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Nov 23, 2021

Deliver Actionable, Verbal Feedback with Our New Feature

Nefertiti Dukes
Professional Development Manager

Effective feedback is at the core of student learning. When done well, it helps students understand where they’ve excelled, how they can grow, and the road ahead to mastery. 

The problem: it can be hard to deliver feedback well. Ideally, it should be delivered carefully, be super specific, and work to involve learners in the process. Yet, it’s almost impossible to meet all of those goals in writing. 

So, we’re excited to offer a solution. We’re testing a feature that implements a button on Google Docs and Google Classroom to record video feedback. Click the button to automatically begin a desktop recording and then post your visible feedback as a comment on the Doc or in the private comments on Google Classroom. 

Start Recording Verbal Feedback

The beauty of our new experimental feature is that it's available right on Google Docs and Google Classroom.

  1. Start by opening a Google Doc or navigating to student work in Google Classroom
  2. Click the “Record Feedback” button on the bottom right
  3. Record your video!
  4. Click the stop button when you’re done to end the recording.
  5. Copy the link from the Video Management Page into the Google Doc or assignment on Classroom.  
  6. Check back in later to see whether or not your student saw your feedback.

A few ways to take your verbal feedback to the next level

Use the Annotation Tools to Make Feedback Specific 

The more precise the feedback, the better. Our annotation tools offer tons of ways to make sure you’re as clear as possible. 

Try using the mouse tool to add a spotlight to the exact place where a student has excelled. Use the pen tool to draw an arrow or underline something important on screen.

Loved an idea in a piece of student work? Use an emoji to show them!

Deliver Feedback Carefully with your Webcam and Mic

When you deliver feedback with Screencastify, your students hear your voice and they can see your webcam (if you choose to toggle it on). 

So, give your students a thumbs up when they do something awesome! Or, deliver feedback about how they can improve while minimizing the risk that it discourages their learning.

Involve Learners in your Feedback

In order for feedback to be most effective, learners need to be a part of it. Good news: involving your students in verbal feedback is super easy!

If you’re looking to see how students understood your feedback, try adding an interactive question. On the Response Details View, you’ll be able to see exactly how they performed. 

Want to hear directly from your students? Create an assignment in Screencastify Submit and ask them to react to their feedback and deliver a plan for the next version of their assignment.

Give it a whirl!

We’re looking forward to hearing more about all of the ways you deliver effective feedback with the new experimental feature. As you create more videos, feel free to reach out to us at hello@screencastify.com

Nefertiti Dukes
Professional Development Manager

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