David Winet demonstrates using Screencastify to provide dynamic feedback on ESOL student writing

Learning2gether Episode 369

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On Sunday June 11, 2017, at the usual time of 1400 UTC, David Winet came on to Learning2gether to demonstrate using Screencastify to provide dynamic feedback on ESOL student writing.

The video above is at https://youtu.be/D4PE3DF3jEc on YouTube. The original video started out with setup dialog for the first 11 minutes, which needed to be removed, but the YouTube online trimming tool works only for videos up to an hour in length. So Vance downloaded an mp4 and cropped it in Windows Movie Maker. This bloated the mp4 from the 378 MB original downloaded from YouTube to 2,220 MB in the 1080p version, so I made a 720p version which was still 1,164 MB. I tried a third time with Camtasia, rendered it to 720×540, and saved it as mp4 without any further enhancement. This time the upload was 135 mbytes, much more acceptable.

That’s what you see above, but meanwhile Dave showed me this link
which explains how you can create a link to start a video at any specific point, so if you want to view the original in higher resolution and skip over the first 11 minutes, the direct link for that is here:

Ever the innovative educator, David Winet has been using Screencastify to give students feedback on their writing dynamically in video. He reports that students

“liked having the dynamic correction with webcam that Screencastify made possible.  For myself I found it slower, but more personal and closely focused, than just correcting online and sending the corrected/marked-up homework back to the student by email. I ended up just choosing three or four students’ papers to ‘screencastify’ on a given day and did the others the old way on that day.  Eventually after several homework assignments everybody got at least one Screencastified paper back.”

About Screencastify

Screencastify is a freemium plug-in that works only in Chrome, available at

Dave has made a tutorial on how to use Screencastify, using, of course, Screencastify itself – https://youtu.be/UsaPpCyPOr8

Dave prepared show notes to explain what he would talk about link to his videos. He also includes instructions on how-to work with Screencastify with students.

Dave demonstrated his technique live in the HoA using a the screen share feature to show what he was doing on his desktop in Screencastify. He had also prepared a similar demonstration in advance, though we realized he would not be able to air it during the webcast: https://youtu.be/ZkR928-tyJo

In order to see the text in the video, please use HD setting 720 or 1080.

Vance has also been working on dynamic correcting techniques, as posted here

This post contains an illustration of a similar correction method where the student happened to be following online, but the technique can be used asynchronously as well,

When watching videos on YouTube, always use the highest HD settings possible

The event took place in Google Hangout on Air, live-streamed on
Vance’s YouTube channel: 

Participants were invited to

Transcripts from the Hangout on Air and Chatwing text chats are available here:

Here are some links from those notes


Vance has documented how this was all set up in slides 1-13 at

Also, you might be interested in watching a 35 minute video that Dave and I (Vance) made the day before the event, where we worked out how we were going to do it:

Before the event, the following announcement was made to the spaces indicated below

Ever the innovative educator, David Winet has been using Screencastify to give students feedback on their writing dynamically in video. He reports that students “liked having the dynamic correction with webcam that Screencastify made possible.” He plans to demonstrate and discuss his technique in Google Hangout on Air starting Sunday Oct 11, 1400 UTC, and live streamed on Vance’s YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/vancestev. For further information on the event, such as a countdown to the time where you are, see http://tinyurl.com/learning2gether. Find there also a text chat where you can ask questions or troubleshoot any problems in real-time while the event is taking place, or link directly at http://chatwing.com/vancestev

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Wed May 10 1700 UTC Nahla Nadeem – Speak Up: Is blended learning even necessary?

