1:1 Ready: Use Screencastify and Flip

Have you heard of Screencastify? It's a simple app that allows you to flip your classroom! Technology has made it super easy for teachers to deliver content outside of the classroom, which is one use for Screencastify. However, you can also use during station rotations. The possibilities are endless!
This summer, I'm getting 1:1 ready with simple tips, tricks, and discoveries for the blended classroom. We return in the fall (well, summer, really--90+ degree August hardly qualifies as fall) to a shiny Chromebook in each student's hand and a skeptical furrow on each teacher's brow.

My goal is to make the impending transition as painless as possible by being 1:1 ready. So far, I've been looking at the possibilities of using Google Forms to enrich student assessment and to make our lives as teachers simpler.

This week I want to look at using an absolutely free Google extension to flip your class. So let's see how to...

Use Screencastify and Flip!

Technology enables teachers to stand the traditional classroom on its head. There is no longer a need to spend an entire class delivering content to students. Instead, we can flip our classrooms, or deliver content to students outside of class. That frees up class time for projects, remediation, and extension.

If your students don't have access to technology at home, or if flipping just doesn't work for you, then try using Screencastify to create content stations for a station rotation model. Have one station for content delivery, one station for extension, and one station for remediation/enrichment. Honestly, this is probably the way I'll use Screencastify most of the time.

I prefer it to any of the other screencast tools I've tried because it's incredibly simple, and you don't need to download any other programs to use it.

Below I made an infographic and, of course, a screen cast with Screencastify demonstrating how to get started.

Have you heard of Screencastify? It's a simple app that allows you to flip your classroom! Technology has made it super easy for teachers to deliver content outside of the classroom, which is one use for Screencastify. However, you can also use during station rotations. The possibilities are endless!




Have you used Screencastify, or do you think you will? Leave a comment below, and let me know!



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5 comments

  1. I was happy to find a link to your blog on Pinterest. I've been interested in flipping my classroom for a while. As you suggested, the biggest hurdle I've found is that not all my students have reliable access to the internet. The other trouble is that they still associate the internet only with fun, so that they do not always take online assignments as seriously. You mentioned having station rotations, which is something I am definitely going to try. I've also found it useful to create an instructional video (usually on a grammar topic) that students then use to complete an activity in class. The video then acts as support that they can review as needed. I simply walk around the classroom monitoring and giving additional support as necessary. So far I've used Knovio, Movenote, and recently ScreenCast-o-Matic. I'll definitely check out Screencastify as well. Thanks for the how-to instructions.

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  4. I'm looking for extensions and apps in google chrome that will help me flip my classroom this year. Thanks for sharing this. I've been warned that pre-ap and app classes do well in a flipped classroom. I'm thinking the rest of my classes would benefit from using the videos in a station rotation model. Definitely something to think about. Thanks for the info.

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