Many educators have a unique challenge this school year to effectively distance teach and build authentic relationships with their students.
There are so many methods of delivering content. It’s understandable why so many teachers and support staff are feeling completely overwhelmed.
To alleviate some stress, use these tips to learn how to video narrate your lesson on a PC!
Why Video Narrate Your Lesson?
Learning how to video narrate your lessons has a double advantage. First, it’s much faster than typing out everything you need students to know. In addition, it dramatically personalizes the instruction you are providing for them. As a school counselor, I want my students to know my voice and trust me!
Narrating my lessons allows this to happen.
With seemingly innumerable options for video narration tools, I wanted to make it easier for you by choosing one that is the most educator-friendly.
What sets Loom apart from other digital tools is its commitment to providing high-quality video narration tools for those in the field of education indefinitely, not just for the duration of COVID-19.
Given the immense pressure on teachers and students during this unprecedented time, I am grateful that companies like Loom recognize the value of this service for educators.
Video Narration How-To For Using Loom On PC
Setting up Loom on your PC is incredibly quick and user-friendly. Follow these steps, and you’ll be on your way to a polished video update, lesson, or interactive activity in minutes.
First, click https://www.loom.com/education to verify your educator account in order to get a free Pro Loom subscription.
Next, add the Chrome extension to your browser for instant video recording and exporting of Google Slides presentations, Docs, and all things G-Suite related.
From your web page, click on the Loom extension and select whether you would like Screen + Cam, Screen Only, or Cam only for your recording options. You can also select if you would like to record the Full Desktop or only the Current Tab.
From the Loom extension, you can select Present to record a full-screen version of your Google Slides presentation.
Once you’re finished recording, you can quickly share a link to post on Google Classroom or download your video to email to your students or fellow faculty members.
Loom also has a video walk-through of this process, as well as numerous other tutorials for educators.
In addition to the Chrome extension, Loom has a desktop app for PowerPoint and Keynote Presentations. Within the desktop application, you can also annotate your screen to walk your audience through processes, lessons, and other key ideas.
Examples of Video Lessons for Schools Counselors
What video lessons should you share with your students and staff? Here are some ideas for your virtual classroom!
Social-Emotional Learning Lessons (SEL) – Share growth mindset and character lessons with your students to help support their social-emotional growth. This is especially important in times of school closure and distance learning.
Anti-bullying lessons – Teach your students about being kind online and in person. Share the differences between rudeness, being mean, and bullying with engaging video narration.
Course/club overview- Often, school counselors have registration and activity support roles. Get your students involved with videos that explain the courses and clubs your school offers.
Self-care- Give your staff some self-care lessons to help support teachers during this time. Think meditation or just positive messages!
Books/Story Time-find books that address specific social skills that can lead to open discussion.
Other Video Narration Tools
Screencast O’Matic-Basic version is FREE and annual subscription is $19.80/year
Screencastify–Basic version is Free and the annual subscription is $29/year for educators
Whether you choose to use Loom or another video narration tool, my hope is that the results will be increased virtual interaction and understanding and a jump-start to the kinds of relationships you will continue to build with your students and co-workers over the course of this crazy year.