Screencasts are a great tool for creating your own videos that students can return to as often as they like, replay, pause and repeat to help build their understanding on how to do a given task. Even better, you can then share your videos with other educators so that you don’t have to keep reinventing the wheel. There are many screencasting tools out there, but Screencastify is a great free tool for those just entering the world of the screencast. It is simple to use and they provide a quick and helpful tutorial the first time you log in.
Below are two videos I made for my students next year on how to get started using Flip Grid. The first shows my more detailed explanation that includes my video feed as I talk students through the process, the second is a shorter version without sound that students could use as a quick reminder. My goal in making these videos is for students to be able to use their Chromebooks in a Flip Grid station, potentially with a mike and headphones, to record, post, watch, and reply to others videos on a variety of classroom discussion topics.
As you can see, I’m still getting used to this technology and will need some practice. Here are some other educators whose videos might prove useful to your classroom.
This screencast about the 3 Types of Fractions posted on youtube by Jonathan Carpenter is one that I hope to use next year as a resource for my math lessons. This video could be a great review for students who have not mastered these fraction types and are still learning to convert between them. Having an in-class lesson followed by individual practice in which students had access to this video as a reminder could help those who need repetition or may benefit from hearing another educators explanation.
Another screencast that I may make use of was posted by Mark Repp on Peer Editing within Google Classroom. Recently I’ve been trying to look into what ways I can use Chromebooks next term to enhance learning and reduce the amount of physical paper that gets used. Getting students to use google docs and share their work directly with their partners without needing to print it out could be huge. I also appreciated that in the video it showed the settings for sharing and what they should allow. Having the process spelled out from beginning to end might help avoid issues in which students try to edit anothers original document.