Add-Ons & Extensions, GSuite, Technology


Screencastify is a video screen capture extension for Chrome.  It is able to record all screen activity within a tab or desktop, including audio.  It also has the ability to use your webcam to record videos via the webcam on your computer.
I have been using Screencastify throughout the last couple of years for two main reasons: 1.) Video tutorials for staff members and 2.) Lessons and tutorials for students.  Throughout the last year, I have flipped my classroom so that the students complete their notes at home.  Screencastify has been one piece that has allowed me to flip my classroom.  Through the use of Screencastify, Google Slides, and EdPuzzle, I have been able to successfully flip my classroom and add more time into class for practice, activities, and projects.

Installing the Extension

To install the screencastify extension, complete the following steps:

  1. Go to the Chrome Web Store and type in “Screencastify” or click HERE.
  2. Click “Add to Chrome”.
  3. Check that Screencastify has successfully installed at the top right of your Chrome browser.

Record by Tab & Desktop

The record by tab option allows you to record the tab that was initially visible in Google Chrome.  When recording by tab, you will only be able to record the tab that was originally open when you began recording.  The record by desktop option allows you to record your entire desktop.  When recording by desktop, you will be able to record anything that you do on your computer, including switching tabs and applications.

To record a tab or desktop screen, complete the following steps:

  1. Select the screencastify extension.
  2. Choose “Tab”.
  3. Check that “Microphone” and “Tab Audio” is selected.
  4. Choose “Record Tab” or “Record Desktop”.

Record by Cam

The record by cam option allows you to use the webcam and record yourself.  When recording by cam, the webcam will turn on and begin recording.

To record by using your webcam, complete the following steps:

  1. Select the screencastify extension.
  2. Choose “Cam”.
  3. Check that “Microphone” is selected.
  4. Choose “Record Webcam”.

Accessing Recordings

All recordings from Screencastify can be accessed on your Google Drive.  To access these files, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your Google Drive.
  2. Find the “Screencastify” folder.
  3. Find your recording.

That’s it!

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