Screencasting is a digital capture of the actions taking place on a computer (screen).

This is often accompanied by a narration that guides the viewer.

Screencastify logo

A Chrome Browser Extension. It is free and allows you to easily record your computer screen and narrations then upload the recording to Google Drive or YouTube.

Nimbus logo

A Chrome Browser Extension. It is free and allows you to easily take and annotate screenshot and record your computer screen and narrations then upload the recording to Google Drive.

Wevideo logo

An online video editor that has a built in screen recording tool. Special feature = ability to add photos, videos, text and more to your screencast.

Image of an Ipevo Document camera

Screencastify w/ non-ELMO Doc Camera

1. Plug in camera. Stage whatever to be under camera.

2. Open browser, then screencastify.

3. Select "webcam only." Then, toggle to correct camera. Select Internal Microphone.

4. Complete recording.

Making It Happen In The Classroom

Teacher Preparation

  1. What is the purpose of the screencast?

  2. How will students access the screencast? Posted on ...

    • Schoology, class website, instructions page (Google Doc), YouTube playlist, etc.

  3. Plan your screencast. "See Tips For A Successful Screencast" below

  4. Choose your Screencasting tool.

  5. Record.

  6. Save your screencast in Google Drive or YouTube

  7. Post for students to access.


  • “Set List”: Give yourself a visual of what you need to accomplish!

  • Practice! You probably won't get it right on the first try - that's ok!

  • Organize: Have added materials arranged in the order you want & within reach.

  • Purposeful Bookends: Let the viewer know what will be accomplished. Give a final thought to wrap up.

  • Effective Pause: Tell them to stop and get caught up!

  • Less is More: Three good 1-2 minute screencasts for 3 different skills better than one 5-minute screencast with several different “thoughts”

  • Start Small & Safety In Numbers: Develop some simple screencasts. What works and doesn’t? Refine and continue as year progresses. And, divvy up the work! It’s shareable!

Types of Screencasts

Content Delivery

Teacher provides organized resources and recordings of class content to be viewed or listened to at home.

  • Creating content that is accessible at any time that can be paused and rewound.

  • Students and parents can then access classroom content and go over it at their pace and on their schedule.

Academic Skill Development

Essential academic skills that students need to master.

  • It could be how to approach a specific type of math problem or how to write a thesis statement or how to draw using a certain technique

  • Students can access these skills at later points in the class, at home or in class.

  • Example: Using Docucam for Math Tutorials

Technical Skill Development

When you are regularly using technology tools (web-based tools, computer applications, or device apps), some students may need extra AND repeatable guidance.

Demonstration of Learning

  • Big Idea: How can students create a screencast that demonstrates learning, deepens learning or creates new learning?

Example: Student reflecting on an Assignment