Monday, November 23, 2015

Flipping for Screencasting!

Hi Friends,
    I'm back to tell you about another fabulous tech tool that I was introduced to at the Summer Institute of Digital Literacy.  It's called Screencastify and it's so much fun to use!

     As students of the Institute, we had to put our project reflection into a screencast.  We were given a quick tutorial and sent on our merry way.  The shocking part is that we were actually successful!  At first, I thought we were going to fail the assignment but Screencastify is VERY user-friendly.  In fact, check out my screencast on screencasting by clicking on the presentation below.

   Why should you start screencasting?  It's the perfect tool to flip your classroom.  Imagine the possibilities when you give your students the tools they need to reteach themselves when concepts may be difficult or the ease of which an absent student can get caught up on missed concepts.  For these reasons, and so many more, it is definitely worth your time to start making your own screencasts.

    Why Screencastify?  Screencastify is a free chrome extension that lives to the right of your omnibox (URL box).  The paid version removes the watermark and allows for videos longer than 10 minutes.  I was very happy with the free version for a couple of reasons.  First, I know that I quickly lose interest when watching tutorials that are way too long.  So when I''m making videos for my students, I keep them short and sweet.  I've read several times that video tutorials should be less than two minutes with under a minute being the ideal length.  Trying to keep to that rule of thumb has really improved my screencasting skills.  Second, I didn't mind the Screencastify watermark on my videos.  In fact, it motivated my students to go to the website and create their own screencasts!

     I did, however, feel the need to upgrade when I became a technology coach.  I did not want the watermark on all of my screencasts which were now being created for my colleagues.  And I was worried that I would need more than 10 minutes for a video length.  I was definitely wrong on the length so I basically upgraded to remove a watermark...oh well.  :)

    A big part of my life now is professional development and training.  This is both terrifying and exciting at the same time.  I LOVE it!  Click on the presentation below for more information on screencasting.  More importantly, have fun with it!