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Janet Salmons

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Sat May 13 Connecting students to the world on Classroom 2.0

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Connecting Your Students with the World: Tools and Projects to Make Global Collaboration Come Alive, K-8
Presenters: Bill Krakower
Paula Naugle
Jerry Blumengarten

We are thrilled to welcome three amazing, connected educators as our special guest presenters to share their passion, experiences, and resources for: “Connecting Your Students with the World: Tools and Projects to Make Global Collaboration Come Alive, K-8” Billy, Jerry, and Paula connected to each other first online and then face-to-face at ISTE. For almost two years they met every Sunday evening in a Google Hangout with some other like-minded educators, to plan ways they could connect their students and do collaborative projects. During this webinar, you will learn how to make connections that will help you facilitate becoming a globally connected teacher and your students becoming globally connected learners. The trio will take you through starting with Mystery Location Calls, Mystery Number Calls, and other simple collaborative projects that take 15-20 minutes of time to doing more extensive collaborative projects that could last for an extended period of time. They have “been there and done it” and they even wrote a book about their experience and the projects they have done.

Bill Krakower is currently the Computer Technology Instructor, Gifted & Talented, STEAM Teacher for grades three and four. He is also a co-teacher of ELA for Special Education students at Beatrice Gilmore Elementary School in the Woodland Park Public School District in New Jersey. For the past ten years, Billy has served as Special Education Teacher, in the Inclusion setting, and Resource Room setting. Billy is the co-author of four books, “Connecting Your Students with The World,” “Using Technology to Engage Students with Learning Disabilities,” “140 Twitter Tips for Educators.” and “Hacking Google for Education”. @wkrakower

Paula Naugle lives in New Orlean, Louisiana where she teaches 4th graders ELA and social studies in a public school just outside of the city. She has taught for 42 years and is passionate about preparing her students for their futures as 21st-century digital citizens. While in her 4th grade her students use web tools such as Edmodo, Google Hangouts and Docs, and Seesaw. Paula is a Discovery Education STAR and member of the DEN Leadership Council of Louisiana, a Microsoft Innovative Educator, and one of the organizers for #edcampNOLA, and a host for Classroom 2.0 LIVE. @plnaugle

Jerry Blumengarten is a retired educator who taught in New York City, but he is probably best known as Cybraryman1 on Twitter. He is the curator of thousands of webpages where he says he is trying to catalog the internet for students, educators, and parents. He is passionate about helping others become connected educators. He does this through his participation in Twitter chats such as #edchat, #engsschat, #satchat, #4thchat, and more, and by keynoting around the country at conferences. Jerry is also a member of the Council of Peers of the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences and a commentator on BAM! Radio. @cybraryman1

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Friday May 19 1300 Brazil time Aline Pacheco on Teaching Aviation English

For our May webinar –next Friday, May 19, from 1 to 2 p.m. — we bring you Aline Pacheco, Associate Professor at PUC-RS.

Register now: bit.ly/btwebinars2017ap

Title: Teaching Aviation English: an Introduction

Abstract: Aviation personnel have specific language needs that can be quite challenging for English teachers. Those needs are closely related to aviation safety, the ultimate goal of Aviation English.

In this webinar, we are going to approach some basic assumptions of teaching Aviation English (AE), such as:

-key concepts/definitions
– the context of AE in the teaching scenario
-general guidelines: DOC 9835, language requirements, classroom material

Presenter’s bio: Aline Pacheco is an Associate Professor at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS). She holds a PhD in Language Studies from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics from PUCRS and a Bachelor’s Degree in Letters – English Language from PUCRS. She has been working as an English teacher for over 23 years. Currently, she works at the School of Humanities and the School of Aeronautical Science. Her major interests are teaching and learning English as a Foreign Language and Aviation English.

We look forward to seeing you all there!



Mon May 22 – Globaled.tv monthly webinar series on Conscious Communication: Choosing Words

Mon. May 22nd – 7pm EST
Conscious Communication: Choosing Words
​Applying self-awareness, openness, and sensitivity in social situations requires practice through communication with others. While engaged in dialogue, students must understand that not all communication will be easy or clear, and by taking ownership for their words and behaviors, they can demonstrate personal power by choosing what and how they communicate. Through the joining of English Language Arts and Social and Emotional Learning, students will participate in a series of role-playing exercises to practice strategies for conscious communication.

