Alisa Takeuchi: Hi, everyone. Thank you so much for coming back. I actually really appreciate it. I wasn't sure how many would return. I'm hoping that you weren't crying too much last night and that you were actually pretty excited and you were able to explore more with your screencast.
So here's part two. We'll do a quick introduction. I'm going to do a very brief review-- very, very brief, just to-- if anybody was not here yesterday, maybe they can catch up a little bit. I'm going to go through the toolbar with you. I'm probably assuming that a lot of you kind of used it a little bit last night or yesterday when you did your homework. So you're probably familiar with it. Hopefully I can give you some tips and some new information.
We're going to talk about sharing-- the different ways that you can share. And then if we have time, I would like to do some show-and-tell. I received some screencasts from some of you. And oh my, literally-- tears were coming into my eyes. They were so good. I was so excited and happy to see your products, and so I just wanted to share a few with you.
And then, always-- it doesn't have to be at the end, but always Q&A. If you have questions throughout the whole presentation, then please put them in the Q&A. If you have a comment, put them in the chat.
All right, let's go ahead and get started. So this is me, same from yesterday, same Garden Grove-- woot woot Garden Grove peeps. I've been with OTAN for about three years, and this is the first time I'm doing the Screencastify session, so timing might be a little bit off. Or if you feel like there's not enough information or too much information, please, please, please, write those things in the evaluations, because that will help me to pump up or bring down for the future.
All right, so one minute-- what were some of the challenges that you faced while making your screencast? So if you can put that in the chat-- not the Q&A, in the chat, just brief challenges that you faced. Running out of time? [laughter]
That five minutes does go by fast. Oh, somebody commented about not being able to put a comment on the thing. I think with the premium, if you pay for the $29 a year, you're actually able to put text on your videos. That's one of the features, so that might help a little bit more for those bells and whistles. $29 a year-- not too bad for being able to-- I didn't put it in the slides and now I kind of wish I did.
But some of the other bells and whistles were you can merge two screencasts together, you can trim it-- like in the free version, you can only trim the front end and the back end, but with the premium you can trim in the middle. So if you do make a mistake in the middle, instead of starting all over again you just keep continuing the recording, and then, when you get to the part that you don't like in the editing, you just trim that off. So that's kind of a bonus.
Yeah somebody-- Wendy is saying that she wishes you could see the time. There is a place. I think you have to hover over your screen or something, and I think a time does come up, like a timer near the toolbar. I remember seeing it a few times but I don't really pay attention to it, so I'm not sure. OK, so oh, Donna-- "I kept a stopwatch nearby." That was really smart. See, she's way smarter than I am. She thinks of things like that. I just don't. I think if anybody has gotten to the five-minute mark, you'll see it all of a sudden say, "You have five seconds left," and then you're not even close to being done, and then you're all like, oh man.
But I appreciate the comments. I will take a look at them. Can we edit and-- Edpuzzle? I don't know. That might be somebody-- if somebody else knows more about Edpuzzle, the question is, "Can we edit in Edpuzzle after completion?" I know nothing about Edpuzzle, so I don't even know how to answer that question. Anyway, OK. So great-- I didn't really get a chance to read all of them because it was going so fast, but I'm going to move on and, again, if you have questions or something, put them in the Q&A.
All right, so for those of you who were not here yesterday, this is your opportunity to take a picture of this screen right here because this will tell you, step-by-step, how to install Screencastify. And then that way when-- after this or if you want to work simultaneously, you can go ahead and install the extension onto your computer. It is not mobile device-friendly, though, so you must use a desktop or laptop.
So take a picture of this if you want. Oh, yesterday, people were asking about how do you take a photo of your screen, and so there's a couple of choices. You can actually take your phone and take a photo. If you're on your phone, you can take a screenshot, if you know how to do that. Or if you're on your laptop, if you're on Windows, you can use the snippet tool which is part of Microsoft. It's under Accessories.
If you're on a Chromebook, it's control-shift and the key above the number six. So those are all different ways that you can take screenshots and stuff. And then people were asking yesterday about that, too. They were asking about, how do I make all these screenshots, like this one, for example. All right, so I'm going to take this away-- 3, 2, 1.
All right, so real quick before I get started, are there any questions or things I can answer right now?
Anthony Burik: Yeah Lisa, this is Anthony.
Alisa Takeuchi: Hi, Anthony.
Anthony Burik: Hi everyone. You know, there were a few people who were still having-- they're still putting their some of the questions they had or problems they had with set-up. So I'm wondering if, and maybe Melinda could just jump in for a second, because this is a Chrome extension, and I think that maybe somebody can just address that real quick, like why some people were still having trouble trying to add the extension.
Maybe that was part of it. Maybe some people were signed into a district Gmail account rather than a personal Gmail account. So I'm wondering if maybe we could just address that for maybe a second or two?
Alisa Takeuchi: Yeah. Melinda, do you have any insights on why you would think somebody might have difficulties?
Melinda Holt: OK, if you're using a district account, they can preclude you from adding extensions on your Chrome. So if you sign into your account-- let's say that Alisa had a ggusd.net, and that would be a G Suite account, she might not be able to add extensions when she's signed in with that account. So what I would recommend is sign out of that account and then sign in with your @gmail.com and you'll be able to do everything that you want to do unless you're using a district laptop, because there are restrictions on the back end as well.
Alisa Takeuchi: Yeah, I'm going to chime in real quick. I mean, I can only speak for Garden Grove, but I know this for a fact. So for my garden grove peeps, if you have one of the Chromebooks that was issued to you from Garden Grove, most likely the Chromebook will not allow you to add the extension. Or if you did it on another computer like your personal computer, you won't see them if you use the Garden Grove Chromebooks. Thank you.
So that might be that might be one of the issues also, right? So even if you are able to get the extension on a different one, you won't be able to see it on the school-issued Chromebook.
Melinda Holt: Mm-hmm. And then the other-- you know, it's basically the club and the pub. If they decide that you can have extensions-- they might actually decide which extensions you can have, so they will push out-- there we go. We've got someone from Rowland who said they already pushed out the Screencastify extension with unlimited recording. That's very cool. And it could be that your district doesn't realize that you're not able to install extensions, so you might need to call somebody in and ask them.
There was also something in the Q&A, Alisa. I don't know if you've experienced this, or maybe when you first started using Screencastify, about Google needing permission to access all your computer data and change it. It was the big scary message when you start using extensions.
Alisa Takeuchi: Yeah, we talked about it yesterday because I had a screenshot of it about a read and change data, something-something, and we talked about it, and I actually looked it up to see what that meant. And so we kind of talked about it yesterday, and so people some of them that didn't were having difficulties using the extension. And so they went back and did it again, and then they said it was fine.
Melinda Holt: Right. So, and basically what the extensions are asking for is read-write access to your Google Drive. I have never had any problems with any extension doing anything to anywhere on my Google Drive, ever. But if they're not allowed to save the video to your Drive, then there's nowhere to put it. If they're using some space on your drive in order for you to use extensions-- so you can say no, that's fine, but you're going to find that you're not able to use it as well. I don't know-- Anthony is that do you think that's enough to answer the questions?
Anthony Burik: Yeah, I think that sounds pretty good. I think-- I'm hoping that these are the issues that folks ran into. There were a few people who were still-- you know, I noticed in the comments and Q&A that they were saying, you know, I still couldn't get it installed or I was running into trouble getting it onto my computer. So I'm hoping that we address some of those issues. And we do realize, too, with the whole pub and club thing, that's a whole another component that may be a barrier for some people.
Alisa Takeuchi: Right, so I mean I'm on a laptop, a district-issued laptop, and I was able to install the extension on my Garden Grove account as well as a Gmail, so hands on your district and where they decide to put in the blocks and stuff. So yeah, I hope that was-- I'm not hoping that was your problem, but I hope that you understand that could be your problem and why you weren't able to do it.
Yesterday we talked about working with multiple tabs. I hope that you found that was useful when you were maybe doing a demonstration or a how-to video and you had a go from tab to tab to tab. Just having those tabs in an order, it really helps ease into your screencast. Side by side-- yesterday, if you weren't here, we were talking about side by side views.
