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Kasey has been keeping a secret!
She’s had early access to Google’s brand new Screencast app for Chromebooks.
In this episode, Kasey is giving you all the details and her thoughts on this new tool for the classroom.
Plus, she’ll be sharing 20 Ways to Use Screencasting in the Classroom!
Screencasting is a powerful tool in the teacher’s pocket. There are so many ways to use it in the classroom and to improve learning.
20 Ways to Use Screencasting in the Classroom
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What is screencasting?
It’s recording the computer screen. If you’ve ever watched any of the quick tip videos these are all made through screencasting tools.
There are several great tools available!
Screencastify is one of the more simple screencasting tools that Kasey has shared. For a more robust video editing tool, ScreenFlow is the tool Kasey uses for her own YouTube channel videos.
Screencast for Chromebooks (New App from Google)
The new Chrome OS application by Google is called Screencast (Available for all Chromebooks running ChromeOS v. 103+ and scheduled for release in late June 2022).
The layout is very simple and clean. The features are also simple; no major bells and whistles to use.
This app allows you to record the computer screen and utilize the camera to record your face in a small square at the bottom of the screen.
It’s possible to record the full screen, part of the screen, or a specific window. You can also annotate with a pen tool while recording!
The audio and camera can be customized in case it’s necessary to use an external microphone or webcam.
Each recording also downloads automatically to your Google Drive.
The simplicity of this app allows teachers and students to quickly learn the tool’s features and use it immediately.
One of the drawbacks that Kasey found while using this tool was how long the processing took to download the video.
Kasey also discovered that with each new recording the settings default back to the original. For example, if recording just the screen rather than having the camera turned on that setting will default to the camera being on.
Inside the Screencast app choose Projector Recordings to begin a new recording session. Like most recording tools you’ll get a three-second countdown and an indicator will appear in the bottom right corner. There is also a pen tool to annotate the recording.
Of course, this is a brand new tool and it’s likely that Google will continue to provide updates and improvements.
20 Ways to Use Screencasting in the Classroom
1. Record a Lesson
Students can always benefit from asynchronous learning; it’s not just a remote teaching strategy. When students have a video recording of a lesson they can pause, rewind, and rewatch for clarification as often as necessary. Recording a lesson essentially clones you to free yourself up for other instructional needs. It’s also reusable!
Asking students to reflect on their learning is a great way to gain insight into how well students understood the material. As students reflect on their work they can also share improvements and self-evaluation for future assignments.
3. Voiceover Presentation
While it’s possible to add audio to a presentation, that audio will only record within each slide. Using the Screencasting tool will allow the presenter to speak through the entire slide presentation. Allowing students to present through recording can help free up classroom time rather than having each student share.
4. Explain a Process/Learning/Problem and Solution
Math teachers may find this helpful for going over difficult concepts. This could also work well for students sharing how they solved a problem. Of course, other subjects may also find sharing processes relate to their material as well. Science experiments and the results, especially when students may need to explain collected data.
5. Voiceover Portfolios
Portfolios are a digital collection of student work throughout a period of time. Mike Mohammad shared on episode 91 how he uses Google Sites for this assignment. Combining the portfolio and screencasting would allow students to give an audio commentary on their work. They could share where they see growth in their work and discuss future improvements. A wonderful tool to reflect on the work they have compiled. Kasey points out that reflection can be done at multiple milestones throughout the school year rather than making it an end-of-the-year only opportunity.
6. Teach Others
A dynamic teaching strategy to help students break down complex concepts is to have them teach them to younger students. When students are able to teach the concept to others they have a firm grasp of the skill. This was an idea shared by Mike Mohammed who asked his physics students to teach kindergarteners physics at their level. The high school students created storybooks to do this which could be read through the Screencasting app.
Another way for students to teach or share with other students is to have students create videos to help future students. The teacher doesn’t need to be the one creating every tutorial. Allow students to create tutorial videos as well.
7. End of the Year Memories
Many teachers choose to compile a slideshow of photos to share with students at th end of the school year. Screencasting would allow teachers and students to include a special story or memory to go along with the photos.
8. SEL Check-ins
One way for students to share how their feeling could be to record themselves sharing more about an answered SEL check-in question. Younger students might enjoy making their own faces to describe how they are feeling rather than choosing an emoji. Another option is to change how teachers check in with their students.
9. Goal Setting
Kasey is a firm believer in students setting goals. She shares a few different ways to do this in her Shake Up Learning books. One idea shared is