Tag You’re It
Hello and welcome! This page was designed to help you learn a free and easy tool that will allow you to better communicate the things you do on your computer.
- Do you use a computer?
- Do you ever need to teach someone or share something that you are doing on your computer?
- Do you ever have a question about something that is happening or not happening on your computer?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, you should take a few minutes and learn how to screencast, and Screencast Tag is a game we started to help motivate you to give it a try. If you are not screencasting now, learning how will change the way you communicate. Just so you know, this assignment was originally created as part of a faculty development course on screencasting offered at Valencia. But we soon realized that this skill could be used to help admins share with admins, deans talk to faculty, students talk to faculty and other students, and more. So, if you live and work and the 21st century, it is time you learned a little about screencasting, and this game and the video and steps below will get you started. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below. or just send me an email. Here are the rules of the game.
1) You must immediately respond to the person who tagged you and say “The Game Is On” and that you have chosen either the Challenge Option or the Quick Start Option.
Challenge Option: make and send your own tag screencast to 3 others within 24hrs of being tagged. Your screencast must include the names of the people you are tagging, the rules of the game, and a way for them to freely and easily learn about screencasting (i.e. Link them to a website, share a training video, or even offer your own instructional services). This is the creative option, how you design the video is up to you!
Quick Start Option: Forward the video above (here is the link if you need it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm8ix_BDFGQ ) or whichever video tagged you to 3 others and buy yourself an additional 72hrs (giving you a total of 96hrs to finish the game). Then, learn how to screencast and make and share a screencast with the person who tagged you and the three people you tagged. It doesn’t have to be a perfect screencast, just one that proves that you are working on it.
2) Have fun and do your best to be clever with the way you tag people. Sneak it in where they are least expecting it.
Free & Easy Screencasting with Screencastify
There are many tools that you can use to screencast. Some are free, some are expensive. If you already know how to screencast with Jing, Screencast-o-matic, Camtasia, or some other tool, feel free to use those tools to play this game. If you have never screencasted before, and you are looking for a tool that is easy to use and free, you might want to check out Screencastify.
Step 1 – Make sure you have and are running the Google Chrome Browser. Screencastify, the app we are recommending for this game is a free install in Google Chrome, moreover, because you are logged into Google, you will also have access to your YouTube account for if you decide to put your videos on YouTube. Click here to download the free browser if you don’t already have it.
Step 2 – Make sure you have a Google (Gmail) account. Just in case you didn’t know, once you have a Google account, you also have a Google Drive (a free cloud storage space for all of your videos) and a YouTube account for when you are ready to really step of your video screencasting game. If you don’t have a Google/YouTube account, click here or watch the video below.
Step 3 – Make sure you are using a computer with a web camera and a microphone. At the very least you will need a microphone on your computer so that you can record your voice. If you are a Valencia professor, you can borrow these tools at any of our CTLI labs.
Step 4 – Log into Google Chrome. Go to the Google Chrome Store and get Screencastify and then connect your Screencastify to your Gmail account (which will automatically connect it to your YouTube Account).
Not sure what to screencast first? Why not try a Where’s Waldo? Below you will find two images. The first one is pretty easy. The second one should give you more of a challenge.