Professional Development

April 16, 2020

How to Use Loom for Read Alouds

Connecting with students during interactive read aloud is valuable, especially as we are navigating the waters of distance learning. Since I shared the tutorial on how to use Loom, many of you have asked how to use Loom for read alouds. There is one small hiccup in the current set-up.

The camera is flipped!

We want our students to see the words so they can join us for a shared reading on an anchor chart or so that they can see the words and book pages just as they would if we were face to face. Here I have broken down the simple steps needed to flip the camera and learn how to use Loom for read alouds.

Step 1: Open Loom and click the 3 dots.

Once you open the application on your desktop, the three dots appear in the top righthand corner. Click the three dots.

Step 2: Click “Preferences”.

Step 3: Toggle “Flip Camera” to off.

When you first see it, it will be green. This means that the camera IS flipped. When you toggle it to grey, then it is NOT flipped. For text to appear correctly, you do not want it to be flipped.

Step 4: Begin your video and enjoy a read aloud with your students!

Close the “Preferences” box. Your settings will be saved and you can begin your video recording as usual!

Students will love listening to you read to them and they will be even more excited to feel like they are interacting with you. Don’t forget to stop, ask questions, give them think time, and model your thinking out loud for them!

Learning how to use Loom for read alouds with this simple change will allow you to do more than just a read aloud. You can do a math lesson while writing on a dry erase board, make an anchor chart, and lead students through a shared reading activity!

I hope you are finding your rhythm with distance learning. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help you!

Happy Teaching,


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6 Responses

  1. I love using Loom but I don’t have the option of seeing my full screen when I record, so it is hard for me to see if the whole book is showing. Is this because l am using a chromebook?? I can make the circle bigger but not full screen. Any tips?

        1. Hi Diane! I’m so sorry! I’m not sure what is going on, though. ๐Ÿ™ When I record a video, I can see it in full screen mode.

  2. Hi Amanda,
    I have the same problem. When I go to record myself it is hard to see the full screen. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thank you

    1. Hi Kelly! I’m not sure what is going on! When I record a video, it is in full screen mode with my face in the corner (or wherever else I’d like to move it). I wish I knew more about what was going on! I’m so sorry!! I’d help if I could!

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