Like Melinda explained earlier, you could have your Zoom on one side and then your screencast, or if you're just installing, on the right-hand side. Also, if you're new today and you weren't here yesterday, then you might want to have your Zoom, this presentation, on your phone, and then you're working in Screencastify on a laptop or a desktop.
We talked to you a little bit yesterday-- I hope some of you had the time or you were able to kind of go through the tutorials and the introductions of screencast, and maybe that answered some of your questions, too. Or hey, I didn't know I could do that. If not, go back. When you go into your Screencastify.com and you go into your account, you'll see a lot of different resources. We'll talk a little bit about that more later on.
So again, if you're new, Screencastify.com-- so everybody, if you installed it, you should have already installed. We're going to talk a little bit about the tools that are available as well. Thank you, Elizabeth. Yesterday we got a comment about this privacy and security, and Anthony was so sweet. And he researched it, and I found it in the resources. They have a whole thing about privacy and security, and so I just kind of wanted to check in with you and show this. And then there's actually a Learn More, and there was a whole-- it was a really long list of things that they go through to make sure that everything is secure and private. So thank you, Elizabeth, for that.
All right, so again, if you're in a presentation with your students, you might want to have these break slides in there. I had never done it before until just recently, and I have found that they're very useful and a lot of people comment on them in the evaluations. They're like, I really like those break slides. You know, whatever the break is.
And so, just something to think about, especially with your students. Because this is all new for them also. If they're using a computer or their phone, and if they're on it for a long time, their eyes are going to start getting tired, their neck, their back-- so just being able to take a deep breath or stretch a little bit would really help them out.
All right so the toolbar-- So yesterday I gave some misinformation because that was my own ignorance about the toolbar. I was under the impression that it only works with the browser tab, because I thought that-- my impression was that if you haven't on the desktop it was too much information for to go back and forth, but I have now that I am wrong. So here's what I thought yesterday. If you're on the browser tab then you get your toolbar.
But yesterday I was actually making a screencast for one of the participants. I was replying to one of the comments that they made and I was making a demonstration video, and I had the desktop enabled. And suddenly my toolbar appeared, and I was like, that's amazing. So I thought maybe I had some magical powers, or they decided because I was so awesome that they would just grant me some premium tool or not. Well, that wasn't the case, I found out later on. But it was nice to think that for a few minutes.
All right I went on I finally clicked on this little warning, this little error thing on the bottom where it says you either-- your tools are unavailable. And I finally clicked on it, and it tells you why. And so it's basically saying you can't do it on a live website, and then they kind of explain what a live website is.
I'm not going to go too much into it, but just know that there's a couple of things that you can do to have a toolbar come up. And I think if you're going from tabs, if you get to a new tab, once it becomes not a new tab, you can click on it then the toolbar will appear. So I hope that helps. Again, so here's the simple workaround, and see if it will play.
So in your-- when you first open a screencast, you click on your little icon. You can go into the skinny-- the hamburger on the left and you'll get options. Here we go. I do have a video, so just a second. There's no sound on this. This is just a-- You'll want to make sure that toolbar is shown.
And so you're going to go to the More Options, and then you'll see down here in the middle, Enable the Toolbar. So you'll always want to make sure that that's checked off. And I think on default it is, but sometimes you may not want to have the toolbar there if it's in the way, or if you don't ever use it, don't have it on there because it might be a distraction to your students or to whoever's watching your screencast.
OK, so now we're going into the actual toolbar. And I'm hoping that you had a chance to play with it a little bit. If not, they're there. When I do screencasts, I think because I can't multitask it too well at the same time, so I tend to forget that it's there until it's too late, like I'm already talking on the screen and then I go, oh yeah, and I go down and I scroll to the spotlight and then I come back up. But I think the more that I play with this, the more familiar I will be. It'll be easier and more effortless.
So the first tool that's in the toolbar is the spotlight. Well at first, we might only just see the bottom row, but if you hover over it, these three will come up. And this is the spotlight, and you'll see this is like a little demonstration. It pretty much does what it says. It spotlights wherever your cursor is.
The next one is Hide Cursor. So if you are maybe showing a video, or you don't want this arrow in the middle of the screen, you can always move it down. But if you click on this Hide Cursor, if you just have your mouse still for a second or so it will disappear. And then as soon-- just like that, like how my cursor just disappeared. And then if you move it again it reappears. So that might be a handy tool to have if you don't want to have your cursor shown.
The next one is the highlight click. OK, so anytime that you're actually clicking-- so I was clicking here to enlarge an image. And when you do, it makes a round halo, a red halo around it, and that draws the attention so students or whoever can look to see exactly where you are. Because sometimes your mouse-- like when I'm doing this, I'm like, oh see here and here-- you know, it's too fast. So if it has a red halo, then I can draw it to it quicker.
Pause-- pretty self-explanatory, but so as I was doing a screencast I was playing around with these, and I hit pause and my toolbar changed. So once you hit the pause then your toolbar changes a little bit you end up having the Play, which is the opposite of Pause, so you can play your video again. You can stop your video, which is ending it, or you can redo it, you can restart-- it's called restart, and you're like, oh I messed up. I'm just going to do it again.
Instead of ending it, you can just say restart, and it'll start your recording. It'll go 3, 2, 1, and you can begin again. So that's really helpful. Oh, I'm sorry. So you can end the video and then you can record from the beginning.
The mouse pointer-- that's just this. So whenever you're using other tools, when you want to go back to your mouse, you're going to have to go back to the mouse pointer. The toolbar pen-- so here's the pen, pretty self-explanatory. Again, you can choose your colors, but here's something that you may not know which I found out which is amazing. Let's go back.
You can make the pen thicker or thinner by using the arrow keys on your computer, on your keyboard. So it defaults at a certain font at a certain width, and then if you increase it, if you use the arrow up, it makes it fatter, and if you use the arrow down it makes it skinnier. So I thought that was pretty cool. So sometimes you don't want it as thick, or sometimes you want it thicker. And you can change that.
So same thing with the erase. So here's the eraser. Again, you can make your erase smaller, you can make it medium, or you can make it really big. So I just wanted to demonstrate like I just use that. Now if you don't want to go erase, erase, erase, erase, erase, you're just like, I want everything gone-- alt-Z or option-Z. It will wipe out the whole annotation, not your screen or anything, just the annotation, whatever you use with your pens. So I thought that was pretty cool, too, because that doesn't really explain that on the toolbar. So I hope those were helpful hints. That really helped me a lot.
Here is your embed camera. So this is what we talked a little bit about yesterday, about being mindful about when you want to be in the video and when you don't want to be in the video. So if you are giving a demonstration and you have a worksheet or you have a website that you're showing, sometimes you do want to have your face on there, so that you're explaining something and the students can see you, and maybe you're making some hand gestures or whatever, and then now it's time to focus on the actual worksheet. You can toggle onto that camera. It'll take you off of your screencast, and now you can focus directly on to the subject of your screencast. So the worksheet and things-- so you can use your pens and all that stuff. So just kind of be mindful about maybe sometimes not always being on the camera and not always not being on camera.
And then to x is to hide the toolbar. It's not ending your screencast. So remember that, too. So if you're thinking you're done and you're like, oh, x, that's only hiding your toolbar. You're not finishing your screencast. Is this a good time to stop and ask for questions or comments?
Anthony Burik: Yes Alisa, so OK, so some people are still having trouble seeing their toolbar, so can you remind us again, first of all, how do we enable the toolbar, and then how do we get it to show? And then, if you happen to hide your toolbar, how do you get it back?
Alisa Takeuchi: OK. I mean, I'm so glad somebody asked it but I'm so sad that somebody asked it, because I meant to look into that because I was thinking about myself because I don't ever get rid of it. But I was thinking if I did, how do I do-- there is a shortcut, and I'm going to show you a link to show what all the shortcuts are. But I think you have to-- I think, unless somebody can tell me differently, I think you have to use the shortcut to get the toolbar back. So I'm sorry. I didn't I didn't follow through on what I wanted to do with that.
As far as making sure that the toolbar comes, number one, make sure you're not on a new tab. Let me go back to that one. I'm sorry, I'm scrolling back here. They'll give you a list, OK? So if you're on a blank new tab, right-- so if you click New Tab, and you're on Google or whatever the home page is, it will not show up there-- any URLs that began with chrome the chrome webstore. OK, so if that helps if that helps any of your issues, that might be the reason why your toolbar is not coming up.
