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Teachers, Students utilize Screencastify in the classrooms

Screencastify is an online resource in the Chrome browser that allows you to record your screen, tab, or yourself using your built-in camera.

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From left to right, Nefertiti Dukes and Nate Jones, from Screencastify, listen as John Flanagin, Dan Grunewald and Melissa Walley talk about the positive aspects of Screencastify.

Hanover Community School Corporation has had a license for about two years for Screencastify. Representatives from Screencastify came out to the schools to view their product being used with classes and by teachers for instructional purposes. Nate Jones, School Lead, and Nefertiti Dukes, EDU Innovation, both with Screencastify, spoke with the teachers in the corporation to see how it was being utilized in the schools.

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Nefertiti Dukes shows some aspects of Screencastify with Nate Jones, Melissa Walley and Dan Grunewald.

It can be used in the classroom for instructional video, narrating slideshows, explaining things to students, dubbing a video, giving a speech or performance, practicing fluency and providing feedback.

Melissa Walley, Educational Technology Specialist, uses the resource in her work at the schools.

“I feel the functionality of this is great and the kids are more willing to try and experiment with making video,” she said. “They have a lack of fear. A video is a kid’s go-to and the more kids want to use this tool for creation, the more it will become popular.

Dan Grunewald, K-12 Technology Integration Specialist, has used it in the past with his students.

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Students in Debra Meekma's Digital Citizenship class work on their Screencastify videos at Lincoln Elementary School.

“People appreciate a help video,” Grunewald said.

Chris Snedeker, high school science teacher, uses it when she creates notes for the students.

“I don’t lecture,” she said. “I create a video and attach it to a Google slideshow. I think it’s a really good tool and is easy to edit.”

Debra Meekma, Computer Coordinator, Lincoln Elementary, uses Screencastify with the students.

She taught a lesson on Digital Citizenship with third-graders on staying safe and being respectful and responsible online. She had each student, using Screencastify, make a short videoclip talking about being good online users.

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Carrie Dwyer works on Screencastify in her classroom at Hanover Central Middle School.

Carrie Dwyer, Project Lead the Way with Hanover Central Middle School, has made modules for the other teachers and how-to videos using Screencastify.

“I do 3-D modeling with the students and I can use Screencastify to make a video of it for the students,” she said.

"I'm honored that Screencastify reached out and asked to visit our school system based on our usage, said John Flanagin, Director of Technology. "This just goes to show that staff and students are moving in the right direction when it comes to digital learning."