3 Excellent Google Drive Screen Recorders for Teachers

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Here are 3 excellent tools you can use to record your screen and share your screencasts with others. The great thing about these tools is that they are integrated with Google Drive meaning your screen recordings are saved to your Drive where you can access and share them anytime you want. Hippo Video even allows you to create videos directly from your Google Docs, Slides, Classroom and Gmail. As you know,  screen recorders are powerful educational tools that help you create tutorials, explainer videos, and step-by step guides to include in your instruction. Similarly, students can use them in their classroom projects to record and share a variety of audio-visual materials. The tools we have selected for you today are simple, easy and student friendly. We have tried them multiple times and we can attest to their efficacy. Although we have a special liking for Screencastify as it offers way more awesome features but still Hippo and Loom are two good options to try out.

1- Screencastify

Screencastify is probably one the best screen recorders out there. It offers a host of great features some of which are available only for premium users. Here is a quick run-down of what you can do with Screencastify:

  • 'Desktop, browser tab or webcam capture
  • Narrate with your microphone’s audio
  • Customize your resolution and FPS
  • Embed your webcam into the screencast
  • Annotate your screen with a pen tool
  • Focus a spotlight on your mouse
  • Crop your recording (Premium)
  • Trim your recording (Premium)
  • Videos automatically save to Google Drive
  • Publish directly to YouTube
  • Save and manage videos locally
  • Export as .mp4 or animated gif (Premium)'

Watch this video to learn more about Screencastify.

2- Hippo Video

‘With Hippo Video you can easily record, edit, share. It is free webcam recorder. You can record your webcam or screen capture  or choose to record both webcam and screen simultaneously at the click of a button. Some of its features include:

  • Collaborate and create videos with your students/team without any hassle. 
  • Track the engagement of your video, see how well it is performing.
  • Edit your video with edit options like trim, crop, add callouts, emojis and tags. 
  • Focus, highlight and mark any part of the video in screen recorder.
  • Add audio to your video.
  • Stitch your videos as a part of the advance edit option. 
  • Import videos and edit them. It is a youtube editor alternative
  • Add introduction or end cards to the videos. 
  • Protect your video with a password.
  • Set an expiry date for the shared video link. 
  • Upload the created videos to Youtube, Vimeo, Google Drive. ’

Watch this video to learn more about Hippo Video

2- Loom

‘Loom is an excellent web tool for creating quick video tutorials to share with your students or colleagues. The tool is very simple and easy to use, and most importantly, it is integrated with several services including Gmail, Google Docs, Dropbox, Trello, Asana and many more. This means that any video you record can be watched directly where it is shared. ‘Posting a Loom video link on the supported services will automatically pull in the Loom embed player. This allows you to watch a video inline so you don't have to leave the context of the conversation. To start recording a video, you need to install Loom extension. Once installed, click on its icon and log in. Next, adjust recording settings: you can specify whether you want to capture current tab, entire desktop or camera only. You can also choose whether to use audio or camera in your recording. Once done, you then process to recording. Watch the video below to learn more about how to use Loom. And yes, Loom is completely free of charge.’

Watch this video to learn more about Loom