Loom is a free screencasting tool that allows users to capture their computer's screen and record themselves with their camera. Loom can be used on both Mac and Windows computers. Once you are finished creating your screen recording video, you can edit it and share it on Twitter, Facebook, and Gmail, as a URL, or embed it on a website.
|Basic: Free; Business: $8/month
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|Ease of Use
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The basic plan is free, but there are business and enterprise options for upgraded features.
There is no accessibility statement released by Loom. Loom cannot be used without a mouse. It also cannot be used with voice control. However, creating videos that showcase visuals with added narration might make learning more accessible than traditional lectures (which can’t be paused or replayed) and text-heavy materials.
Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model offers a lens for examining how technology is adopted in a classroom. As you strive to incorporate online tools into your classroom, we encourage you to use this model as an analytic tool. Here is an example of how Loom might fit within the SAMR model:
Far too often, technology is used as a direct substitute for other low-tech tools (e.g., pencil and paper). While substitution has some benefits (e.g., students develop their technical skills and knowledge), we encourage you to think about how you might use Loom to modify or redefine learning.
Teachers can create a screen recording to walk students through certain steps needed to take in order to solve a problem. Students can access this video outside of class to assist with their homework.
From a student perspective, students can record their problem-solving process to share with peers and teachers for feedback. Students can also record brief videos to teach their peers how to solve specific math problems.
Students can record a video of an experiment with their phone or tablet, put the video on their computer, and then do their own narration over the video to explain the science behind what is happening.
Students can choose a scene from a book and recreate it with a modern twist by reenacting a scene to record via their camera (not their screen) or screen recording narration for a digital comic.
Students can record their screens as they showcase and discuss an interactive timeline, map, or virtual tour.
Students who are English Language Learners can use Loom to capture live virtual presentations done in English and then watch, re-watch, pause, or slow down the video to aid their understanding of the material. For example, they could pause the video to look up the words that they don’t know.
Snyder, C., Paska, L. M., & Besozzi, D. (2014). Cast from the past: Using screencasting in the social studies classroom. The Social Studies, 105(6), 310-314.
Waltemeyer, S. & Cranmore, J. (2018). Screencasting technology to increase engagement in online higher education courses. eLearn Magazine. Retrieved from https://elearnmag.acm.org/archive.cfm?aid=3236693
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