Screen Recordings to Show Understanding

This post was originally published on the Innovative Education blog at innovativeed.ca on March 8, 2018.

Screen recordings are a great way to show others how to do something. If you’ve ever searched YouTube to learn how to do something, you’ll know how beneficial it is to watch a video of someone showing their knowledge on a topic. Bringing this practice into your classroom can be a powerful way for students to show their understanding of a skill as well!

Screencastify is a screen recording tool that allows for screen recording that’s available to all students and teachers through Google Chrome. Screencastify can be launched by clicking the “film strip” icon in the Chrome menu:

An example of where you might bring Screencastify into your classroom is in math. It can be a great way for students to show their understanding of how to use a virtual manipulative or math tool. As an added benefit, it allows students to practice communication of mathematical ideas and understanding orally and visually, and also adds purpose and accountability to exploring a manipulative or tool.

Bringing this practice into your classroom can be a powerful way for students to show their understanding of a skill as well!

The Mathies website (www.mathies.ca) offers a wide range of games, learning tools, and activities linked to the Ontario math curriculum. A student could be asked to explore one of the interactive resources on the Mathies website, and then tasked with creating a screen recording using Screencastify to show what they’ve learned from using the tool. Screencastify provides lots of ways to capture student thinking, including recording the user’s browser tab, voice and webcam; as well as the option to annotate with virtual drawing tools and mouse clicks.

Here’s a short demo video of my understanding of linear growing patterns using the Robot Rule Game on the Mathies website:

An added benefit from using Screencastify is that it can be set to save recordings to Google Drive. This allows for easy submission of screen recordings to Google Classroom, D2L or Moodle.

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