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Free Expertise for Academics: Up to date – Screencasting on Chromebooks

Again in June Google launched a new screencasting device for Chromebooks. Again then I wrote a comparability of the Chrome OS screencast device and a few others which might be obtainable to make use of on Chromebooks. Since then Screencastify has modified their free plan and Flipgrid has been renamed as Microsoft Flip. So I believe it is time that I publish an up to date overview of the screencasting instruments obtainable to be used on Chromebooks. 

Chrome OS Constructed-in Recorder
The apparent good thing about utilizing the built-in recorder is that you do not have set up any third-party extensions. Moreover, your recordings mechanically save to your Google Drive. And since the video is saved in your Google account, it’s extremely simple to share your movies together with your college students. The most effective facet of the built-in Chrome OS screencasting device is that your video is mechanically transcribed for you and your college students can have that transcript translated into the language of their alternative. 

The shortcomings of the Chrome OS screencast recorder are the restricted drawing instruments and restricted modifying instruments. It should in all probability get higher in time, however proper now it does not have almost as many drawing and modifying choices as different screencasting instruments like Screencastify and Loom. 


Screencastify was one of many first screencasting instruments developed particularly for Chromebooks (it ought to be famous that it might work on any pc working the Chrome net browser). Over time it has improved in leaps and bounds. At present, Screencastify affords greater than only a device for recording a video of your display. It affords a whole video modifying platform. 

With Screencastify you possibly can document your display, use all kinds of drawing and zoom instruments, and edit your recordings in your net browser. Recordings will be mechanically saved to your Google Drive account, downloaded as MP4 recordsdata, and shared to different providers together with Google Classroom, YouTube, and EDpuzzle. 

It ought to be famous that on October 3, 2022 Screencastify launched some extreme limitations to the options talked about above for individuals who are utilizing Screencastify’s free plan. These limitations embody a restrict of getting solely ten movies in your account, a restrict of solely half-hour of export time (the full quantity of video that you simply obtain out of your account), and movies cannot be exported as MP4 recordsdata. These limitations make Screencastify’s free plan not almost as an excellent an choice because the Chrome OS display recorder or Loom’s free plan for educators. 


Loom enables you to obtain your recordings and MP4 recordsdata and share your movies on to number of locations together with YouTube. 

Here is a demo of how I used Loom and Google Jamboard to make whiteboard movies. 

Microsoft Flip

Though it is recognized for it, Microsoft Flip does provide a handy screencast recording device. It does not embody a functionality to attract on the display whereas recording, however it’s simple to make use of and simple to share your recordings together with your college students. You can too mix a screencast with a easy webcam video or whiteboard video that you simply make in Flip. Here is an illustration of make a whiteboard video in Microsoft Flip. If you wish to know extra about Flip’s different makes use of, check out this playlist of movies


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