Loom Screencasting App, an Educational Perspective

Before taking EDTS 325 (Educational Technology in the Classroom), I had no idea what the term screencasting meant. Many people have likely seen a screencast, but also do not know the term.

Screencasting is a modern technology, where a video is taken of the computer screen or tab. Many people have seen this in the form of a How-To video when troubleshooting on computers.

Teachers can use this technology in a flipped classroom, or when assigning homework.

I created a screencast of a Kahoot How-To using Loom, an application specifically designed for this.Kahoot pic.png

Loom was extremely easy to download and use. It is an attachment for Google Chrome so it may not be an option if your favorite browser is Microsoft Edge or Firefox. I personally like Chrome, so it was an easy choice for me. The download took less than a minute, and I was able to use it immediately.

Loom is a great platform by itself for sharing the video you create because you can easily share a link. For my assignment, I needed to add it to Youtube. At first, it was a bit tricky to figure out this process, but it is quite simple. It simply needs to be downloaded and saved into your files, then you can upload the video to Youtube. The download time was about three minutes.

Applications in the Classroom

Here are a few examples of where this technology could be used:

  1. In a Flipped Classroom:
    • This provides an opportunity for the concepts to be learned at home and leaves more open class time for hands-on work.
  2. Background Information for Homework:
    • Adding diagrams, talking over a video, and answering common questions are all opportunities to help students when they are struggling at home.
  3. How to Log On:
    • Younger students can benefit from an example when they are trying to log onto a reading or math program online. Having a screencast set as the default page on a browser helps them to remember the process to log on to these applications. The repetition of the process will eventually make it natural and easy for them.
  4. Substitute Plans:
    • Having screencasts of lessons you will miss teaching still allows the students to maintain that connection, and have the same teaching expectations. It will feel as though you haven’t even left, especially if you make it personable for each class.
  5. Create While Teaching:
    • This requires a bit more planning, but I think it would be worth it. I think there could be an opportunity to use screencasting while giving the lesson and then posting the screencast for those that may have missed. This would be especially beneficial because they would still hear everyone’s questions if the microphone were able to pick the sound up.

Final Thoughts

I like the idea of a Flipped Classroom with this technology because it means I would be able to implement many more hands-on, pragmatic activities in class. I would also be interested in creating substitute plans in this way so that students know exactly what to expect while I’m away from the class.

Do you have any other ways that you use a screencast technology? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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