of the people who use content strategy is to promote their online classes have a follow a freemium business model where you provide some information for free. Then you charge a premium fee for exclusive content, it could be in the form of online glass or pre-recorded content behind a paywall, and that’s precisely what you can do using social media.

You will have to research your area of expertise, and you can find the most asked questions to create content around it and post on your social media profile. The idea here is to give users a taste of what you are capable of teaching them so that they follow. You are the chances would be high they would be interested in your paid content.

While it is a super broad topic that needs a separate post of its own, you can read guides about everything you’ll require in your journey of teaching online. Check other articles on our site, Tool for Teaching.