Friday, April 10, 2020

How to use Screencastify for free screen recording

Screencastify is a Chrome extension (meaning that it only works on in the Chrome browser) that allows you to record what is happening on your computer screen.  While there are a number of other screen recording tools that you can use, this one is my favorite.  Let's take a look at its features:

  • you can record a browser tab, your whole screen or just your webcam
  • you can add your webcam into a browser tab or whole screen recording
  • it can record offline!
  • drawing tools to annotate
  • spotlight tool to call attention to something
  • highlights your mouse clicks
  • recordings save in Google Drive
  • option to upload directly to Google Classroom or YouTube
  • export recording as an MP4 (video file) or an animated GIF
  • basic video editor
As I mentioned earlier, this tool is free, but there is a limit of 5 minutes per video.  If you want the ability to record longer videos the paid version is $29 per year.  In addition to the extended recording time the paid version also give you additional editing features. 

It's honestly a very easy program to use and I think you can figure it out by just playing around with it (that's what I recommend for most things), but they do have some training resources that you check out as well.  Plus you can earn a fun badge and certificate if you take the whole training courses. 

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