Self-Paced Professional Development Course

What is Screencastify?

Screencastify is a simple video screen capture software for Chrome. It allows you to record a browser tab, your whole desktop or your webcam. You can also embed your webcam in the corner while you're recording a tab or your desktop.

The free Lite version limits recording time to 10 minutes per video and 50 videos per month. It has a watermark and has certain features turned off like mp4 export and editing tools.

The Premium version ($24 per year) allows for unlimited recording time, no watermark, MP4 and GIF export ability along with other basic editing/trimming features that are not included in the Lite version. With the premium version, you will also have priority support.

I find that Screencastify sometimes lags a little and can have some glitches, so I feel that Screencast-O-Matic is a higher quality tool. However, Screencastify is easier to use and more efficient.

How can I use it to enhance & transform my classroom?

  • Flipped learning
  • eLearning lessons
  • Communicate with parents
  • Make a quick explanation for absent students
  • Provide audio/visual directions
  • Create a tutorial
  • and anything else you're creative mind can think of!

What are other educators saying about it?

  • "I use this for my classroom all the time. I make videos of my lectures (usually in powerpoint or google slides) and add them to youtube to use on EDpuzzle for students to view anytime they need to. Easy to use and uploads very fast! Best new tool I've learned this year!" - Morgan Jones, Garnder High School.
  • "I've used the free version for a couple of years and finally upgraded. Most of my instruction is in video form. This product works GREAT and works on a Chromebook. I love it!" - Sandra Ahlstrom

Self-Paced Training

Things to Read and Watch

Install the Screencastify Chrome Extension & Set Up

Set Up

  • Click the icon extension
  • Choose where to store your files (Google Drive recommended - this will require you to sign-in to your Google account and allow permission)
  • Enable Tab Recording
Installing and Setting Up Screencastify
Screencastify Tutorial
Using the Pen Tool in Screencastify


I highly recommend that you upload your video to YouTube. This will make it easier to embed in an eLearning lesson or send to your students in Google Classroom. To do this, you'll need to first sign in to your Tube Account and set up your channel.

  1. Sign into YouTube with your school Google account
  2. Click upload
  3. When prompted, create your "channel"
  4. You will now be able to upload video files, from your computer or directly from Screencastify, to your YouTube channel.
Uploading Screencastify Videos to Youtube

You can stop your recording with a keyboard shortcut instead!



Make a video with Screencastify that you can use with your students or colleagues. Upload it to your YouTube channel and be ready to send the link to earn your badge!

Get your badge and PGP Certificate!

Complete the form below to show what you've learned and accomplished! Once reviewed, you'll receive your badge and PGP certificate.


(Sorry.... these are only available to Southwest Parke staff.)

Additional Resources

Rachel Porter

I'd love to help you become more proficient with Nearpod. Contact me with questions specific to your classroom!