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Back to School: New Screencastify Technology Helps to Prioritize Teacher and Student Safety

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Author: Linda Sheets

Amid everchanging information - and following many months outside of the classroom- students, teachers and parents alike are chomping at the bit for schools to reopen this fall. The question on the minds of many is, how this can happen safely with COVID-19 cases rising around the country?

Decisions about how schools will reopen, and in what capacity, have been steered by school districts, state officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That said, there remains to be an inundation of un-unanswered questions and mounds of conflicting information released on a near daily basis.

What About Teacher and Student Safety?

Many of these decision-makers are largely prioritizing the emotional and social development of healthy children, which leaves older teachers and students with immune vulnerabilities who are far more susceptible to the dangers of virus in the dust. 

Emerging Technology

Fortunately, emerging Technologies like Screencastify, which can be used to record screens via chrome and provides education resources for teachers, are stepping in to bridge the gap between interactivity and safety. 

“As COVID-19 forced classrooms virtual in the Spring of 2020, the emergence of EdTech usage accelerated at a rate no one could’ve predicted,” said Screencastify CEO James Francis. “With the recent announcements of most nationwide classrooms going entirely virtual or some hybrid version of in-person and virtual, there is no doubt that technology in and out of the classroom is here to stay.”

Here’s How it Works

Screencastify is designed as a simple video creation tool for teachers and students. Millions of teachers currently use Screencastify to record, edit and share videos. The tool enables teachers to make learning more personal and supplement a blended learning model.

When using the chrome browser, the platform is used to record lessons, assignment solutions, explanations and can even incorporate verbal student feedback within videos. After recording, videos can be edited, as desired. 

Many teachers are touting the technology as a resource for time saving and some are even utilizing it to better connect with parents outside of the classroom.

Say Goodbye To Paperbacks

In addition to a shift in the way kids are taught, the materials teachers use to teach might also look a bit more tech-oriented. A recent poll actually revealed 75% of educators believe digital content will replace textbooks by the year 2026. Additionally VR, gamification and mobile EdTech are emerging to market.

The Takeaway

Regardless of how back to school looks in the months to come, there is one thing that will indefinitely ring true. Education during and post-pandemic will not look the same and emerging technology is going to play a key role in getting everyone back in the classroom safely.

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