3 Best Video Tools for CTE Teachers
Are you struggling to maintain a connection with students during hybrid or remote learning?
Do you want to incorporate videos as another way to increase engagement in your classes?
If so, you’re in the right place.
As a digital curriculum developer, we work with CTE teachers across the US looking for new ways to incorporate technology in their classes to engage students.
Many teachers I speak with are interested in using video-based tools both in and out of the classroom but aren’t sure where to start.
To help you and your students succeed, we’ve put together a list of the most common video tools we hear about from CTE teachers like you:
- Loom for Education
In this article, you’ll discover an overview of these video tools, how they can be used, and their price to help you choose the best option for your classes.
Screencastify is a Google Chrome extension that you can use to either record your screen or your webcam. It’s a simple tool that sits on your Chrome Extensions bar and allows for marking on your screen as you record.
Online Review: 4.5/5, noting the ease of set-up and use as big positives.
Price: Free 5-minute recordings or $49/year for unlimited recording length (School or District Pricing Available)
As an educator, Screencastify can help you build virtual lessons in full or by modules.
The features within Screencastify allow you to:
- Record video on a Chrome tab, whole screen, or your webcam
- Trim the beginning and end of your videos
- Draw on your video with the pen tool
- Highlight clicks or your mouse on the screen
- Merge and crop videos
- Overlay text on your clips
- Publish directly to your YouTube channel
- Share to Google Classroom
Screencastify provides certification courses and a variety of resources to help teachers get started, including tips on using Screencastify in your classroom.
Screencast-O-Matic is a video recording software that you download to your computer. Once you have the software installed, you can use it to record your screen, webcam, or both simultaneously. The user interface is clean and easy to use by logging into your profile on their website.
Online Review: 4.7/5, noting the video editing capabilities as a great addition.
Price: Free to record up to 15 minutes, but you need to upgrade for editing and additional capabilities. Pricing is $1.65/month for Deluxe and $4.00/month for Premier. (School or District Pricing Available)
With Screencast-O-Matic’s free recording tool, you can:
- Record any part of your screen, your webcam, or both
- Add audio narration
- Add music or captions
- Trim the beginning and end of a video
- Upload your recordings to Google Drive or YouTube
If you upgrade to the advanced recording tool, you can draw on your recordings, add captions, and use the full video editor.
A plus for educators is that Screencast-O-Matic integrates with many popular learning management systems, including Canvas, Schoology, and Google Classroom. This is especially helpful if you are required to integrate all of your digital tools into your LMS!
If you’re considering Screencast-O-Matic, check out their resources to help teachers get started, and you can even earn a badge and certificate.
Loom for Education
Loom provides both a desktop app and Google Chrome extension for video recording and sharing.
Online Review: 4.6/5, noting the ease of use as an essential feature.
Price: Loom's Education plan allows you to record videos up to 45 minutes long and is 100% free for verified teachers!
When you create an account, you will gain access to your unique “workspace,” which acts as the home for all of your recordings.
In your workspace, you can organize your videos with folders in your library, which makes it easy to locate any recording you may need to send to students.
Loom for Education has many features for educators, including:
- Screen and camera recording
- Custom recording dimensions
- Drawing and mouse emphasis tools
- Capability to insert calls-to-actions and next steps for your students
- Viewer insights on who watches and engages with your videos
- Options for viewers to comment and submit emoji reactions
- Ability to password-protect videos
If you’re interested in using Loom, check out this article: How to Use Loom for Education
What Digital Tools Work for Your CTE Classes?
Screencastify, Screencast-O-Matic, and Loom are the three most common video tools we hear from teachers like you. While they all have their benefits, only you can decide which is best for your teaching style, needs, and budget.
CTE teachers use many other digital tools in conjunction with their standard teaching materials to engage and connect with their students.
Have a tool you want to share? Comment below to add your insight!