How I Use It
I use Loom for most of my computer-based screencasting when sending a tutorial to a student, recording a lesson, or assisting teachers with a new tool. I utilize the Chrome extension as my work is primarily web-based (simulations, LMS, G-Suite), but I often choose to record my full desktop after initiating the tool from my internet browser.
For teaching, I like that there is a webcam bubble which can be resized and relocated easily. This adds a personal touch with students, but I can also hide the webcam view at any point if it is unnecessary or obstructive.
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.
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.