Khan Academy Style Videos
Khan Academy Style Videos

Khan Academy Style Videos

How to make Khan Academy style videos for your online courses using OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), SmoothDraw3, affordable Android drawing tablet and narration with microphone. Webcam is optional.

But first, take a look at this sample short video lesson from Khan Academy YouTube channel to get an idea of this teaching style.

The first one was published way back in March of 2008. See their Wikipedia entry.

What you need (links):

  • OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) is one of the most popular programs available to help users record videos from their computer screen.
  • SmoothDraw is a lightweight, easy to operate hand drawing software used by artists and educators.
Windows, OBS, SmoothDraw, Mic and Webcam
Windows 10, OBS, SmoothDraw, in-built webcam, external headphones and microphone.

The steps to start teaching with screen share.

  1. Plug in Android drawing tablet to your computer to use with SmoothDraw.
    1. They should be "plug and play" with no need to install software or drivers.
  2. Download, install OBS (Open Broadcaster Software)
    1. Open OBS and click on 'Settings'.
  3. Choose the 'Audio' tab and add an 'Input Capture' source.
    1. Select your internal or external microphone from the drop-down list.
  4. Choose the 'Video' tab and add a 'Video Capture Device' source.
    1. Select your webcam from the drop-down list (optional)
  5. Click 'Start Recording' to begin recording your video.
  6. Teach!
  7. When you are done recording, click 'Stop Recording' to save the video to your computer.
    1. For Windows users, videos are saved, by default, to your Videos folder.
    2. You can change the directory in OBS settings.

The next steps are to edit and upload your videos to your course platform of choice, and we will cover this in another post.