With Screencastify's new plan, many people have reached out asking for alternatives.
Please note Screencastify does allow 10 videos for free that are still stored in your Google Drive. However, if you delete in Screencastify, it deletes the same video in your Google Drive account.
You can go in to your Drive account and make a copy of videos you want to keep and then delete in Screencastify.
While there are many alternatives to Screencastify, the most robust one is Loom. The free version of Loom allows up to 25 videos and 5 minutes in length. However, Loom for Education allows unlimited videos and up to 40 minutes in length. To sign up for an education account - click here.
Again, if you are an educator, make sure to fill out the Google Form and within 2 days you will be upgraded to an education account (I had a friend who filled out the form and within 2 hours was upgraded).
In the next post I will share how to record with Loom and a few tips and tricks.
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 56 second YouTube tutorial followed by a 2 minute and 8 second tutorial showing how to make your first recording.
In order to get started make sure you have Classrooms enabled by clicking on the three dots in the upper right of the home screen, choose account settings, and make sure to place a check next to Education Account.
You will now see Classrooms and make sure to select Create Classroom
Create your classroom by choosing Google Classroom, Microsoft, or Clever. Also, check the features you would like enabled and then choose create.
Students now have an account and can log on to Wakelet.com and choose Log in. In the example in the video I used Google.
Students can now create their own Collections, Bookmarks, and join Group Collections. (as you see below).
If a student does start their own collection and then wants to work with another student (or students) - you as the teacher need to go into the Classrooms page on Wakelet, choose the student's name in the class and then share the collection and choose to invite collaborators. Seer image below.
A reminder that collections created by students CAN NOT be shared publicly.
This can be a touch frustrating - especially if you want families to see their child's work. However, there is a solution.
The solution to being able to share work created by students would be to log on to your Wakelet account and create a collection. Example - Sydney's 2022 Portfolio.
You will then need to select share and choose how you would like to share the collection with the student (you can see the options below). Personally, I really like to send by code or send the link directly to the student in Google Classroom.
Now, the student can create their portfolio and you have the options to share the collection with others.
Embedded below are two videos.
The first one (2:12) takes you through the steps from a teacher's point-of-view on how to get started with Classrooms in Wakelet.
The second one (2:18) takes you through the steps from a student's point-of-view on how to create a collection, bookmarks, and how you as the teacher can share a collection with another student to work in a group collection.