GlobalEd TV is a free, inclusive, and comprehensive webinar series which spotlights theories and best practices related to multiculturalism in schools and organizations all over the world. This 5-part series was hosted monthly by the Global Education Conference Networkthe Learning Revolution, and Know My World; and designed to inform educators, students, and parents about the role of cultural and global competence in education.

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This series will look at the foundations for providing students with the kinds of social and emotional attitudes needed to be effective global citizens, and it will explain and document real classroom projects that foster cultural identity, critical thinking, assumptions, communication and social responsibility. Every session will scaffold a learning path to build the appropriate attitudes for engaging in the world and with others. The culmination will be a social impact project for the local community. Each 1-hour session will feature a project being implemented in the diverse Know My World 3rd Grade Classroom in Taichung, Taiwan by educator and co-founder, Genevieve Murphy. Co-founder Lisa Petro will host the series and lead webinar participants through the project sequence, research behind each competency area and method, and share pre-recorded footage of students engaging in the instruction. At the end of each session, participants will receive a lesson sequence to replicate or modify in their classrooms.

Lisa Petro is a Curriculum Development Consultant and the Co-founder of Know My World, a Global Education Resource organization, which focuses in the development of Social, Emotional, Academic, and Cultural Learning (SECAL) through digital cross-cultural exchanges and integrated classroom projects. Lisa has designed Global Education curriculum and professional development workshops for teachers in the United States, Japan, Nepal, China, Mexico, Albania, Palestine and Taiwan with an emphasis on social/emotional learning and cultural competence in the classroom. Lisa continues to offer cross-cultural training in preparation for panel presentations at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women with girls and women from all over the world through The Grail NGO. She has also presented dynamic cross-cultural workshos at the East Asia Regional Conference for Overseas Schools in Thailand and China, Congreso de Preparatoria, Preparatorias del Tecnólogico de Monterrey, ITESM in Mexico, the State University of New York Multicultural Education Conference, The Global Education Forum, and the SUNY Collaborative Online Intercultural Learning.
http://www.knowmyworld.org and http://www.lisapetro.com.

Genevieve Murphy is a global educator who has taught students K-12 in the United States, Japan and Taiwan. She currently designs and teaches Social and Emotional Learning at the American School Taichung in Taichung, Taiwan. Genevieve has presented professional development workshops on social, emotional and culutral projects in the United States, Japan, Nepal, China, Thailand and will be presenting at the 2017 EARCOS conference in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. She is also the Global Development Director and co-founder of Know My World, a global educational resource that emphasizes social, emotional and cultural learning through digital exchange and integrated classroom projects.

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Thu June 1 1900 UTC for 3 hrs – Library 2.017 mini-conference on Digital Literacy and Fake News – hosted by Brian Alexander

The keynote panelists have been announced for the second of three Library 2.017 mini-conferences: “Digital Literacy + Fake News,” which will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, June 1st, from 12:00 – 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).
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In the first hour, Bryan Alexander will host our special opening panel discussion, joined by Mnar MuhaweshDoug Belshaw, and Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe. More information on each of them is below. They and our session presenters will look deeply at the foundational relationship of libraries and librarians to media, information, and digital literacy. Bryan will also give a closing keynote at the end of the three-hour mini-conference.

We invite all library professionals, educators, students, and others to provide input and participate this event. The call for session proposals is still open, and the currently accepted conference sessions are listed at the bottom of this post.

The Library 2.017 virtual mini-conference, “Digital Literacy & Fake News” was held on June 1st, and recordings of the keynotes and sessions are available. You need to be registered (free) and logged into the Library 2.0 network to view the recordings. We have also built a special page of curated resources and links, as a bonus to you for registering.

RECORDINGS: http://www.library20.com/digital-literacy-recordings

RESOURCE PAGE: http://www.literacy.digital.

Full information here, http://www.library20.com/page/library-2-017-digital-literacy-fake-news

Steve Hargon’s nexus of educator networks will hold a second of three Library 2.017 mini-conferences: “Digital Literacy + Fake News,” to be held online (and for free) on Thursday, June 1st, from 12:00 – 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

This event is being organized in partnership with futurist Bryan Alexander, who will serve as moderator for the opening panel and as the closing keynote speaker. Invited panelists and presenters will look deeply at the foundational relationship of libraries and librarians to media, information, and digital literacy. We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to provide input and participate this event.

