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Loom: Video Messaging

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In this activity, the instructor sends a video message to students about an activity, event, or assignment using Loom Video recorder. This can be a simple welcome to the class.

Loom is a new free Chrome Extension that allows you to quickly record a video message and/or screencast and then shares it immediately with students and colleagues. You can embed the video in your Moodle course or on your Website. Loom also integrates well with Google Classroom. You can share your videos via Gmail; and if you send to another Gmail user, Loom will insert a video player into your email so your video can be played in your email. Videos can also be shared directly to Twitter and Facebook. What stands out about Loom is its ease of use.


  1. Sign up for a free Loom account. A step-by-step guide can be found above.
  2. Decide on the message you want to send.
  3. Practice creating Loom videos and experimenting with the different options. See the above tutorial for step-by-step instructions.
  4. Check the computer lab for availability and, if possible, schedule a class time.
  5. Make sure all students have an email address. If not help them create a Gmail. You might want to create a Loom screencast showing students how to sign up for a Gmail account and then embed it on your Web site.


  1. Have your students send you an email introducing themselves and their goals for your class. Make a digital list of your students' email addresses so they can be easily inserted.
  2. In the lab, send a video email to all students and check to see that they are able to receive and view your email.
  3. Help students that are having difficulty and resolve any technical issues.
  4. Consider sending a video email once a week, so students are used to checking their email. You can tell students what they will doing during the week, what to study, or contact students that missed class.

More Ways

  • Send a personalized video message to students welcoming them to your course or telling them about upcoming events.
  • Send a message to students who were not in class. Let students know that you missed them, what they missed in class, and what they need to know for the next class.
  • Correct student essays and personally explain suggestions for improvement. This works especially well with GoogleDocs using the editing tool. I like to make corrections to student documents using Suggesting. This way the changes are merely suggestions and students need to consider each change and decide whether to accept the change or not.
  • ESL teachers can photograph, scan or reproduce short dialogue from class and then demonstrate the correct pronunciation by reading it in a Loom video while showing the text. Students love the extra practice.
  • Create a short screencast to demonstrate how to sign up for an account such as Gmail or how to find needed information on the Internet. Your screencasts can be easily inserted into Moodle or embedded on your Web site.


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English Language Arts

  • Journalism
  • Speech
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.