The other thing is if-- you need to make sure when you're at the very beginning when you make your screencast you click on the Screencast icon and you hit the More Options, then you're going to want to make sure that toggle is on. There's a little place that says More Options, then it says right here, Enabling Toolbars. You want to make sure that's on. So double-check. Those are your troubleshooting tips. So I hope that'll help for everybody. Anything else, or what else?
Anthony Burik: Let me see here. Somebody suggested control-T for short cut. Is that what you said?
Alisa Takeuchi: Oh. I don't know what it does but-- Oh, for the toolbar-- yes, that could work, control-T. Yeah, that sounds about right. Oh thank you, thank you. Yeah, if you exit out of the toolbar and now you're like, oh, I want the toolbar back, then yeah, control-T. Oh, thank you. That was awesome.
Anthony Burik: Yes. Oh, and then-- Alisa again, how come, when somebody is looking at their toolbar, they can't see those top three icons?
Alisa Takeuchi: Oh, when you're just looking-- a toolbar appears, and you're like, oh, there's a toolbar, when you hover over it the top three will show up.
Anthony Burik: So Alisa, I want to step back a second here. So can you click on a website and play a video that you then comment on? So maybe there's a video on a website and you'd like maybe for your students to watch the video but then you also want to comment on the video. So could you make a screencast of that?
Alisa Takeuchi: Yes so you're going to have to-- it's two steps. You'll have to screencast the video, so play the video and then screencast it, and then put that in a slider or something, and then screencast yourself-- play the video again and screencast, and then you can make your comments, your annotations, as you're watching the video. And then that's a screencast of you talking about that video. Do you think that answered what they were looking for?
Anthony Burik: I believe so. So it is possible, is what you're saying.
Alisa Takeuchi: Yes, so it's-- I think I might have done that yesterday with the screencast video. I screencast their actual tutorial and then I had me on the side, and so it was a video of a video. It was a screencast of a screencast.
Anthony Burik: OK. Another question-- how do you show something you have saved on your computer that you want to talk over?
Alisa Takeuchi: OK, so it depends on what it is that's saved on your computer. I would either have whatever it is on my screen and then start Screencastify and then talk about it. So just pull it up from your downloads and then Screencastify and then talk about it. Or if you want to show students how to get to those things on their computer, then you would start from an empty desktop and then Screencastify and show them where they can find it on their desktop.
Anthony Burik: So we have somebody who wanted to include a YouTube video song, but the song was very echoey. The
Alisa Takeuchi: The original video was not, but when they did the screencast it was?
Anthony Burik: I'm not sure. She just said, "I wanted to include a video song."
Alisa Takeuchi: This happened to me, too. Because I did the same thing. I thought, oh, I have my headphones in, and I heard it so clearly, so I hit Screencastify. And then when I went to go watch my Screencastify it was silent because the headphones didn't pick up on the things. I had to unplug my headphones and then Screencastify. So it was using my computer speakers, and then when I watched it again it was echoey.
You might not have a go-- there might not be a wrap-around to that unless you just try to minimize the sound in the room. Just try to make it like there's no-- you're not a big spacious room or things, and just try to surround the sound in your computer as much as possible, and that might help with the clarity.
Anthony Burik: We'll take a couple more here. So we have somebody who was using their webcam but they wanted to move the webcam around as they were making the recording. So maybe, for example, maybe as the recording was going, maybe it was blocking something that they wanted the students to be able to see. So they wanted to move the webcam around. It didn't seem to go as well as this person thought it might go.
Alisa Takeuchi: I've had a little bit of issues, because when you watch the video from Screencastify he does it fairly effortlessly. And so this is-- she's talking about when you're embedding, not just webcam, because webcam is just a selfie video. But when you embed your webcam into your, let's say this picture, for example-- as I was recording, oh, OK, so mine is a little different though because I did a screen cast and I inserted it in here. I didn't do it at the same time. So that's actually-- sorry, that's not going to be--
So if I had this picture and I did a screen cast right now-- oh, let's see if I could do it. Let me just exit out of this. If I hit Screencast-- oh, no, I'm sorry. I keep forgetting I'm on a computer that doesn't have a webcam. But if I was enabling my webcam here, supposedly when it comes up, the video, I think, defaults right here in this lower corner, and then you should be able to move it and adjust the size so that it's not hiding things beneath it.
But I did do it yesterday a little bit, and there was a little trouble when I was moving it. It could have been maybe my internet connection, too. That could be it.
Anthony Burik: Alisa, I think that-- so Mario, I think, is giving us the answer to this question.
Alisa Takeuchi: Oh great.
Anthony Burik: And he suggests that you have to click and grab from the middle of the webcam. So don't grab a corner. Grab the middle of the webcam and that might make it smoother.
Alisa Takeuchi: Oh great, that's good. Thank you, Mario. Yeah, to move it around and then, once you have it in place, then maybe use the corners or the side to resize, because you can actually make it skinnier, fatter, longer, or shorter, but yeah, great, that's good advice. Yeah, I might have been grabbing it more here and it may not have been as-- it might have been more effort. Great thank you.
Anthony Burik: Now we have another question. You know, everybody's using Zoom these days. So somebody thought, well, why don't I make a Screencastify of Zoom, right, so I can show my students how to use Zoom, how to use the controls-- but it didn't seem to work very well. Is this what you just talked about in your slides, Alisa? Is this is this a possible reason for why, when you're trying to capture something live like that, that it's not really working-- it doesn't really work that well?
Alisa Takeuchi: It should, because I'm in Zoom right now and I'm able to make a screencast and it's being recorded. There might have been just too many elements going on, or-- yeah, OK, so if you're trying to screencast a Zoom meeting, are you're just trying to do it like an informational, like, how to teach your students how to get to Zoom?
Anthony Burik: I think it's more when you're within-- when you're actually using Zoom. And so for example, to show students how to put something into the chat, how to open up the Q&A if you're using it, maybe some of the participant controls-- so I think it's more of that kind of wanting to capture that kind of information.
Alisa Takeuchi: Yes, so I would just be in a Zoom-- you know, open up your Zoom room as if you were in a meeting. Or if you're with your students, then just hit the screencast. Just make sure you're not in a full screen. You have to be off-screen because you have to be able to see your Screencast icon. And then once you hit that, then you can go back to full screen and then use the screencast to go around your Zoom room and show them all the different tools.
Anthony Burik: Is there a way you can add a background behind your profile picture, like Zoom? So I guess maybe [interposing voices] a webcam?
Alisa Takeuchi: I haven't looked into that, but you might want to just stand in front of a picture or a poster. I don't think there's a virtual background, but again, I can't say that for sure because I've never even looked into that.
Anthony Burik: And then somebody asked, "How can I make a black screen?" Do you have thoughts about that? Black screen?
Alisa Takeuchi: A black screen-- oh, so if you want to just do audio only, maybe?
Anthony Burik: Perhaps.
Alisa Takeuchi: Yeah, then I would just maybe open up a Google slide and just make a black slide, and then do your screencast with the narration. That way it's totally black, and then you can just have your narration, and then you could just always do Export to Audio Only, so then you don't even see the black if you don't want, or if you want them to see something.
When I did my listening test I was thinking about that, also, but I didn't want just a blank color. And so I actually put a little picture. So they're looking at something, but they're listening. It was a very neutral picture but then they heard my voice. So for me that worked. I liked having them look at something, versus nothingness. But yeah, for black screen, that's what I would suggest.
Anthony Burik: Let's see. Can we take a couple more, and then we'll continue on?
Alisa Takeuchi: Sure.
Anthony Burik: Can you review how to switch the sound off and on in your embedded video?
Alisa Takeuchi: Switch the sound, like as you're recording, like mute, unmute?
Anthony Burik: Well, you did show us a recording where there was no sound, right?
Alisa Takeuchi: Oh, because there was just no sound.
Anthony Burik: OK, so as you're making your recording, so could you make a recording where you're talking some of the time, then not talking, then talking, and continue talking?
Alisa Takeuchi: That's a good question. Let's see here. Oh, so here's your microphone. So if I wanted to-- excuse me, especially if-- we're going to talk about this, too. If you're going to make a gif, you probably want to turn your microphone off because you don't have any sounds, because it's just usually movements. And so I would just toggle this off and there's no microphone, and then I would make a screencast.
