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5 Screencasting Mistakes You're Probably Making

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Thom Gibson  
Are your screencast lessons boring? Finding that students aren't watching them? It's time to level up your screencasting. Learn some of the most common screencasting mistakes and how to fix them. You will then create a screencast using Screencastify, implementing all your new knowledge.

Audience: Coaches, Professional developers, Teachers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Web access with Google Chrome and Screencastify extension installed -

Must have access to a camera and microphone with their device (either built-in or external).

Topic: Instructional design & delivery
Grade level: 6-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose is to equip teachers and PD leaders with the tools and knowledge to create more engaging and effective screencast lessons / tutorials.

I will discuss the common mistakes people make in their screencasts and how to fix them.

I will also share the features of Screencastify that make make it an ideal screencasting tool for educators (including recording, editing, sharing, assessing all within Screencastify)

Attendees will then take what they learned to create a short screencast themselves (they're encouraged to create one they will be able to use) implementing not only the best practices they've learned but also experiment with the recording, editing, and assessing features of Screencastify.


Introduction to the 5 mistakes teachers commonly make during screencasts and how to fix them (15 min).

Overview of Screencastify and different features available to teachers including recording, annotating, editing, sharing, and assessing tools (5 min)

Introduction of the project for the day; create your own screencast in Screencastify utilizing what you learned and all the features involved; screencast tutorials for each feature will be provided for teachers (5 min)

Teachers working on their screencasts, watching my provided tutorials, and getting real time support from me while they work (20-25 min)

Teachers share what they did, aha moments, and plans for how to implement it in the classroom (5-10 min)

Supporting research

The Modern Classrooms Project: A Review of Research-Based Best Practices by John Hopkins University states that using screencast lessons in a self-paced classroom provides students with a direct outlet to practice and develop skills in self-regulating their own learning. Strong self-regulated learning skills in the form of skills with planning, managing, and controlling the learning process, have been correlated with faster learning and higher achievement.

And students find the self-paced nature useful, motivating, and can lead to greater interest in the classroom subject.

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Thom Gibson, New EdTech Classroom

Thom Gibson is a two-time teacher of the year educator, creative director at New EdTech Classroom, educational consultant, and an Adobe Education Leader. He has taught middle-school math, robotics, and YouTube Video Production Outside of education, he's a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, an avid runner, a chicken wing (and ranch) connoisseur, and is actively involved in his church.  He, his wife Sara, and daughter Audrey live in Austin, TX.

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