This is a free event, being held online. 
to attend live or to receive the recording links afterwards.
Please also join the Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events.

What does “digital literacy” mean in an era shaped by the Internet, social media, and staggering quantities of information? How is it that the fulfillment of human hopes for a open knowledge society seem to have resulted in both increased skepticism of, and casualness with, information? What tools and understanding can library professionals bring to a world that seems to be dominated by fake news?

In this Library 2.107 mini-conference, we start with the foundational relationship of libraries and librarians to media, information, and now digital literacy, and then we ask some pointed questions. How should library and information professionals address the issues of fake news, propaganda, and biased research? What technical skills are required for critical thinking in the digital age? As learners increasingly move from just consuming information to also socially producing it, what are the new requisite skills of critical thinking and decision-making? What are appropriate uses for social media when conducting research? What is digital citizenship in a global, globally-diverse, and often globally-fragmented world? What work on digital literacy is available, what frameworks already support these efforts, what are the perspectives of the leading thinkers?

Participants are encouraged to use #library2017 on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor, and additional support has been provided by Follett. Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

We will have a limited number of slots for presenter sessions. The call for proposals is now open HERE. We encourage all who are interested in presenting to submit.

The sessions will be held in Blackboard Collaborate, and can be accessed live from any personal computer and most mobile devices. (To see if your system is already configured for Blackboard Collaborate, you can try entering the practice room at http://www.thepracticeroom.me. If you aren’t able to enter that room, see Behind the Blackboard Support.)

Registration will give you access to the live event and to the event recordings. An event reminder and additional connecting information will be sent just prior to the event.


Bryan Alexander
@bryanalexanderBryan Alexander is an internationally known futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education. He completed his English language and literature PhD at the University of Michigan in 1997, with a dissertation on doppelgangers in Romantic-era fiction and poetry. Then Bryan taught literature, writing, multimedia, and information technology studies at Centenary College of Louisiana. There he also pioneered multi-campus interdisciplinary classes, while organizing an information literacy initiative. From 2002 to 2014 Bryan worked with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), a non-profit working to help small colleges and universities best integrate digital technologies. With NITLE he held several roles, including co-director of a regional education and technology center, director of emerging technologies, and senior fellow. Over those years Bryan helped develop and support the nonprofit, grew peer networks, consulted, and conducted a sustained research agenda. In 2013 Bryan launched a business, Bryan Alexander Consulting, LLC. Through BAC he consults throughout higher education in the United States and abroad. Bryan also speaks widely and publishes frequently, with articles appearing in venues including The Atlantic Monthly, Inside Higher Ed. He has been interviewed by and featured in MSNBC, US News and World Report, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, Pew Research, Campus Technology, and the Connected Learning Alliance. His two most recent books are Gearing Up For Learning Beyond K-12 and The New Digital Storytelling.

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4 thoughts on “David Winet demonstrates using Screencastify to provide dynamic feedback on ESOL student writing

  1. In a comment to David Winet’s ” May 21, 2017 11:19 AM” video, a student asked a week ago: “Teacher I don’t understand when to use HAD. Can you tell me again?”
    I replied transcribing the relevant part, and explaining how to use the caption-generated transcript to find an exact point in a YT video.
    But why not just use the revision and comment functions in LibreOffice Writer or MS Word instead of producing a video students don’t have a grip on? Video could possibly be used for a final summarizing comment, though if it’s kept “short and sweet”, it could also be given in writing.
    I like your chance encounter on a Google doc. Maybe such encounters could be planned.

  2. Pingback: Vance and Bobbi Stevens, Domagoj and Marijana Smolčec, Dakota Redstone, Maha Abdelmoneim, and Mircea Patrascu present EVO Minecraft MOOC at SL MOOC 2017 | Learning2gether

  3. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You clearly know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos to your site when you could be giving us something informative to read?

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