But as far as the microphone, let me see-- these are just your different microphones that you have available. As far as within a screencast, I'm not sure if there's-- I don't remember seeing anything where you can toggle on and off between a mike, sound and no sound. It's something that you're going to have to choose right then and there from the beginning.
So we're down to sharing now. And some of you did an awesome job. I received some of your screencasts in my Gmail yesterday and they turned out great. So as you noticed, as soon as you hit Stop Recording there's nothing to do. It's already saved into your drive, and so that's one of the things that's really, really nice. You don't even have to think about it. It's already there.
So they do save as a web.m-- and I am not a techie at all, like, this was not in my field and so I had to Google this, too. And so what it says is, it's an open source file that can be viewed straight from a browser. So that's what it means. So you'll see the name of your screencast, and then it's like web.m. So that's what it is, instead of doc or whatever it is. So it can be used.
They asked-- one of the questions yesterday was, can you watch screencasts from your phone? The answer is yes, because I did it yesterday. I opened up my email from my phone, somebody sent me a screen cast, I turned it on, and I can watch it from my phone. So I have an Android, so that worked for me. If anybody else was having some problems, I don't know if I can answer them or not.
Copy and paste the link-- that's this one. That's the easiest way. If you do nothing else-- you finish your screencast, you copy the link, and you email it to somebody. I mean, that's as good as that. Just be mindful, the longer the videos, the longer it'll take to kind of boost into your-- so sometimes you'll have it, and then it'll say, "video not available yet", or "processing, please wait", or "try again." So just kind of be patient if they're somewhat longer.
The next one is to YouTube. Two things with YouTube-- you need to have an account. But not only do you need to have an account, you need to have a channel. OK, so if you have Gmail or a G suite, you automatically have a YouTube account but you'll need to develop or create a YouTube channel. And that's a whole other rabbit hole. Jennifer from OTAN has done wonderful, wonderful tons of tutorials on YouTube in itself. OTAN website has resources, so if you think that you might want to have a YouTube channel, this is a good venue for placing your videos so that your students have access to them. Then go into that and look into that and see how easy it is.
If you want to publish to YouTube, you're going to go ahead and click on that, and then it'll ask you-- it defaults to private, which means that only you can see. So if there's going to be some editing to be done and you don't want anybody to see it yet, that's probably what you are going to want to keep. If you don't want to edit anything and it's ready to go just as it is, you're going to need to change it to public. Otherwise nobody else is going to be able to see it unless they have the link.
So change that to public, and then you're going to upload, and it's as easy as that. I mean, I did it and like 4 seconds later I went to my YouTube channel, and there it was, so that was kind of nice. I know I kind of got through that real fast. If you have more questions about YouTube we'll try to do it later on, but if it's more about YouTube itself, then we're going to have to refer it to like maybe another YouTube session.
Google Classroom-- if you have a classroom or if you just created one, you can upload to a classroom seamlessly. You click on the Share Classroom. This is what comes up. It'll ask you to choose what class if you have multiple. I have two classes, so I chose this one. It'll ask you to choose an action. So do you want an assignment, a question, an announcement, create material? I chose Assignment. Hit Go.
The first time it comes up you'll get this little prompt, so just say Got It, and then here's your assignment and then this is the screencast right here. I didn't name it because I was just playing around, but if you had named it, you know, vocabulary practice, it would say Vocabulary Practice right here. And then you go through your assignment as if any other assignments. And again, if you're having trouble with this, if it's more of a classroom issue, we'll probably address it in a classroom session, but if it's actually about the screencast into the classroom, then we'll talk about it later.
Embedding the code-- I wrote on here because I don't know what this means. But I think people who have a website-- maybe this is what you would use. I don't use this, but this is what it looks like. I clicked on it and this is what I got. And so I assume that you're going to copy this and put it wherever you need to put it, but I don't speak that lingo so I don't really know too much about it. Sorry.
Gmail-- sending it because this is a Google product. It automatically goes seamlessly into a Gmail. I hit Send an Email. Now what happens is, it generates an email for you, a new email, from the account that your Screencastify was opened. So my Screencastify account is linked with my Alisa.Takeuchi@gmail.com email, so when I hit Send Email, this is what it comes up. And if I want to send it from this email, that's great, but when I'm using it with my students I don't use this email address. I have a totally different Gmail account with my students. So I don't use this particular tool with-- I don't use this particular tool with my students but with some of you that I contacted last night, this is exactly what I did.
So with my students, because I have a different account, I created an email already. This is my email to my students. And then I'm going to hit the Drive button at the very bottom. There's a whole bunch of tools at the bottom of your email. I hit the Drive, and then my Learning Chocolate comes right up, and I inserted it and it comes into the email. So that was pretty easy.
I think I might have-- yeah, so here is that email. I took a screenshot. So here all my students, and then-- excuse me. Oh my gosh, my voice is so dry. Here's that email. And then I would Insert Here and Certify All using Drive. I would probably go to Recent because it's one of things that I did recently. Now again, if it's a longer video and you try to do this right away it won't work because it's still processing. so just give it a few minutes, or keep hitting refresh, or doing something like that, and it you'll see it. And then you just sit Select, and then it pops right up. So it really is that easy when you use the Gmail, more so if you're using the same account as your Screencastify.
The QR code, the very last one-- this generates a QR code, and this is what the prompt will come up when you tap that so you can either copy this code and then paste it onto a document or worksheet, or you can download it and it'll save to your computer. I don't know if a lot of people still use QR codes. I know it was kind of big at one point. I'm not sure if a lot of people still use them-- maybe on your websites and stuff.
Anthony Burik: Tell us again about-- are there privacy settings for the video?
Alisa Takeuchi: There is, yes. When you go into when you're on the Screencastify.com and you go into-- I believe it's resources, there's a section in there that I'll talk about-- or it might be at the very bottom of the screen. Also when you're on Screencastify.co, at the very bottom you might see a Privacy Settings or Security Issues or FAQ, and they can go to that.
Anthony Burik: I asked because somebody said, "I copied the link. I sent it to my boss and to me." This person didn't have any issues, but the boss was unable to see the video.
Alisa Takeuchi: Yeah I know exactly-- so I'm not too sure why they wouldn't have been able to watch it, especially if they're on a-- because if it's a web.m file still, then they should be able to use it on any browser. Yeah, I'm not too sure about why the boss wouldn't be able to watch it.
Anthony Burik: So somebody asked this question. Do you have to change the privacy settings if you are linking to the video that's sitting in a drive?
Alisa Takeuchi: I did not. I have not had to do anything with privacy, like nothing. We talked about it a little bit yesterday. Embarrassingly enough, I don't really pay attention to much of it, which is not a good thing but I admit to it, and I have not had to do anything. I haven't had to toggle or click or anything with any kind of privacy issues.
Anthony Burik: There's been a lot of discussion in the chat about trying to take a video of a video. So I think people have a lot of suggestions about what those issues might be.
Alisa Takeuchi: I was thinking about that, too, later on, as I was moving along. If you are watching a video and you hit Screencastify with your camera embedded, you could probably narrate it as it's-- you wouldn't have to do the screencast of the video and then go back. You could probably just watch the video and talk about the video as it's playing. I don't see why not. I don't think I've ever done it, but I don't see why you wouldn't be able to do that.
Anthony Burik: OK. And do you find that-- like you were telling us about how you could play a video and then have your webcam then go back and comment on the video as the video is playing, how do you find the quality of all of this video that you're shooting? Like, do you find that if you add that webcam component that it lessens the video quality of the original video, or things get messed up at all? What's your experience been?
Alisa Takeuchi: Yeah I know. That's a really, really good question. And I haven't done that yet. I just thought of there right now, because most of the time what I've done is, I had a video, and I screencasted that video and the quality did go down, but I haven't watched a video and then screencast at the same time as that video was playing, if that makes sense. So I did the two-stepper, which is like a roundabout way, and the quality went down. But if I would've just watched the video and then hit Screencastify at the same time, I am sure that the quality would be probably just as good.
Anthony Burik: Yeah, so for example, maybe somebody tried this for their homework last night. Is it possible to use the tools as you are presenting a Google slide presentation? So this person said, "Even though I embedded the webcam, it was invisible when I presented my slides."
