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Jeffrey, @MrKrapels
High School English Teacher and Technology Mentor/Coach, Northern Valley Regional High School, New Jersey
1:1 devices, College prep classroom, Project-based classroom, Blended learning classroom, and Special education students

I was looking for a way to start creating short videos of my direct instruction so that I could flip certain lessons. However, I liked the idea of broadcasting myself along with my PowerPoint/Google Slides presentations. Many of the options I found were for pay only, but Screencastify is a Google Chrome add-on. There is a premium version, but the free version solves both the problem of recording a laptop screen along with voice and video recording of the teacher.

Product Use: I have begun using Screencastify to create short, 5-10 minute videos that I plan to post to my LMS. The videos are of material that I typically would direct instruct in front of the class, but I am looking to flip these lessons in the coming year. This way, I can maximize time with students in class.

What Worked and What Didn't: Screencastify, in terms of making videos works really well. You need to have a Google account if you want it to autosave your videos to Drive, and the free version puts a "Screencastify" watermark on your presentation, but that doesn't really bother me. It engages your laptop microphone, but I would recommend having an external mic for more clarity.

Age Group: High school students

Jul 27, 2016 Provide Feedback
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