Screencasting is when you or your students record, annotate, and narrate anything that can show on a computer screen. There are so many applications of this technology and you can find out more below. Overall screencasting can help us increase learner agency and engagement, and provide increased opportunities for conferencing with students about their learning.
Reasons to Try Screencasting
Our brains work better when we are told and shown rather than just reading words. Getting information in writing isn't always clear. The information from screencasts can be more comprehensible. We can use screencasts to:
pROVIDE FORMATIVE FEEDBACK
Giving students feedback via screencast can be a more compassionate, personal, and detailed than written feedback. It's also a great time saver! Simply speak over a student's document and annotate any suggested changes as you speak. Your students don't even have to create the document. Take a picture of any work they have done and annotate by video! You can also ask students to provide each other feedback via screencast.
Demonstration of uNDERSTANDING
Students can use Screencastify to explain what they know in their own words. This allows them to drill deeper to fully express their understanding and ability. Simply ask your students to record themselves working through a problem, summarizing a concept, or explaining the main points of a story.
cREATE INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS
Create instructional videos for students. Good instructional videos enable students to learn at their own pace, whenever and wherever they prefer.
It's easy to use Screencastify with Google Slides and Docs or any work. Possible student activities range from standard presentations to creative storybooks, animations, or comic strips.
Give a speech or performance
Students work with more focus when they know they're being recorded. Therefore, asking your students to record themselves giving a speech or performance before they deliver it live in front of their class is a great way to encourage practice and reduce anxiety. Sometimes it is just a great way to share their speeches and give feedback.
Give your students a document or website and ask them to record themselves reading it. This is a great way for younger students learning to read or older students learning a different language. Plus, you'll be able to listen to their pronunciation as many times as you need and can send the recordings their parents to demonstrate progress.
Tips For Making Good Videos
Planning your podcast is essential. Make sure you have outlined your ideas and have your content ready before filming. Check out THIS video and its series for some planning tip. Here are some other suggestions:
Keep it short
Any instructional video over 5 minutes will lose listeners (Feedback videos should be focused down to one minute). You or your students need to give the essentials.
Also, don't have lots of slides you or your students need to read, take this opportunity to focus on oral language.
give interactive tasks
Add tasks to break up your student just watching videos. Try:
Make videos engaging
But, don't overdue with jokes, stories, images, and flashy technology. Also, don't have a worksheet for each video. Ask your students for feedback on the effectiveness of your videos - what do they like best? least?
highlight the essential
Draw their attention. Many screencast apps allow you to point out or highlight things.
bring in other content
Use content from websites, YouTube, and articles prior, during, or after your lesson is a great way to create engagement and mix medias. Create screencasts that invite students to pause and watch a video or to read and article. This can help build in some real-world connections and break up the screencast.
show your face
Consider having the webcam on so the students see your face. It is engaging and more human.
Remember, it is less about the technical quality of the videos created and more about how they are leveraged for learning.
We use Screencastify in our district to make screen recordings. It is a Google extension and works very easy for sharing the videos between students, teachers, and families.