Step-by-step tutorial to use Loom for online teaching.
Many teachers near and far are using Zoom to meet with their students face-to-face. Even my own daughter had a meeting this week and seeing a class full of 6 and 7-year-olds get together was the cutest thing! Their excitement to see each other was so genuine! My daughter was waiting patiently for her best bud to get on the call.
Connecting with students during these times is super important. They need you and honestly, you need them. We all need a sense of normalcy. Being able to give them something that they are used to helps provide a sense of security during these uncertain times. Using a screen recording platform, such as Loom.com is a fabulous way to continue with a sense of normalcy.
Loom video recording is a platform that I have used for the last year and a half! What I love about it is that you can easily:
- record your screen with voiceover
- record your screen with your face in the corner and voiceover
- record just your face talking to the camera
You can get behind that camera, record a lesson, and share it with your students. They can watch it at their own leisure. I have made you a step by step tutorial to show you how to use Loom recording for online teaching!
1. Sign up for a FREE account! Click HERE and be taken to the site.
2. Once you are there, you can either sign up with your email address or with a google account.
Enter your information and click “continue”.
3. On the next screen, you will choose what you are using loom for.
4. Next, you will choose how you want to access the platform. I love the desktop app and use that option. Choose whichever one is best for you!
5. You will have the option of being notified when students view your videos if you’d like.
6. Next, you will be ready to start recording your video! You will do one of the two options below.
Or, if you installed the desktop app, like me, then you will choose the program from your computer. Mine is both at the top of my screen and the bottom (not pictured below).
7. Once you click to begin your new video, you will have the following screen pop up.
8. From here, you will be able to start recording, pause the recording (to grab that thing you forgot to have handy), stop the recording, save the video, name it, shared it, and organize them into folders.
I created some videos to walk you through those steps!
Ways to Use Loom Recording for Teaching Online
There are so many ways you can use this platform. Here is a short list of ideas to help you get started!
- Do a read aloud. Ask questions and wait so that students can answer even though it is not live.
- Create a simple PowerPoint about your phonics skill of focus. Talk students through a short lesson. Have them use scratch paper and pencil to brainstorm words with that skill.
- Teach them a song that helps them remember certain concepts. For example, a water cycle song.
- Do a shared reading lesson with the poem displayed on your screen.
Friends, getting behind the camera is scary sometimes. Trust me! It took me a while to get comfortable. This doesn’t even touch the ins and outs of figuring out how to use it.
But YOU’VE GOT THIS! Just allowing your students to hear your voice will be so comforting for them.
And, as a momma at home trying to teach my kids, they will likely take to heart what YOU are teaching them better than what their parents are teaching them. 😉
YOU CAN DO IT!
If you are looking for guidance on using ZOOM for a virtual online classroom, I made a tutorial HERE.