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If you’ve ever watched a how-to video to learn how to use a tech tool, you’ve probably watched a ‘screencast.’ Screencasts are recordings of your computer screen, including your narration. Screencastify is a free, simple Screencasting tool that you and your students can use to record your screen, your voice, and/or your webcam on a Chromebook or a Mac.

Screencastify instantly stores your recordings in your Google Drive, and with one click, you have a link that you can share in Schoology or elsewhere. It also has drawing tools and other features to emphasize important parts of your screen.

I ask teachers in my online PD courses to create a screencast to show what they learned, and they consistently tell me that learning to screencast is one of the most valuable parts of the course.

Teachers can create screencasts to Show students step-by-step instructions for an important online taskRead a passage to students for differentiationFlip your classroom by recording mini-lessons students watc…

Schoology’s Audio/Video Tool

Looking for an easy way for students to practice listening and speaking skills? Need help differentiating for students who need things read to them? Or do you need a simple tool that students can use to record audio or video for a project? Schoology has an audio/video recorder built into almost every part of the platform: you can use in tests and quizzes, assignments, discussions, and elsewhere.
Many of our ELD and World Language teachers are already using Schoology’s audio/video recorder in innovative ways. Here’s a video of John Mount (ELD teacher at GSHS) showing how he helps newcomer ELD students build their listening and speaking skills.

Click here for a how-to video about Schoology’s audio/video tool, or email Ben Bohmfalk for help getting started. ELD teachers have headsets to reduce background noise while using this tool, and most middle and high school students’ earbuds from their phones will accomplish the same goal when plugged into their Chromebooks.

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