There’s been much debate over Screencastify vs. Loom as far as screen recording. They both have similar functions and features; however, here’s the big difference – Loom Pro is free for verified educators whereas Screencastify is not. Here’s how to get your Loom Pro account for free.
So, Loom wins by TKO.
With all the discussion about and experimentation with Google Meet breakout rooms, we will need a way to have multiple Meet rooms open at the same time. Unfortunately, all the audio will be coming at you at the same time. By installing the Mute Tab extension, you can mute/unmute individual tabs very easily. In this way, you can move between breakout rooms and only hear the audio of one at a time.
Our district is using a concurrent teaching model where every teacher has a cart with an external monitor that we are using to display the remote students on Google Meet. One problem we ran into is that if you are presenting with PowerPoint or Keynote and your computer is hooked to an external monitor, the programs default to a presenter mode. This puts the slide show on the external monitor and your presentation notes on the computer screen. Teachers were no longer able to see their remote students.
For both programs, it’s an easy fix.
For Keynote, access the “Play” menu and select “Present Slideshow in a Window”:
For PowerPoint, use the “Set up Slideshow” menu:
As the calendar turns to August, we’re starting to ramp up our preparation for a school opening unlike any other. Many of us still don’t know what format we will be faced with yet (hopefully, my district will decide tonight). In the (likely) event that we will be returning in some version of remote or hybrid learning, you will want to be able to see both what you are presenting to your students and any students who may be connecting online. This will allow you more flexibility and the ability to monitor students during presentations.
Extended desktop for Chromebook – access your settings by moving the cursor to bottom left and clicking on the gear icon in the pop-up. Go to “Device” and “Displays”. From here it works pretty much like the instructions for the Mac.