I know I'm about a month late to the party here, but I wanted to wait until I had a little bit of time working with the tool before I shared. "What tool," you ask? Why, Screencastify, of course!
I've been using Chrome OS since the Acer AC700 came out (I wasn't "worthy" of the Cr-48...grumble grumble...) and I have used it for pretty much everything. My mantra has been that if a tool isn't browser agnostic, then it wasn't worth the hassle of using.
This philosophy has worked out pretty well, but there was one major drawback: screencasting. For those of you who aren't familiar, a screencast lets you record all screen activity, including audio. This is great for "how to" videos or flipped lessons. Most of these tools use java, flash, or other plug ins, so they wouldn't work on Chrome OS. I was able to use Hangouts On Air, but this seemed unnecessarily complicated.
Finally, last moth Screencastify hit the Chrome Web Store. I've used it a few times with great success, but more importantly, so have my students. We are a 1:1 school with Samsung Chromebooks, so all of my students have the necessary tools.
So far, students have used the tool to record screencasts of in-class presentations that they would have been absent for. Their group members simply inserted the YouTube videos into their Google Slides presentations and it was just like the students were there! Very cool. I'm planning on having students utilize the tool as a whole class to demonstrate their learning of upcoming concepts. I'll let you know how it goes!
Jeremy is a Google for Education Certified Trainer with eight years of experience integrating technology into the classroom. He enjoys helping students from all backgrounds learn the 21st Century skills to make them successful in school and beyond. Jeremy currently works as a Technology Coach helping teachers utilize the Otus Student Performance Platform to understand and improve student performance and engagement. He has previous experience working with teachers to utilize Google Apps for Education and 1:1 programs using both iPads and Chromebooks.