Making Videos with Screencasting Tools

I have been working with some of you across the district in making videos.  Some of you have done projects that involve students making a Book Review video, All about Me Video or a Science Report Video that combines Google Slides with ScreenCastify.  Others, mostly at OHS, have used Screencastify or Doceri to make instructional videos for you students.  Both great uses of screencasting.

I want to let you know of other options here so that you can try them out and see what works best for you and your students.  All of these can be used on Chromebooks and each has some additional features that you will have to check out.

CaptureCast– unlimited video length, can be uploaded to YouTube, easy setup

SnagIt– unlimited video length, can be saved to Google Drive or YouTube

Nimbus Screenshot – video can be saved to hard drive and then loaded to Google Drive or YouTube

Screencastify – 10 minute limit, video can be saved to YouTube or Google Drive

Let me know what you think.  If you’ve tried some of these other tools, share your experiences.

Remember that you also have your recording options on your Mimio or your Smartboard.



Common Core Explorer

Great tool to look for Common Core-aligned edtech.  Intuitive filters will guide you through the Common Core State Standards to display a list of tech tools that address that specific standard in Math or Language Arts.  Looks like they are working on Science.  Great tool to keep handy

Common Core Explorer

Creating & Using Rubrics for CC Assessment

These are two great resources to easily create a rubric for your Common Core assignments/projects:


A rubric is a criterion referenced assessment tool used to score assignments or performances. Work is scored/graded based on how well the finished product lines up with the criteria listed on the rubric. A rubric is a very powerful device for performance-based assessments, such as oral presentations or projects, but also makes grading essay questions and narratives quick and easy.

Tips to writing a strong rubric.

If you are using various technology tools with your students, Kathy Shrock has this great list of rubrics based on the tool and project you are assigning your students.

Assessment and Rubrics



Many of you have been asking how to use Engage NY PDFs (or any PDFs) in a 1:1 environment so students can put their answers on the PDF.  I found this great tool that does exactly just that.  But not only does Formative allow you to upload PDFs, makes them into an interactive page where students answer questions, it gives you live results.  Students can show their work, enter answers, give short answer explanations and draw their answers.  You can add content such as a video that explains the concept you are teaching.  Formative will grade any questions where you have provided the correct answer, show you any drawings they have made and ask you to grade any open ended questions.  Great tool, lots of capabilities.

Watch this video to get an idea of the capabilities:

How to transform a PDF:



Teachers can create presentations using text, links, video and interactive assessment.  Students connect to presentation with a code and are viewing the presentation along with the teacher, so you control what they see, what they view and what website you want them to explore.  As the class views the presentations, teachers can view real-time student activity and response to quizzes, polls or open-ended questions. Students in turn can watch videos, take notes and instantly see result to their answers. Great for assessing and an alternative for content delivery.  Without the upgrade, you are able to create your own nearpods, but there are many already created for you free in the content library.  This link takes you to a video on how nearpod works.


zaptionZaption-a tool which allows you to create video-based quizzes.  You can display questions for students to answer as they watch a video.  Teacher creates a tour for the student using either video and/or images.  Zaption pulls videos from YouTube, Vimeo, PBS, or National Geographic. After choosing your video, start watching it then pause it when you want to add a question. You can add questions in the form of multiple choice, open response, or check box response. When students watch the video they will see your questions appear in the context in which you set them.  Teacher account is free and students do not need an account to take a tour.