Screencasting made easy!

Soapbox is an easy-to-use, yet robust extension that allows you to create a screencast where you share the screen with what you’re doing on your desktop. When you’re done recording, you can toggle between your image full-screen, your desktop full-screen, or a split screen. Try creating one for a project or paper introduction and keep it on your Google Classroom page for people who were absent or who want to hear the instructions again!

Instant screencasting, instant sharing


There are quite a few screencasting apps and extensions out there, but they have a learning curve that may be a turnoff. Loom is a simple-to-use Chrome extension that allows you to record your screen as you explain whatever you’re looking at. You can choose to be on camera in a little circle at the bottom of the page, or you can be invisible. Imagine how many uses there are for Loom in the classroom – to explain an assignment for your students, to ask questions about a document in your PLT, etc. etc. The finished product can either be shared as a link, or the video can be downloaded as a file to upload to YouTube or any other website. To read about two other screencasting apps, click here.

Make a screenshot…or a screencast!

noun_219154_ccI normally use Screencast-O-Matic to make screencasts (see the one I made on organizing your bookmarks bar in your Chrome browser, and there’s also a series on working with Google Docs – try this one about how to use voice comments with Google Docs!), but last week I branched out and tried Nimbus.¬†With Nimbus, you can screenshot (the whole page? a portion of the page? whatever you want!), or you can make a quick screencast…either with sounds or without. I made the screencast from the last entry using Nimbus, just to practice…and it took me about five minutes to figure out.