July 2, 2020

Making Thinking Visible through Screencasting

The following post is an excerpt from EdTechTeacher CEO Tom Daccord’s blog, Leading Innovations in Schools: From Someday to Monday.


Screencasting is a powerful tool for formative assessment. When students create screencasts, they make their thinking visible, which allows the teacher to assess how students engage with content and the learning experience (process), but also allows teachers to measure student progress over time. A screencast can also serve as an assessment of product, allowing students to demonstrate how they think, feel, understand, and engage with what they have learned.

Teachers can use students’ screencasts to reflect on student learning, answering the following questions about each student: What do they understand? What are they missing? Where do they need more help? What type of help should I provide? 

Through screencasting, teachers get a glimpse of what each student understands and how they are engaging with content. This provides valuable insight into student learning and allows the teacher to better meet students’ needs. As one teacher remarked on her own learning journey, “If my algebra teacher could have just gotten inside my head and understood what I knew, and more importantly what I didn’t know, maybe these days I’d be able to balance my checkbook”. Particularly during the challenges of distance learning, screencasting can be a powerful tool for incorporating student voice into the assessment process.


Continue reading this blog post (including classroom examples and practical tips for screencasting) on tomdaccord.com.