Alisa Takeuchi: I think it falls into-- I don't know if it falls into one of those live, you know, like the live-whatever, those three. [interposing voices] Yeah, I don't know the answer to that right off the top of my head.
Anthony Burik: OK. Oh, we got a clarification about the privacy settings. Well, oh sorry, this privacy setting's in Google. So they're under the File. Once you click on the video to open it, then you go to three little dots on the top right. Click on that then choose advance, and you'll be able to configure your privacy settings on that particular video. So if people are maybe still having-- like, if you're sending it and people are still not being able to see it--
Alisa Takeuchi: Yeah, it can be a Chrome settings or a Google settings on their end.
Anthony Burik: OK, so she said, "Sorry. Click on the three dots, then share, then advance." This may go back to when you were talking about the toolbar originally. Do you understand this question? "Does pay annotation stay in place or move when scrolling a page?"
Alisa Takeuchi: I believe they stay in place. So if I go from one slide to another slide, they stay with that slide. I can try it. Let me get some new.
Anthony Burik: And then, Alisa, while you're working on that, so does Screencastify work on iPads? Like if you're trying to create a screencast?
Alisa Takeuchi: I believe that it doesn't work on any mobile device. OK. They're pretty adamant about that they specifically say desktop and laptop. OK, so I have a slide I just opened up a new slide. I'm going to screencast and I'll do Browser Tab, I'll do Desktop-- OK, so let's see if the annotations will stay, or do they go? So you have to go back to the arrow so that you can move your slide to the next one. And no, so they don't move. I don't know if that was the question or not. Oh, a different moment-- but the pen stayed.
So I hope that helps. So if you're on a Word document or something, or some sort of document, and you want to get rid of it-- you move onto something else, your annotations won't stay on your screen. Does that help?
Anthony Burik: I hope so. [laughter] OK, let me see.
Alisa Takeuchi: Oh, just a teachable moment here-- so right away I know I don't want to keep this. I'm just going to trash it. I don't have it kept. I just let it go and then it has all my other ones and I just let this screen go, too. So if you're in that position where you were making one video but you had to make it a bunch of different times, a lot of different takes, you don't want to keep saving all those junky ones. Just trash them, because otherwise you're going to get confused on which one was the good one.
Anthony Burik: OK and Alisa, you actually just made a desktop recording so here's a question. "When I set Screencastify to Record Desktop and click Record, I get a query asking me if I want to share my entire screen or the application window. I click Application Window and click Share and nothing happens."
Alisa Takeuchi: I always thought, because I don't get that prompt, but I had seen it before, and I thought it was like kind of double-checking to make sure you don't want to do a tab, like, are you sure you don't want to just stay on one tab or are you going to use your whole desktop? So I'm not too sure about what the difference is, but I always kind of thought instead of hitting Browser Tab I hit Desktop, and then it's asking me one more time, are you sure? You want to do your whole desktop?
But yeah, if you're hitting that application, you know, just that app and it's not working, just use the desktop, because you can always just stay on one screen even if you say Desktop.
Anthony Burik: Alisa, back to the annotations. Here's another scenario, I guess. What if you're using a PDF? So let's say you have a PDF on your screen and then you use the annotations within the PDF to do whatever you want to do, and you're making a Screencastify of that, do you know what happens with the annotations in that case?
Alisa Takeuchi: Well after the recording is done, you'll still have your annotations, because it'll be on the recording. But I don't believe it sticks to the PDF, like if the PDF in another file, like just open it up again tomorrow, I don't believe that those annotations will still be there, but they'll we'll be in there on your video.
Anthony Burik: How about this question please sir can you go between showing your face and the slideshow?
Alisa Takeuchi: So yes, but I'm not on a computer. OK, I'll show you to the best of my ability. I'm on a computer. I don't have a webcam, which is probably not the best thing on a Screencastify session. Note to self-- I will definitely be on a computer that has a webcam next time.
So if I were on a computer that had a webcam, I would be able to toggle this on and off. I would toggle it on. I would hit Record so my screen would show up and my little face would go right here in the corner, and then the toolbar will come here, and then if I don't want my face anymore I would just click on that little camera on the toolbar and my face would go away. And then later on, if I want my face again to say goodbye or whatever it is, I'd hit the camera again and there's my face.
So was that the question? I'm sorry, I kind of got lost in what I was saying.
Anthony Burik: I think that's the question. It sounds like maybe as you suggested, sort of going back and forth between your face and then the slideshow. OK, a couple of toolbar questions-- and remind me, Alisa, where is system audio?
Alisa Takeuchi: System audio?
Anthony Burik: Somebody is asking, "What does System Audio do?"
Alisa Takeuchi: I hit Screencastify, and I hit the hamburger on the left-hand side, and then-- so you have all these different other options here, too-- and I just hit Options. It's kind of like the gear. It's like settings. And then just double make sure. When I did this one other time it was clicked here, and I don't know why. But you always kind of want it to have Save to Google Drive, and that was one of the things we talked about at the very beginning when you first set up your account. Notifications-- you decide how you want to be notified.
Here's that Keyboard Shortcuts. Here's the one I was telling you about, where you have the View Drawing Tools shortcuts. So if you get rid of your toolbar, how do you get it back? So here's all that see. You were right-- alt-T show and hide your toolbar. So if you decide to enable having the toolbar there from the very beginning, but you memorized some of these shortcuts, you can start using it without even having its toolbar on your-- if the toolbar is ticking up too much look real estate on your screen you can toggle back and forth using the tools just by shortcuts. So that's kind of interesting.
Record settings-- here's that Privacy. Oh see, I didn't have to do this, but here it is. Here's a Privacy Issue thing. Was this what she said, or the person said? Optimize--
Anthony Burik: The system audio-- so maybe if we can't find it right now, that's OK.
Alisa Takeuchi: Oh yeah, I'm sorry. I don't know exactly where that is unless they can clarify exactly where they found that.
Anthony Burik: OK, so why don't we let you continue, Alisa, here?
Alisa Takeuchi: All right, so now we're going down to download, OK? So after you stopped recording, you have all the options of sharing. And then below that, you have the options to download. So Download , that will download straight to your computer-- pretty self-explanatory.
The next one is Export as an MP4. I know what an MP4 is. I don't know why I would export it as an MP4. And again, that might be maybe for websites or something, if somebody else can explain this more. When I clicked on this, this is what came up, so I maybe just have it as an MP4 on my computer. I think if I download, maybe it'll download it as a web.m, but if I want it actually as an MP4, then I would use this. But again, I didn't use it. I haven't used it, so I don't really know.
Export audio-- I clicked on this and this is what came up. And you can download it as an MP3, so if you were doing podcasts, or if you wanted to do a listening test or something, and you just wanted some audio for your students, that might be a good way to do it. And then the last one is a GIF, and these are short clips that just loop and we've seen you know you've seen a lot of them in social media and things, but they also have it for explanations, for how-to's.
So again, you want to make sure that you have your microphone off because you probably don't want sound in the background. It would just be better to have silence. And then you just take a short clip. And so this is the one that we saw earlier and I just was going to show you as an example. So they're showing you how to Screencastify, more options click on Enable Toolbar, and it just repeats itself. It just goes back and repeats the same instructions over and over again. That's what that is. So when you're using that, you want very short clips. They're not long screencasts.
So this is not one of the options that's in Screencastify, but I watched some really good videos on the Screencastify.com website, and there was a teacher. So they have two courses that you can take, and one is a master Screencastify certificate, and it's an hour. And you watch these videos and you learn how to do them, and then you take a test. And if you get 80% and then you demonstrate how you would use Screencastify and send it to them, they'll give you a digital badge, and then you can get a certificate saying hey, I know how to do Screencastify.
So I did that, and that was really, really interesting. And then the second one, the second course, is for the genius course. And it's a little bit more in-depth. And I tried to take it right away, and I wasn't really too-- I still really wasn't into the whole thing of Screencastify, so I didn't do too well on the test. But one of the sections was how to use Keep with Screencastify. And I thought it was really interesting. And I don't know if a lot of you out there utilize Keep.
