Showing posts with label Soapbox. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Soapbox. Show all posts

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Comparison of Screencasting Tools

Screencasting is a fast and easy way to capture what is happening on your screen along with your voice or video of you speaking. Teachers can use screencasts to create self-paced lessons for students, tutorials, and supplements to sub plans. Students can use screencasting to tell stories or demonstrate their understanding of a topic or concept. There really are no limitations on screencasting can be used in schools. 

The are quite a few screencasting apps available and sometimes it is difficult to figure out which one to use. My advice is to try out a couple of different ones to see which one you are most comfortable with. All of these are free and some allow you to access additional features for no additional cost by referring friends and colleagues. All of them work nearly the same way.

This chart compares Screencastify, Screencast-o-matic, Nimbus, Soapbox, and Loom

Click here to see a larger version of the chart.

Want more information about screencasting? Check out this post that discusses some additional apps.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Soapbox - A New Tool for Creating Screencast Videos on Chromebooks

Soapbox is a new tool from Wistia that makes it easy to create great screencast videos on a Chromebook or any computer that is using the Chrome web browser. With Soapbox installed in the Chrome web browser you can quickly record your screen and your webcam at the same time.

Soapbox is a little different from other screencast tools. The most distinguishing feature is that you can have your video transition from your screen to your webcam to a combination of the two. Soapbox includes some simple editing tools for zooming in on an area of your screen and calling attention to specific parts of your screen.

Completed Soapbox videos can be shared via email or anywhere else that you want to post a link to your video. The shortcoming of Soapbox is that you cannot download your video. It lives on Wistia's hosting service.

Applications for Education
Soapbox is another option to explore if you aren't happy with the current options for creating screencasts on Chromebooks. The editing tools make it stand out a bit from some of the other screencasting tools that work on Chromebooks. Screencasts in general are useful in helping students learn how to navigate a new web tool.

Come to the Practical Ed Tech Chromebook Camp to learn more about making videos on Chromebooks.