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Screencastify

Following the always inspiring lead of Mike Kavanagh (who you should all follow on twitter (@Mikekav66) for a seemingly endless supply of great ideas) I downloaded the screencastify extension to chrome, which allows me to record everything on my screen as I introduce a topic to students - with the option of a little mini-vid of me in the corner talking through it.


It took about an hour to get it all set up, but some of that was due to a very laggy internet service around my way this last week (I wonder what's causing that...), and some due to my distractedness. The basic version is free, but you can upgrade to an enhanced version. That usually costs €€, but its available free at the moment with the voucher code, CAST_CIVID.

I'll repost the instructions on twitter - if I can find them again.


Everything in this world takes a little getting used to and I did waste twenty minutes 'recording' some material when I hadn't pressed the 'record' option, but overall I'd say it was easy to use.


The enhanced features allow editing, but I didn't bother: If my students aren't used to me confusing myself, pressing wrong buttons and losing my train of thought by now, they never will be.


There's an introductory video here:


And this is what I came up: Feel free to share, but it is a little specific to a particular book, and a particular group. I'm sharing more to show what can be done without either expertise and talent. Imagine what you could achieve with a little bit of either...



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