Screencastify is a video screen capture extension that is added to Chrome. This tool will record the content of the user’s tab, webcam, or desktop. Videos can be downloaded, saved on Google Drive, or shared on YouTube. This application does not depend on any plugins (ex. Java or Flash) and runs on all operating systems (ex. Linux, Windows, OS X) and Chromebooks.
Screencastify can be used in many different ways. It can be used in a face-to-face classroom, a blended classroom, and virtual classroom.
Create Instructional Videos for Classroom (General)
Use Screencasify to make videos for classroom instruction. These videos can re-explain a difficult concept, provide support for students who were absent from class, provide extra instruction for homework help, or provide instruction in a split class.
Provide Detailed Video Feedback (General)
Use this tool to provide detailed video feedback on assignments for all grade levels. Instructors can go through assignments in detail and point out areas of achievement or concern. This kind of feedback would be useful in the classroom and also in the virtual classroom.
Create Instructional Videos for eLearning (9-12, Higher Ed.)
Screencastify can be used to provide video instruction for eLearning. Using this tool in a virtual learning environment will give learning a human touch. Students who require extra support would benefit from visual explanations. A visual display of how to navigate would help those who struggle feel more confident.
Cost and Alternatives
- You can use Screencastify Lite for free
- Record up to 10 minutes per video
- Screencastify logo embedded in recordings
- One-time fee of 20€ (~$30 CA)
- Unlimited recording on all devices signed into with Google Account
- Simple Video Cropping
- No branding
Snagit – Create and markup screen captures.
Jing – Free screencasting application for short videos.