Free technology for teachers: Screencasting on Chromebooks

Last week Google launched a new screencasting tool for the Chromebook. As well as being a built-in part of Chrome OS, the screencasting tool has some great features for teachers and students. These features include the ease of creating automated transcripts and sharing with students and peers. So it may make you wonder why you want to use something else to create a screencast on your Chromebook Here’s a brief overview of some of the tools for creating screencasts on your Chromebook. Chrome OS built-in recorder

The obvious advantage of using the built-in recorder is that you do not have any third party extensions installed. Additionally, your recordings are automatically saved to your Google Drive. And since the video is stored in your Google Account, it’s incredibly easy to share your video with your students. The best thing about the built-in Chrome OS screencasting tool is that your video is automatically copied to you and your students can translate that copy into the language of their choice.

Disadvantages of Chrome OS Screencast Recorder are limited drawing tools and limited editing tools. It will probably get better over time, but at the moment it doesn’t have as many drawing and editing options as other screencasting tools like Screencasting and Loom.


ScreencastFi was one of the first screencasting tools designed specifically for Chromebooks (it should be noted that it can work on any computer running the Chrome web browser). Over the years it has improved by leaps and bounds. Today, Screencastify offers more than just a tool to record a video on your screen. It offers a complete video editing platform.

Screencastify lets you record your screen, use a variety of drawing and zoom tools, and edit your recordings in your web browser. Recordings can be automatically saved to your Google Drive account, downloaded as MP4 files, and shared with other services, including Google Classroom, YouTube, and EDpuzzle.


Like Screencastify, Loom lets you download your recordings and share your videos in a variety of places, including YouTube.


Although it is known for this, FlipGrid offers a convenient screencast recording tool. It does not include the ability to draw on screen while recording, but it is easy to use and easy to share your recordings with your students. You can also combine a screencast with a simple webcam video or whiteboard video made in FlipGrid. If you want to know more about other uses of Flipgrid, check out this playlist of videos.

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