How I use Screencastify to create demos for teachers and students, and a life update

Hello there!

I feel like it has been forever since I wrote a blog post, but it's really only been a little over a week! This project has been so much fun, and I've had a blast this summer building up my website and my blog. On August 19th I go back to work, so my next challenge will be balancing full-time teaching and creating blog posts and videos! For now, let's look at Screencastify and I'll share with you some of the ways that I use it (all of the GIFs and videos in this post are dome on Screencastify).


 

First of all, I love the simplicity and user-friendliness of Screencastify. As someone who had never done any screen recording, this was really easy to start using right away when I needed it. All I had to do was install the extension and I could start recording right away.


After you stop recording, it will automatically open a new browser tab and take you to the editor. From there, you can choose where your video is stored, how you want to share it, and how you want to download it (if you need to). I export most of my videos as GIFs so that they automatically loop on a presentation, and save my original videos to Google Drive.



One of the ways I share my videos most often is through Google Classroom. I can create a video and drop it right into the class I want quickly.



If you ever get stuck trying to figure out screencastify, check out their Beginner's Guide on the Screencastify Blog.



 

Now... how do I use it?


Have you ever found yourself trying to explain how to do something to someone, and no matter how you phrase it in an email or on the phone, etc., you're still struggling to help that person understand?


Enter Screencastify.


When working with teachers and other adults, I use screencastify to quickly show them what I'm talking about. This is GREAT for visual learners (like me), who need to see what you're talking about to understand how to do it themselves. I use it to do walk-throughs of websites and teaching tools like FlipGrid and Nearpod. In most instances, I use it to create step-by-step tutorials (like the ones in this post)!

Most of my videos do not have sound, since I am usually presenting them in real-time and can explain what is going on. However, if I am creating a video for people to watch later, I will use my webcam and/or microphone to narrate what I am doing.


Cool. How can I use it with students?


This is the fun part! With many teachers going to distance learning this fall, you can use screencastify to do so much!


  1. Create a tour of your virtual classroom- Since your students won't be physically in your classroom to take a tour, show them your virtual classroom! If you're using Google Classroom, make a video showing where to find announcements, classwork, etc. If you are using Schoology or another similar LMS, make a screencastify video of your course page, and show students each section and what they can find there.

  2. Give Feedback to students- Do you want to provide real-time feedback to students on their work? You can use Screencastify to record yourself going through a student's work and commenting as you go. You could also use the "webcam only" option on the Screencastify extension to record just yourself giving feedback.

  3. Introduce/teach a lesson- If you want students to be introduced to a lesson or concept beforehand, try recording yourself introducing it! Maybe you have some visuals on your computer you'd like to use while introducing that lesson, and you want the students to see your face as well as the material while they're watching.

Need some more help?

Here are some great instructional videos!





Happy screencastifying!




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