As you enter room 117, you are immediately taken back by all the conversations going on in the room. But as you narrow in on one voice, you then begin to realize you have entered a classroom of 20 mini teachers. If you venture in closer you will see that each student is creating their own flipped video of their assignment and might even be a cameo if you get too close! This month’s featured Tech Classroom at SFA goes to Miss Ebach’s 4th grade class.
Miss Ebach’s favorite tech tool to use this year with her students is Screencastify. Screencastify is an extension that can be downloaded in the Chrome store. Once it is added to their Chrome account, it will be accessible on their Chromebooks. Screencastify is a simple video screen capture software for Chrome. Just press record and the content of your tab, webcam or desktop is recorded. The best part is you can setup the program to automatically save videos in a folder titled Screencastify in your Google Drive. From here students are able to share their video through Google Drive’s sharing features. When asked how has Screencastify changed her classroom this year, Miss Ebach stated “It has taken projects to the next level. They can record themselves more in detail by narrating their Google Slides with Screencastify. It also gives them an opportunity to preview their video and improve if needed.”.
Several of the students in Miss Ebach’s class were interviewed about Screencastify. Here is what they had to say:
“You can see yourself while you record. What is cool is that you can also pause it.” ~ Makenzie M
“It’s awesome because when you record on an iPad or phone you cannot see yourself while you are recording. Screencastify let’s you view yourself in a little window while you record. ~ Lacy S.
“It makes it a lot easier to explain projects when you record videos.” ~ Major E.
“I think it is cool because it saves on your Drive and makes it easy to share.” ~ Navi V.
“You get to say anything you want and make your own movie. Makes me feel better of just taking a picture of something. Making a video makes things more interactive.” ~ Nathan A.