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Show what you know



Making student thinking visible is an important part of making meaning and connections across content. Understanding how students approach a task and being able to share solutions with their peers is valuable across the curriculum. Screencasting and working through problems is an engaging way for students to show you and their classmates what they know and give students a chance to flip a lesson and show their expertise. Allowing students to visualize their learning enhances learning experiences and allows for deeper connections to be made. 

Using the screencast feature in WeVideo, students will record their screens and walk themselves and their classmates through a problem to make their thinking visible. Students may also have the chance to lead a lesson in order to help their classmates work through a problem or issue.

Keywords: Getting started, problem solving, communication

Good for: Individual work, first video projects

Grade level: K-12

Skill Level: Beginner


Student Instructions

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Jump into this assignment and get started screencasting. Screencasting allows you to record a video of your entire screen, a specific window, or a tab. Anything you do on the screen will be captured by the recording, this includes scrolling, clicking, and any typing or drawing you might do. If you need specific instructions to get started, follow these steps: 

  1. In the editor select the record button located above the media library
  2. Choose video and then select “screen”
  3. Once you have selected “screen” you will be asked to choose an audio source. 
  4. Next, you will be asked to share a screen, window, or tab. Choose a specific window or tab
  5. Once you have selected the tab or window you will cast, your recording will begin.
  6. When you are finished recording. Click stop sharing which will appear at the bottom of the screen/window/tab you are sharing. 
  7. If you need to re-record, click “record again” and try again. 
  8. Once you are satisfied with your recording, click “save” and your screencast will be saved to your media library.
Lesson planning support

Tips to help your instruction in this activity or help to get you started!

  • Build screencasting into your everyday classroom routines by having students show their work or lead a lesson  using video rather than the traditional ways of using a slate, whiteboard, or smart board

  • Screencasting can also be used as a moment of reflection as students show their thinking on video

  • Use this opportunity to let students lead. Flipping the lesson and allowing students to teach their classmates is a fun and empowering way for student voice to shine. 

  • Students can create instructional videos for their classmates by adding additional features within the Classroom editor such as titles, text, transitions, and audio.


Technical Skills

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Academic Skills

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21st Century Skills

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  • Use the record button to share their screen.

  • Practice narrating over a screen recording

  • Communicate across multiple contexts

  • Attend to precision in problem solving 

  • Make their thinking visible by both visually showing and verbally reflecting on the process of problem solving or working through an issue

  • Creatively share their processes

  • Understand how information is communicated to others 

  • Practice precisely delivering content so that it is understandable by others.

Getting Started: This is a great activity to get you started in making screencasting a part of your classroom routines that help empower students to make choices on how they get to share what they know to you and their classmates. This activity applies across the curriculum and subject matter disciplines and works with all ages and grades. 

Problem Solving: Individual or collaborative problem solving and the generation of multiple solutions is a higher order thinking skill that can be difficult to make visible. Screencasting and allowing students to teach others what they know helps develop those thinking skills and makes learning and knowing more visible. 

Communication: Using video to share thinking is a creative way to enhance a students communication ability with their classmates. Through screencasting, students gain valuable presentation skills and learn how to clearly and efficiently explain their problem solving processes or critical understandings of a topic or subject.

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