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Feb 16, 2022

5 Tips for Using Video in Your Classroom Right Now

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Without question, implementing video in the classroom is a great way to improve achievement. Videos allow students to access content when they need it (at home, before an assessment, or any other time). Plus, students can pause and replay instruction to meet their individual needs. 

Yet, starting to implement video in your classroom can be a difficult endeavor. What program should you use? What type of videos should you create for your students? And how will they view them?

Luckily, we’ve got easy answers! Use Screencastify for a quick, easy experience that takes care of both recording and sharing videos. And below, we’ve included a few quick ways to start using video in your classroom. 

Record directions 🗺

There are few things that are universal. But continuously repeating directions may be a universal experience for teachers. To save yourself some time, try recording directions with Screencastify. 

Need students to do something with a physical object (like a piece of paper or manipulative)? Record your webcam and show them exactly what they’ll need to do. 

Having students utilize a digital resource? Record your browser tab or desktop to show them exactly what they’ll need to do. They’ll be able to follow along click by click. 

Since your directions will be available on-demand, students can pause, rewatch, and replay as many times as they’d like. You can even send the video to parents to give them a valuable resource to help their kiddos at home.

Related: Learn how video puts teachers in the 'Director's Chair' on this episode of EdTech Heroes!👇

Quick instructional videos ⚡️

Creating quick instructional videos is great for all students. Asynchronous video allows students to internalize video at their own pace. Plus, students can go back and rewatch videos at any time. 

Luckily, creating instructional videos with Screencastify can be super versatile. Have a Google Slides presentation (or any other digital resource)? You can make it the backdrop of your recording by including your screen. 

With webcam recordings, you could even record your live instruction to make it available to students later. 

🌟 Pro Tip: You can even use external headphones (like AirPods) when recording live instruction to ensure every word is captured in your video 🌟

If you’d like to quickly check for understanding, you can even add an interactive question or two to your instructional videos. In real time, you’ll know exactly what your students know. 

Access student thinking 🤔

After you’ve created a video or two, you may be curious what your students are thinking. Luckily, video-creation can be a two-way street with Screencastify. 

With Screencastify Submit, you can ask your students anything:

  • How they would solve a math problem
  • Their thoughts on the recent reading
  • Their hypothesis for the upcoming science experiment

Regardless of what you choose to ask your students, you’ll end up with an authentic demonstration of student learning. 

Record feedback 🎥

As students learn, they rely on us (as educators) to provide feedback to push them toward mastery. Unfortunately, written feedback can be misconstrued by students. 

To make your feedback clearer and more engaging, try using Screencastify to record it. 

It’s as simple as pulling up student work on your device and turning on Screencastify to share your feedback and praise. 

🌟 Have feedback you share with students over and over? Create one video that helps your kiddos address the common misconception. Since all Screencastify videos are saved to your Google Drive, you can use the video any time it's applicable for years to come. 🌟

Celebrate students 👏

Celebrating students can be such a fun and effective way to increase engagement and investment. With video, there are tons of ways to celebrate your students:

  • Create a video wishing students a happy birthday
  • Show off examples of incredible student work
  • Record videos praising students to be shared with their parents

Since the celebration will occur digitally, students (or their parents) can replay the festivities whenever they’d like. 

Even more ideas!💡

As you progress, you’ll quickly find that video is ubiquitous in the classroom. The Screencastify Squad is here to help you implement video in increasingly exciting and innovative ways. To stay up to date about all of the cool ways video can propel learning, be sure to bookmark Screencastify University and the Screencastify page on Twitter. 

If you have a hankering for more ideas right now, you’ll love our Ultimate Guide to Engagement.

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