EDTC 300,  Professional Learning

Exploring Screencastify

A Comprehensive Review and Classroom Application

In the digital learning environment, tools that facilitate content creation and sharing are invaluable. This week, I explored Screencastify, a user-friendly screencasting tool that allows you to easily create high-quality videos. This review will provide an overview of Screencastify, basic instructions for its use, and insights on how it can be integrated into the classroom to meet various levels of the SAMR model.

Overview of Screencastify

Screencastify is a Chrome extension that enables users to record, edit, and share videos directly from their browser. It is particularly useful for creating tutorials and recording presentations. This tool is designed with simplicity in mind, making it accessible to users of all skill levels.

Key Features:

  1. Easy Recording: Capture your screen, webcam, or both with a single click.
  2. Annotation Tools: Add annotations, text, and highlight mouse clicks to enhance your videos.
  3. Basic Editing: Trim, cut, and merge video clips within the Screencastify editor.
  4. Seamless Sharing: Share videos via Google Drive, YouTube, or generate a shareable link.
  5. Free and Premium Versions: The free version offers essential features with a five-minute recording limit, while the premium version provides unlimited recording and advanced editing tools.

Basic Instructions for Using Screencastify

  • Installation:
    • Visit Screencastify¬†and click “Add to Chrome” to install the extension.
    • Follow the prompts to complete the installation and grant necessary permissions.

  • Setting Up:
    • Click the Screencastify icon in the Chrome toolbar to open the setup menu.
    • Sign in with your Google account to save and share recordings directly to Google Drive.

  • Recording Your Screen:
    • Click the Screencastify icon and select your recording preferences (Browser Tab, Desktop, or Webcam).
    • Enable or disable the microphone and webcam as needed.
    • Click “Record” to start recording. You can pause and resume recording as needed.

  • Annotating Your Video:
    • During recording, use the annotation tools to draw on the screen, highlight areas, and add text.
    • Click the annotation icons to toggle these tools on and off.
  • Editing Your Recording:
    • After stopping the recording, the video will open in the Screencastify editor.
    • Use the trim and cut tools to refine your video.
    • Click “Save and Upload” to store the video in Google Drive or share it via a link.
  • Sharing Your Video:
    • From the Screencastify editor, click the share icon.
    • Choose to share via Google Drive, publish to YouTube, or generate a shareable link.
    • Adjust privacy settings to control who can view your video.

Check out How to Use Screencastify for more step-by-step information

Classroom Applications and the SAMR Model

Substitution: At the substitution level, Screencastify can replace traditional in-person demonstrations or explanations. Instead of explaining a concept on a whiteboard, teachers can create screencasts to explain the same content, providing a resource that students can revisit as needed.

Augmentation: For augmentation, Screencastify enhances traditional methods by allowing teachers to add annotations, highlight important information, and incorporate multimedia elements into their recordings. This makes explanations clearer and more engaging.

Modification: Screencastify modifies traditional assignments by enabling students to create their own screencasts. For example, students can record their presentations, conduct virtual labs, or demonstrate problem-solving processes. This encourages students to articulate their understanding and practice presentation skills.

Redefinition: At the redefinition level, Screencastify allows for the creation of entirely new tasks that were previously inconceivable. Students can collaborate on video projects, provide peer feedback through recorded comments, or create comprehensive video portfolios that showcase their learning journey. These activities leverage the power of video to create richer, more interactive learning experiences.

Ways for Using Screencastify in the Classroom

  • Use Screencastify to create lecture videos that students can watch at home, freeing up class time for interactive activities.
  • Have students create tutorial videos on topics they have mastered, reinforcing their learning and providing resources for their peers.
  • Provide personalized feedback on assignments by recording your screen and discussing student work.
  • Encourage students to create digital stories or documentaries, integrating various multimedia elements.
  • Use Screencastify to record and share professional development sessions with colleagues.

Get started with Screencastify today and bring a new dimension to your classroom!

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