CLEAR Video Dropbox: A free secure video recorder for your class website


Last week, I reviewed a website for creating video based questions and answers for the classroom. This website is part of a group of online webtools from CLEAR that are fantastic for the language classroom. Today, I will look at a video dropbox that you can use for your class website where students can record videos without registration and the videos will automatically be saved in your secure teacher account. All of this is for free and unlimited. Here is how it works:

Creating a dropbox:

  1. If you haven’t done so already, go to the main CLEAR website to register. The teacher is the only person who needs to register. The students can use their own names or any designation that you have agreed upon. They do not have to give any personal information such as an email address.
  2. Once you have completed the registration process, go to the Video Dropbox website and login.
  3. Click on ‘Create a Dropbox’ and a new ‘Untitled’ dropbox will appear at the top.
  4. Click on the pencil to edit the title. Type in the title, the time limit (30 seconds is the default; max 30 minutes), and click on ‘SAVE’. Do NOT change the server code unless you know what you are doing.
  5. Click on the HTML button to get the embed code. Copy the code and click on ‘CLOSE’.
  6. Go to your website or blog to paste the HTML embed code. You can always use a registration-free site like to create a simple page for students to go to.

Students – Recording:

  1. Students go to the webpage and type in their name before clicking on ‘Begin’.
  2. Click on ‘Allow’ to give the website access to the microphone and webcam for recording.
  3. You will see a preview image. Click on the red record button to start recording. Click on the black stop button to stop recording. Click on the green play button to make sure it recorded properly. Click on the black ‘X’ to delete the video recording.
  4. Click on the checkmark button to save the video to the teacher’s dropbox.

Watching and downloading the videos:

  1. Go to the CLEAR Video Dropbox website and login.
  2. Click on the eye symbol next to the dropbox name you want to look at.
  3. A series of names of those who have recorded videos will appear. Click on the ‘Click here to play’ link under each student’s name to watch their video online. The video will appear below. Click on the play button to start the video.
  4. If you would like to download the video, click on the ‘DOWNLOAD’ link to go to the download site.
  5. On a Windows or Mac, right-click on the ‘DOWNLOAD’ link to choose to save the file to your computer.
  6. Click on ‘CLOSE THIS WINDOW’ to finish.

There is a lot of potential here for schools where privacy is critical. This also gives video recording to your blog or website that is free to use.

How do you use video in the classroom? Do you see how this might be helpful for your students? Share your ideas in the comment field below, send me a Tweet at @nathanghall, or email me using the contact form on this website. Thank you.


3 thoughts on “CLEAR Video Dropbox: A free secure video recorder for your class website

  1. Tried it and loved it! It was very easy to use so thanks for the manual :)Thinking about how it could be used. Here are just 2 examples: – students can record conversations in foreign languages, in this way, teachers can listen to all the students’ conversations.- The teacher can post a picture and "Clear video" side by side. Students can then analyze images and describe what they see.- Put upp questions to a text, analyze a text, read a text etcetera…What I liked the most was the simplicity and the possibility of gathering all videos to a specific topic. A nice documentation!You wrote about the privacy: How do I know that no one can see the videos that my students record?/Magnus Brungs

  2. Thank you very much for the comment and the ideas, Magnus. I am glad you found it useful. I love the idea of the picture and analysis by the student.In regards to the privacy issue, the video is only accessible by the teacher. The teacher must log in to CLEAR and is the only person who can download and view the videos. It is as secure as your login password.Thank you for reading and commenting. I always appreciate the feedback!

  3. It’s always nice with some feedback and I’m glad you liked the idea with the picture :)Sounds great regarding the privacy! One other thing that I like about CLEAR is that the student don’t have to log in which makes it easily accessible.Once again, thanks for charing!/Magnus Brungs

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