Melinda is huge on Keep. I know she includes it in a lot of her presentations because it's one of the most universal tools that Google has throughout all the tools. And so I just wanted to share this real fast with you. So I don't know if you know this, but if you're on Google Slides, on the right hand corner you will see a yellow light bulb, and that's Google Keep. And if you're in Sheets , Google Sheets, same thing. You'll see it on the right-hand side. You'll see Calendar, you'll see some of the same icons on the right-hand side-- and then this was email. I'm in my email and I have a Google Keep, and then it's on your phone, too.
I don't remember ever installing it. I think it just came when I had my phone. I think I had a Google folder already installed in my phone and so it had Keep in there. But what Keep does-- it's kind of note-taking or, you know, you can make to-do lists. You can do many, many things. But what's cool about it is that you can do it on any platform, and then when you open up a different platform, you open up the Keep and there it is.
So for example, this was in email. I made a note to myself and then I opened it up, and I made-- oh, this was the other thing. So I made a note and I had a Screencastify, and it automatically opened. It automatically saved in my Keep notes, because I had it opened. And so then when I went to my slides, it was there, too. So I didn't have to go jump through a lot of hoops to get to the same place.
So again, it's one of those rabbit hole things. I mean, if it works for you and it and it helps you if you're going to use Keep, this is another way you can use Screencastify with that. If you're not using Keep right now, if you feel like you want to learn more about it, then there's tons of tutorials.
All right, so real quick, let's take one minute to chat. So now that you know what it is and how to make recording and how to make different ways to use it, how will you use it with your students and your colleagues? Please type it in the chat so I can get some sort of idea when I look back at this how you feel, like maybe you want to start using it with students and colleagues.
Maybe as they're typing, Anthony, if there's some questions, I can answer them.
Anthony Burik: Are you going to show us about the trimming? And also another question from Suzanne-- what's the best way to stop your video so that stopping the video doesn't show up in the screen caps?
Alisa Takeuchi: Oh yeah, that's a really good question, because I go through that, too. Like having like you're seeing me physically drag my mouse to the stop, or the-- Two things you can do-- you could not have the toolbar there and use the shortcuts. Just go through that shortcut and find out what the shortcut is to stop a video, or you can, at the end of whatever you were recording, before you hit stop, have a few seconds of pause, maybe one or two seconds of pause-- I'm sorry, not pause. Don't pause it-- of nothingness, and then end your video.
And then when you want, you can trim the end of it so they don't see you actually physically moving your mouse to stop the video. I've kind of played with that a little bit, too, because I get to the point where I'm like, I don't care. It's like, I'm trying to find-- because my computer was so slow, it was taking a long time to get to the Stop button to those options. And I was like, OK, I can trim this and I can make it look nicer. But I was so tired last night. I said, I don't think I'm going to do it. But yeah, there is a way.
So let me exit out of this. Let me open up a new slide. I don't know why, but we'll just do it this way. I'm going to start my screencast and I'll have my recording. I'm going to record.
Oh, here's that application window that she was talking about. So you can choose, I guess-- I have another application open, so you can choose which ones you would like to talk about in between. I just use this one all the time.
OK, so let's see how we demonstrate maybe not having anybody see me actually stopping the video. So as I'm presenting OTAN you know, we have our OTAN logo here. And you're going to type your title here, and this is where you would put the body of your slide. And I'm done. And I'm coming up here, and I'm clicking on this and it's taking a long time, but it's still screening, and then I finish that. So you actually got to see like two seconds of me going through and finishing the video.
So here, it automatically placed.
They actually stopping the video, so as I'm presenting-- OTAN We have our OTAN logo here, and you're going to type your title here. This is where you put the body of your slide. And I'm done, and I'm coming up here and I'm clicking on this, and it's taking a long time, but it's still screening.
So you still saw all that, and if you don't want that to appear on your screencast, which I totally understand, this is where the trimming comes in. OK? So you can trim from the front end and from the back end. Now, I had to play with this a little bit because it seemed that it was hit-or-miss about whether or not it trimmed, and it wasn't as user-friendly, but once it worked it was great. So what it is, is I play the video again.
OK, so let's see how we demonstrate maybe not having anybody [interposing voices] stopping the video so as I'm presenting it, I'm clicking on the word Done. And I'm coming up here.
Alisa Takeuchi: OK, I don't want all that in there. So I have to go back and look at the (inaudible).
Alisa Takeuchi: So I don't want that in there. So if you look over here on the timer, the total is 26 seconds. And I'm at 22, and I don't really want that. I'm going to move this back and check and see at what time do I want this? I'm going to move a little bit more. OK so now I'm saying, OK, at 20 seconds, I don't need all of this. I don't want all this. So I'm going to take my scissors and, again, this was trial and error because I can't quite remember if I was doing this right. In my head, I should go here to 20 seconds and there's a little bit more because I still saw it going up to the top. it OK I'm being a little anal here.
OK so what I'm going to do is, I'm going to trim. Now remember, it's 26 seconds. If I'm trimming up to 19, I should have the end result be 19 seconds. Let's see if it works. OK. This says, "Are you sure?" I don't check this because I want to make sure every time, so I leave that on there. I don't know why.
[video playback] OK, so let's see how--
Alisa Takeuchi: Oh, so it changed the time to 19 seconds. So if I go here--
[end playback] And I'm done. So you can go back and play around with the timing and such. So it actually works. I'm really glad because that would have been embarrassing. But so you have your video. You stopped your video and this comes up automatically. It's Save to Drive. And you go through now and you listen to see how much do you want to chop off, from the end and from the beginning. So one of my suggestions yesterday was maybe if you want a clean start and a clean finish, hit record, silence for a second or so, record, record, record, record, silence for a second or so, stop recording, and then that way when it comes up you can hear where it's a good place to cut in the front and at the back end. And in that way you'll have a nice clean video.
But be careful what that Warning sign was that-- be careful what you hit. You know, save trimmings. It cuts it off and you don't get it back again. So be sure that you know wherever your scissors are, that's where you want to finish that video or start that video. How was that?
Anthony Burik: And Alicia, also so we're looking right now at the free version. So you said, I think, that you can only trim at the [audio out] and you can't trim in the middle, right?
Alisa Takeuchi: Correct. Yeah, premium, $29 a year-- if I was watching this video and-- right here I messed up. I'm like, oh, I totally messed up here. I didn't really mean that-- they would have some other scissors right here and right here and I could scroll and say, from here to here I want out. So it would cut that little middle section out and then splice it back together again.
So if you do have the premium version and you get that, if you make a mistake, pause again. Pause for like a second so that you have a place where you can splice it and it's effortless, instead of like, and I'm it-- and then here we go again, So it doesn't splice in a weird place.
Anthony Burik: So OK. So here's a previous question. OK, so somebody has a video on their phone. So they save that video from their phone to Google Drive. Then the person made a webcam video and also saved that to Drive. Now how did they put those two things together?
Alisa Takeuchi: Yeah, you have to purchase the premium, because then you can merge two videos. That's one of the benefits of the premium is that you can merge multiple videos together to make one video.
Anthony Burik: OK, so otherwise--
Alisa Takeuchi: Yeah, otherwise watch your video-- upload a video from the phone, play that, and then Screencastify it with a webcam, and talk about the video while you're watching the video.
Anthony Burik: OK, thank you. And Alisa, can you clarify, because you've been going back and forth between calling it a screencast and a video, so I think there's maybe a couple of people who have made videos before a little bit confused between, is there a difference between a screencast and a video?
Alisa Takeuchi: Yes.
Anthony Burik: Or how do you-- OK, so can you can you clarify that for us?
Alisa Takeuchi: Yeah, video is the end product, right? You have your-- oh, and I also say recording, which is the same thing, too. So video can be anything. It could be a YouTube video. You know, those are all videos.
A screencast is actually you recording whatever it is you would-- whether it's the webcam selfie video, or you commenting on a person's work, or you explain how to do something-- those are all screencasts. So once you-- and I say screencastify, but they're actually screencasts, because you can mix screencasts with other tools, as well. So I'm sorry. I apologize. I keep flipping back and forth between my verbiage. But in my head it makes sense. So yes, a video is anything, and then the end result is a screencast.
Anthony Burik: And Alisa, there was a couple of requests. Can you just show us again the trimming-- how you handle the trimming again? It doesn't seem to be very-- I mean, just what you've been showing us so far, you don't have the kind of precision that you have in other programs. So show us again how you go about it.
