How to create a CPD video using screen sharing tech like Loom

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The way we consume CPD, communicate concepts and share knowledge has radically changed of late. While teachers are working remotely, content delivered through screen shares, videos and webinars has been crucial in keeping teachers connected, to their profession, and to their students.

The ability to record and share teacher CPD, teachable moments, or demonstrations of a complicated process, can save time and help the learning process. There is a wide range of platforms available to help with this, and many ways of doing it, so there is no right or wrong way. However, we have been using Loom to deliver our teaglo Spotlight series of free teacher CPD videos, so we’ve put together a simple step by step guide for teachers who want to create their own screen sharing videos using Loom.

How to use Loom to record your own instructional or CPD video

What you’ll need:

  • A laptop or desktop computer, with integrated mic and camera
  • Google Chrome browser installed
  • Your idea or CPD topic. You could talk through one of your written blogs, summarise a book you have read or written, recap on a talk you have given or attended at an education conference.
  • A powerpoint presentation, containing your subject matter content, open and ready to go. This is a great way to provide structure to your video, and take any stress out of live recording. It’s also an easy way to ensure you don’t forget to cover any key information that would require you to re-record from scratch. (We’ve made our teaglo Spotlight Series powerpoint presentation freely available to teachers for use as a template here.)

Record your CPD video in 7 easy steps

Ready? Here we go.

  1. Open Google Chrome and install the Loom Google Chrome Extension
  2. Once installed, click on Loom in the top right of your screen to set the options for your screen recording. For example, if you’d like a little video of you presenting to appear throughout the video, select ‘screen+cam’, but if you are camera shy, there is a ‘screen only’ option.
  3. Click ‘Start Recording’
  4. Choose whether to record your entire screen or a particular tab, then click ‘Share’
  5. Open the powerpoint presentation you prepared earlier
  6. Talk through your slides
  7. When finished, click ‘Stop sharing’ and hey presto, your video is available to download and save your video or share it easily with a link.

3 quick tips for a hassle free, sharp and engaging CPD video presentation

  1. Practice talking through your slides a couple of times before recording, for a more polished delivery
  2. Keep slides clean and uncluttered, with plenty of white space – don’t try to squeeze too much information in
  3. Fonts should be at least size 40 otherwise it can be hard to read. Use just 1 or maximum 2 sans serif fonts to avoid fuzzy words on screen

How to use Loom – Video tutorial

We hope you find this guide easy to follow and that it makes creating your own CPD videos a little easier.

We are building a library of CPD videos that teachers around the world can access for free and we want as many educators and topics featured as possible. Get in touch if you’d like to share your video with 1000s of teachers around the world on teaglo Resources.

Optional Resources:
• blank teaglo PowerPoint template for you to fill with your own content – free download
• teaglo Spotlight Series CPD video: Vocabulary Instruction – Words as Concepts

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