Welcome back for another enlightening blog post everyone!
Today I want to talk about Screencastify, which can be discovered while using Google Chrome. Screencastify is one of the main browser extensions I use and not just in university classes either but also in my classroom. My main use of Screencastify has been to record and publish my Math lessons to Youtube. A link to one of the lessons can be found here.
One of the biggest benefits to this plan is the ability for the students to be able to slow down the lesson and focus on specific steps they may be struggling with. Despite my best efforts, there is always students who may not understand step 3 before you move on to step 4 and the ability to watch the lesson in segments should help to alleviate that problem.
This useful Chrome extension is yet another example of how Google is providing educational software free of charge (Screencastify is free, but the videos are limited to 10 minutes in length, however the premium version is very affordable at only $25/year). However, detractors of Google could think negatively of this as well. In order to access Screencastify, you must be logged in to your Google Plus account. The small price Google pays to allow you to have Screencastify for free pales in comparison to the benefits they net from constantly having you connected to their social media accounts. It is certainly something to consider, but ultimately I will deal with the extra connections in order to access such a valuable tool.
Thanks for reading everyone and I hope to hear about your favourite Chrome extensions in the comments!