Alisa Takeuchi: And like I was saying, too, it was kind of hit or miss, because I've done that the same procedure and it would still say 26 seconds. Like it didn't-- it said, save trimmings, and it didn't save the trimming, and so I kind of had to play around with it. So just the fact that it actually trimmed where I wanted it to was a miracle. So again, you know, free is free, I guess maybe that's kind of what I can say, and I don't know if it's more precise if you have the premium or not because I don't have it. But I thought I was kind of a cool, you know, at least a little gadget that you can use.
OK, so I have my video. I'm just going to pretend--
[video playback] Our OTAN logo here, and you're going to type your title here. This is where you'd put the body of your slide.
Alisa Takeuchi: OK, and I want to stop it right there. So I'm at 18 seconds. You look over here on the left-hand corner on the bottom you'll see this is the total, and this is where I'm at right now. So I'm happy finishing my video at 18 seconds. So I'm going to take my little scissors and I'm going to move it to 18 seconds. OK? And then it jumps back a little. It rewinds a little bit and goes, so you can hear where it will actually start and-- I mean, stop, and so you can manipulate your scissors a little bit, but I'm pretty good there.
So I'm going to save my trim. And it says, be careful. If you trim it's not coming back. And you say, OK. And that's exactly what-- this is my conversation I have every time, so and then here it is. [interposing voices] I fast-forward, and I finished. OK?
So I didn't do what I recommended, but yeah, I would recommend just having just a second or two of a pause so that you can make a really clean cut. You could trim, and it's not awkward in sound or movement, so that might help you a little bit if you want to make kind of clear [audio out].
Anthony Burik: And Alisa, somebody commented that with the premium version you actually could-- if you did your snip incorrect-- you could actually redo it.
Alisa Takeuchi: See Yeah, I mean, I, don't know, you guys. Maybe $29 a year is worth it. Yeah, I mean it seems like-- I mean, I like all the free stuff, but every time I hear about some premium stuff, I'm like, ooh, that sounds kind of good, too. It's just more stuff to do. More stuff to learn.
Anthony Burik: Alisa, a question-- what if you-- OK, so if you have-- well, the question is, can you open the original file in Screencastify and trim it then? And I'm wondering if Suzanne actually means like just a video file you have sitting on your drive for example, and then kind of edited that video?
Alisa Takeuchi: Yeah, because it's not an edit. It's not a video editing. It's a screencast editing. So like, if I had a YouTube video and I pulled it up-- well OK. That's not true. OK, if I had a YouTube video that was not ever in Screencastify, I don't think I would be able to trim it.
But if I had a screencast from-- if I made something from Screencastify and I published it as a YouTube, I could go back into my drive and find that video and trim it, I mean, and edit it then. Yeah, so it's not an outside source. You have to use it within Screencastify.
Anthony Burik: OK so I think, so if you have the screencast, you can go ahead and--
Alisa Takeuchi: At any time, yeah. I can go back to my drive. Yeah, I can go back to the drive and if I go my recordings I could take any of these and trim any of those.
Anthony Burik: OK. There's a lot of comments from Suzanne, but I think she's got it figured out.
Alisa Takeuchi: Yeah, it's great. I like this, that Suzanne asks a lot of questions, because I think that a lot of other people have the questions also, but either they're afraid, or they don't want to ask it. So other people are nodding, like, yeah, oh good, I'm so glad. So please keep them coming.
Anthony Burik: OK Amy, so I'm not sure what Amy said-- "I just tried that." I'm not sure what that refers to. if you but she said, "I can't edit it once it's in my drive."
Alisa Takeuchi: Hmm. OK, well let me-- let's try. I haven't ever done it. In my head, I assumed I could do it, but yeah, maybe I misspoke. Let me go back to-- let me just pull one up. I don't know. OK, so this one is the same one that we were just working on in my drive, so I'll just pull it back up.
I can't hear the sound, though. That's weird. So I'm at 14 seconds. Yes, I want to trim, and it's at 14 seconds, but I'm not sure-- oh, because I did it on mute.
[video playback] Anybody see me actually stopping the video, so as I'm presenting, oh, OTAN. You know, we have our OTAN logo here, and you're going to type--
Alisa Takeuchi: So I went back. Maybe, oh, because she said that she found it in her drive, because I just went to my recordings. Maybe that's because I'm still in Screencastify.
Anthony Burik: And she said also, "I saw a different screen than what I'm--"
Alisa Takeuchi: She saying right now?
Anthony Burik: Yeah. It wasn't the editing screen.
Alisa Takeuchi: Oh, OK. Let me-- oh, I see what you're saying. OK let me go to my drive. So this is my drive. I'm in drive. I'm going to pull up a video. And I think I just answered my own question. I think I realized what happens.
OK, So I forgot who was that asked the question, but yeah, if you're in Drive you don't have the editing tools. But if you're in Screencastify, if you come over here you should have that video in My Recordings, and it's in Screencastify. So again, you wouldn't be able to pull a video out from out of Screencastify to edit it, and that's what it essentially is, so if you are in screen classified go to your My Recordings and then you can trim that that video.
Anthony Burik: I think Amy also realized that as well.
Alisa Takeuchi: OK, great. Well I'm glad because that helped me too.
Anthony Burik: Another question about captions-- can you add captions at all?
Alisa Takeuchi: I've read, I have heard it somewhere, but I don't know if that's maybe a premium thing. Let's check. Let's find out. Let's try it. [pause]
"Can I add captions to a Screencastify by video? The use of captions are incredibly helpful for all students. Luckily, it's easy to quickly add them to Screencastify videos. Add captions on Google Drive, create-- add captions on Google Drive, create a transcript file, go to Google Drive." OK, didn't quite understand what that said, but so it kind of sounds like yes, but--
Anthony Burik: And Alisa, I just-- the page you're looking at, I just put the link to that in the chat if people want to copy and paste that, and then they can go look at that captions page directly as well.
Alisa Takeuchi: Great. Yeah, so it looks like it does, but I'm not looking into it very much.
Anthony Burik: And Mario suggests upload it to YouTube, and then YouTube can add the captions. He says, also change it to Spanish, too. But it sounds like you can't do it in Screencastify. And I think that that's the page you just showed us, I think is-- maybe you need to work outside of Screencastify to get that?
Alisa Takeuchi: Oh, maybe insert it? Yeah, and the thing that I've been working with YouTube also is that one of the settings is that it automatically captions it, and the captions, because I think the majority of us are ESL teachers, you know, we perhaps speak more clearly, probably slowly-- so the captioning is actually pretty good. But it doesn't put any grammar. it doesn't put periods, it doesn't stop at sentences-- it just keeps running as you're speaking.
So what I have been doing-- I didn't do this for a very long time until-- and I probably have about 11 videos up that just have the caption, but I actually put in subtitles now. So I go in and, man, YouTube makes it very, very easy to make subtitles. And that way I control the capitals and the periods, and then and then I just hit the button, and it times it for me.
And that's a whole YouTube thing. Again, that's going down the rabbit hole. But yeah, if you want some captioning or subtitles that are more accurate than what's automatically given in YouTube, it's a really good option. So I've been doing that, so I probably have another you know like 10 or 15 videos that I've been transcribing, and it's very, very easy. They make it user friendly, creating it.
So let me go to my presentation. I don't think I have very much left. We have 20 minutes, so let me just go through and see what else more I have. Oh, so here's the thing I was talking about with my account. I went back to Screencastify.com, because really once you have the icon, you don't really have to come back to the website to ever use it. Wherever you are on the internet, you're always able just to click on this and start a screencast.
But I thought, you know, I'm going to go back to Screencastify.com and see what else they have-- you know, some helpful hints or some tutorials or, you know, what other cool things do they have. And man, I found a lot of really helpful resources. And they make a ton of videos screencasts of their product. So it's really helpful. And they're very short, so you can watch one or two and not be too inundated. And so for me, I got Screencastify.com, these are your options.
