This is the new look for what used to be Google Communities. You still have access to the communities, which is Google's version of Facebook or Instagram. You are able to post on a wall and see what others in your group are posting about.
I love this for class. I think it is a great supplement to what Google Classroom offers and is more relatable to kids. In the past, we have used this for discussion posts and giving students a platform to post about historical places they visited. I would recommend this for middle and high school teachers.
Loom is a tool similar to Screencastify, that allows you to record yourself, your screen, or both. Loom then takes the recording and allows you to organize them into folders and categories on your dashboard that has been created on their website. With options to easily share out to multiple platforms, it is more user friendly than other sites.
I am a big fan of Loom because of how user friendly it is and how it helps organize your videos, rather than only letting you download them. This was huge when doing lessons during our virtual learning environment in the spring. If we have to work remotely again in the fall, this is the site I will use to create videos.
One website that I have not hit on yet, that we use weekly in my classroom is FlipGrid. FlipGrid allows students to share short videos made on right on the site. They can add stickers and backgrounds to spice up and have fun with their videos. The newest feature is the QR code AR videos. This allows the video to essentially come off of your phone or tablet and talk to you. We were working on these prior to Spring Break. I will be eager to try that when we have students again.
I am a huge fan of FlipGrid. We use it for weekly Exit Tickets or an overview of what the students learned for the week. We use it when acting out a character in History or when teaching the class. The Topic Boards allow you to organize and control what and when things are placed in your class. This is a must in every classroom.