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Great for ready to make, simple videos

I have not used Loom for very long but so far this is the best tool I have found to make a video quickly and easily. I used Camtasia for a long time but I did not make very many videos because it was difficult to use. And to make it worse, Camtasia would encourage me to make spend more time adding music, titles, it other professional quality items. Camtasia produced wonderful videos but there was a huge cost in time. I started using VidGrid (paid product) a few years ago. It was drop dead simple and made very nice "primative" videos quickly. My productivity improved greatly with VidGrid while the quality dropped slightly in ways that did not matter to my students. My school recently moved away from VidGrid and went to YuJa. YuJa has many features I do not need or want, was difficult to use, and crashed over half the time. It is not worth the frustration and my students were not happy about the loss of quick response. I recently found Loom and it is a great fit for my purposes. The videos are even easier to make than with VidGrid, though admittedly it could not get much easier. Best of all for my use case, when a student or students is struggling on something simple like using a VLOOKUP formula I can quickly make a video addressing the concept they are struggling with and post it to the class discussion board. My students are happy to got what they need, when they need it, in a format suitable for the purpose. The lack of features is a feature for those of use who are obsessive compulsive. I use to struggle releasing a video because it was never good enough. Knowing I can't edit a lot and that students value speed is very liberating. The quality is almost as good at a minimum and frequently just as good for the video and the audio. (Neither is as good as Camtasia) Pros Good audio and video quality Incredibly simple. Can record from the browser (720P I believe. Desktop is higher resolution.) Can play video at an accelerated speed Cons Surprisingly, it does not allow the video to be played at a slower speed. You could download the video and post to YouTube or play on a media player that supports that but that slows down your response time. This is not something that is normally needed but occasionally it is nice to have. The transcript is ok but not as accurate as other products I have used. But it is not bad. I am thrilled that it included free transcription and the quality is not bad so that is not a major deal for me. Conclusion Loom is probably not a good fit for your needs if you are making high quality lengthy videos that are designed to be used for multiple semesters. The increase in fidelity you could get from other products and the additional time are an investment in the future. If you need something that is free and incredibly simple to use to produce very good quality videos quickly, Loom is excellent. Loom also allows for a more interactive experience since responses can be made so quickly. The negative reviews I have read about Loom are accurate from the viewpoint of focusing on best quality video. But for good quality video done really quickly Loom is the best I have found.
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Easy to use and reliable screen-recorder

Loom is an absolute lifesaver for any teacher creating content for virtual teaching or flipped classroom. With no-frills setup requirements, works on any platform: chrome OS, Windows, Mac, and Linux, as you can use it as a browser extension and saves your creations directly to the cloud where it is easy to share. Loom also allows you to download your videos for further editing or sharing in specific platforms that require you to upload the video file.
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Great for Online Teaching/Learning

This tool was very helpful for me virtual teaching/learning. Although I hope the worst is over and that remote learning is a thing of the past, Loom helped me overcome these obstacles, and I know this can be useful for my classroom even when we return to face-to-face learning.
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Quick process from setup to shared!

My favorite aspect of Loom is that it publishes to the web and can be immediately shared using a linked or a linked gif. Before publishing, you can also trim the video to cleanup any hiccups at the beginning (much faster than having to stop and restart your recording). Upon the first view of your video, you receive a notification - useful to confirm that student really did hear your tutorial regarding a last minute homework question. Your videos are conveniently organized on the website (similar to YouTube) and can be accessed again at a later date. When I am reluctant to answer a student question because of the long explanation required, I remind myself to make a video as that is typically much faster and more effective via Loom. Dislikes: 1. Last year, I tried using the download version and it affected the operability of my keyboard. I uninstalled it and have had no problems since with the internet-based version. I also haven't felt a need to record without internet, so no real loss. 2. The View count doesn't always seem accurate. 3. Recording my full desktop or an app other than Chrome can be done, but takes a couple extra steps. If I am only recording outside of Chrome (which is rare for me), I might pick another screencast option. Even with the hassle, I usually still opt for Loom because I don't have to upload the video or remember where I stored it.
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Advertised as K-12 but cannot be used by students under 13 due to COPPA. Read their privacy policy carefully!

This is a great useful tool for elementary teachers creating offline content that kids can view outside of the classroom time. However, common sense regarding children recording themselves (photos, audio, video) and COPPA compliance means that kids under 13 cannot use it themselves. Loom isn't upfront about this and markets it as K-12 but don't be fooled. Read their privacy-policy and the FTC's COPPA FAQ before asking students to use it.
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graba, video o audio veloz

el audio demora un poco al trasladar el video o aveces por que es gratuito no tienes todas las funcionalidad, en cualquier momento se puede cortar la misma grabación. aunque a los jóvenes buscan siempre las cosas mas fáciles aunque a mis alumnos no les interesa mucho explora , me gusta seguir aprendiendo ar que un momento les gustara aprender.
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Just use iMovie

it doesn't show you how long you have been recording, the way it is designed makes using it impossible after using iMovie for years. it is not an app more like a pop-up window. Save your students the trouble and system memory of using Loom, use iMovie instead
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Easy to Create Video Instruction!

It is faster and more thorough than having to type feedback for students, and I can be quite specific and their work and show them what I am talking about. It is very easy to use and can capture either the screen only, your face only or both. Each time you create a video it gives you a link that you can share with the student (or students). Otherwise the videos you create are private. I think it is the easiest website I have used to quickly make a video!!
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A quick and easy resource for reviewing assignments and recapping lessons.

As a teaching tool I think it was effective but I think there are a lot of tools that can do what this tool does and a lot more. I really like that the video caption was round and the set up was so simple. I don't think I would use this resource in the future as it was a bit confusing to navigate and it did not have detailed tutorials. The set up was simple but the tutorials were very bare.
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