For school go down you click on it, you go down to resources, and they have a Screencastify e-book and a Screencastify Google Apps. And so I copied the links, and I made new links just for myself, but if you want to take a picture of this, now that we have so much free time lounging around in our pajamas and eating bonbons, you can look through these e-books on different ways that teachers have used to Screencastify or using them with Google Apps. I just found this at 11:30 last night, so I really haven't even looked through it, but I thought it was a good resource. I'm going to change the screen, so if you want to take a picture, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
And then here's this option oh, the keyboard shortcuts that we talked about. So you're going to go into the hamburger options, and then they have the shortcuts for you. So this is just a few of those shortcuts, but if you want to kind of learn some of them that might be really helpful for you and you don't have to have that toolbar on your screen all the time, that would be good, especially if it's hovering over something that's important on your screen.
All right, so we've got show and tell, and we have some very brave participants out there that sent me their Screencastify last night or this morning, and I asked them if they would mind if I shared them. And I thought that I would just share them with you, so you can see what your fellow participants did for their homework.
So we're in a safe place. There's no judging. Please-- positive comments, and let them know how much you appreciate what they did. So here's Lynnette's.
Hi, class. I want to show you how to use my website to go to the spelling games and practice your spelling in a fun way. So here we are at my website. And I'm going to go up to the top here, and I'm going to click Spelling. When I click on Spelling, it takes me to my spelling page. And I want to click on Spelling City. It's the first link. That takes me to my Spelling City page, and you'll see many lists here.
Pick the irregular verbs, any one of these, and click on Games. When you click on Games make sure you're looking at free games. There should be about nine free games. You can use this to practice your spelling, to test your spelling, and to play games.
So here's how it can teach you. We're going to go here and hit Play. And there's my list. So if I want to know how to spell the word, I can click on it.
Went, W-E-N-T, Went. I went to the party but left early. Went.
[end app playback]
So that's the past of go. It gives you the spelling, and also in a sentence. And then I want to play some games. So I'm going to go again, click free-- you don't want to pay for anything-- and there's many games here. One is a word search. So if I click here, I'm going to look for those words. Hit play.
Welcome to World Search. Let's search.
Search the grid for your words. When you find one, click and drag to highlight it.
[end app playback]
OK, so I want to go and find my words. This is great for my spelling. I'm going to click here, OK. And you have a few minutes to do that, so that's a fun game. Let's see what else we can play. Again, free-- there's the Hang Mouse that we play in class.
[end video playback]
Alisa Takeuchi: So I'm going to fast-forward this real quick. I just want to get to the-- oh, of course-- the end of Lynette's is priceless. And I hope I can do this without clicking out of it again.
Hi Class. I want to show you how to use my website. And I will tell you how you did. So I can't see your homework here, so when you finish, you just want to send me an email and tell me, how long did you study your spelling? I hope you have fun with it and have a great day.
[end video playback]
Alisa Takeuchi: OK, so that was Lynette's video, and it's like so incredible. And so, some of the things that I noticed-- or actually, I mean, if you want to make some comments about what you noticed with her video-- I don't think-- I can't tell or not, but I don't think that she's even using a headset like ear buds and a microphone. I think she's using the audio from her computer, and it's clear. And that surprises me, so I mean, that's great. I mean if you have a computer that can pick up sound that clear without an echo, more power to you. I mean, I tend to always use earbuds with a microphone.
And then also, the audio from her computer, clear and loud-- when they did the spelling, W-E-N-T, it was very loud. So if a student is watching this video, there was no chance that they didn't hear that audio. So I thought those were really great.
Anthony, are there some comments about the video that we can share?
Anthony Burik: Awesome, fantastic-- It was great. There is a question about if Lynnette wrote a script at all, and how many takes that-- was this was the first time, or did she try it a couple of times?
I'm not sure if Lynette's in the room or not. Maybe she could just put it in the chat.
Alisa Takeuchi: Yeah and I talked to a couple of different people. And I don't want to confuse her, but I did talk to someone that said it took them 11 times, because they said that they had to keep stopping when they changed tabs or something, and so we kind of discussed that a little bit. But I don't know if that was Lynnette or not. But yeah, again-- if you could do it in one take, oh my gosh, that's awesome. Yeah for me, sometimes it takes me a few takes. It depends on how perfect I want it, or the best it could be.
If it's, kind of, like I'm in a rush, or if it's just something that's not as important for me to have a perfect, quote unquote, "screencast", I'm doing one take and I'm shooting it off.
Anthony Burik: I could-- I'm not sure whether Lynnette used the script or not, but I think at least to have a plan how you're going to proceed through, from start to finish-- and also I noticed that people had a lot of questions-- not a lot, but people were asking about or commenting on the free version. You only get up to five minutes, right? But you really should-- I mean, if you're thinking about wanting to create longer than five minute videos, that actually might be a little bit of-- some trouble, because sometimes it's better to think about it in chunks, for. Example
So maybe you just have like a really short how-to on something, and maybe a second short how-to to on something, and you're not creating these long, long, long videos. The five minutes really helps you to edit in a way, right, because it helps keep you very succinct in your presentation.
Alisa Takeuchi: I totally agree. And yeah, I made that suggestion yesterday to some participants about-- yeah, exactly. Instead of having this really long-- it's just to divide whatever your long thing is two, maybe three. And then make the thirds, and then that way students aren't having to really sit through a longer video also, which, you know, if they only wanted to end part of it then they could fast-forward, but, and again the longer the video the longer it takes to upload or download, if the students are watching it. But yeah, I totally agree.
Yeah, before you even record, I'm, like if I was Lynnette, I would be going through clicking through the steps so I know what was coming up next, so I knew, even if I didn't have a script. Then I knew what was coming up next, so I knew what to talk about so it wasn't such a surprise.
So I'm going to move on to the next one. Let me just double check where we're at. OK, I've got 10 minutes left, so we have two more. And this is incredible. This is the first one I saw, and I literally got tears in my eyes. I was so impressed, and I got to learn a foreign language, so--
[video playback] [speaking spanish]
[end video playback]
Alisa Takeuchi: OK, so I'm going to stop that real quick. So yeah, if you have comments for this or questions, please put it up in the chats. And thanks. One of the things I did notice was the camera. So there wasn't a camera available, I assume, for the device that you're on, but I'm not sure why it shows up here. Because I don't have a camera on mine either, but nothing shows up, so I don't know why this is coming up unless it's one of those toggle things.
But yeah I just love how it's step-by-step. And even though there's quite a few slides, it was only about two minutes, I think. It's about three minutes-- 2:58, so it's still a very short video, but it's a step-by-step process that other students can watch it and go along with it step by step by step. I just thought that was incredible.
I have one more show and tell, and then just an ending slide, and then I'm done. So let me move on forward. So this is from Donna Barr, my fellow GGUSD teacher, and she-- I believe, I don't want to misspeak, but I believe that she took a screencast of her PowerPoint presentation. And so let's go see what she did.
Pronunciation of regular past-tense verbs and adjectives with -ed endings. Asked, baked, brushed, cooked, cracked, crashed, danced, dressed, dropped, escaped, finished, fixed, guessed, helped, hoped--
[end video playback]
Alisa Takeuchi: So I'm going to stop that real quick. And I think what she did was brilliant, because on her website ESLAmerica.us, everything has sound, and so she has a lot of PowerPoints on there. But unfortunately, if students want to access those and they don't have PowerPoint, they're kind of stuck. So I think what her idea is, and Donna, you can put in the chat if I'm misspeaking, but I think she wanted to do a screencast of her PowerPoints so that now all students can access the information and be more accessible for all of her students, no matter what platform they're using.
But yeah, I think it's a great idea that-- taking something that you've already done and then just recycling it into something different and new and available for everybody. I don't know Donna, if you can write in the chat or if it's going to go too fast or not, but I think that's such a good idea. Right why reinvent the wheel? Just use what you already have and then just make a video of it.
Let me move forward. OK so here's me-- see, I could trim the beginning.
Congratulations! You did it. I am so happy for you. I know that you're going to be great using Screencastify, and your students are going to love it. Thank you again for coming to my presentation. I really appreciate it. Have a great day.
I appreciate you guys coming, and I hope you learned one thing, and you're taking it with you and you're able to use it with your students and your colleagues.
Anthony Burik: And Alisa, yes, there does seem to be interest in a Screencastify for beginners, part three.
Alisa Takeuchi: OK, so I'll take a look at the comments.
Anthony Burik: Yeah. Yeah, we can discuss and discuss, and see about maybe a part three.
Alisa Takeuchi: Sure.