Illustration by Edpuzzle Staff
These past months, teachers have been thrust into remote learning with almost zero preparation. As a result, many of them are relying on video-conferencing platforms such as Zoom to give lessons as if they were still in the classroom.
It’s been a chaotic experience to say the least. Between spotty internet connection and difficulties holding students accountable, it’s hard to know how much learning is actually happening.
That’s why many teachers are now choosing to create their own videos instead of teaching live. You can take the same exact lessons you would normally teach your students and turn them into video lessons.
Students can watch these videos anytime, anywhere and at their own pace. Meanwhile, you can get a clear picture of who is understanding the material and who needs extra help.
Worried that video lessons wouldn’t be as engaging as your live lessons? That’s why we’re so excited about our latest integration. App smashing Edpuzzle and Screencastify will take your video lessons to the next level.
1. Install Screencastify
So, what is Screencastify? It’s a screen recording tool that lets you record, edit, and share your videos. That means that you can record anything that is happening on your screen and turn it into a video.
To install Screencastify, start off by opening your Google Chrome browser. Go to Screencastify’s website and click on the blue button that says “Add to Chrome” to install it as a browser extension.
Once it’s been installed, click on the Screencastify icon in your Chrome toolbar to set up your account. Make sure to sign in with Google so that you'll be able to save your videos automatically to Google Drive.
In Step 2, simply click to give Screencastify all the necessary permissions. The last and most important step (Step 3) is to select “Educator” as your role. This way you can take advantage of the Edpuzzle integration!
2. Record your video
When deciding what kind of video to record, you have several options. The easiest and most versatile option for teachers of all subjects and grade levels is to do a screencast video.
Whether it’s of a PowerPoint presentation or a virtual clock, it shouldn't take you more time than it would to actually give the lesson in person.
Once you’re ready to record, just click on the Screencastify icon in your browser. From there, you’ll see the option of whether you want to share your tab, whole screen, or just a video of you.
You'll also be able to add great features like an embedded webcam, a pre-recording countdown, and drawing tools. Choose the best options for your video and start recording!
When you’re done, go to the Screencastify icon and click stop to finish your recording. From there you’ll be automatically taken to the Screencastify page to preview your video.
3. Upload to Edpuzzle
It’s one thing to give your students a video link to watch at home, but it’s quite another to add comprehension questions, view who has watched your video, prevent skipping, and more!
Once you’ve set up your Edpuzzle account, you’ll be able to upload your Screencastify recordings directly to Edpuzzle.
In your Screencastify recording page, go to the right side of your screen where you’ll find the share section. If you don’t see the Edpuzzle option, go down and select “Add More Share Options." From there, you’ll be able to switch on the Edpuzzle integration.
Now, when you go back to your recording, you’ll see the “Upload to Edpuzzle” option under the Share section of the Video Page. Once you click on it, you’ll be taken directly to Edpuzzle’s website.
To start editing with Edpuzzle, just click on the Google Drive button to begin uploading your Screencastify video. You can also upload any other video directly from your Google Drive. From there, Edpuzzle will do the rest of the work to process the video.
4. Edit and assign in Edpuzzle
Now it’s time to turn your screen recording into an engaging video lesson! In Edpuzzle, you can strategically put in questions anywhere throughout your video.
Find and click on the video in your "My Content" area. It will take you to another page where, among many other options, you can choose to click on "Edit." When you click on "Edit" you’ll be taken to Edpuzzle's video editor.
In the video editor, click on the "Questions" tab and play through your video until you get to a point where you want to add a question. From here you can choose to add a multiple-choice question, an open-ended question, or a note.
Once you've typed out your question, click save and voila! You’ve already taken your first step towards making this video more interactive! Just make sure to click “Finish” at the top right corner of your screen once you're done editing.
After you’ve mastered these skills, you’ll find you won’t be able to stop making videos. Keep up the momentum! You can continue creating great videos even when you’re physically back in a classroom.
Consider flipping your classroom to let students work at their own pace and devote more class time to interactive activities. The flipped classroom methodology is here to stay and is an easy way to make the video-viewing experience more engaging for students.