Screencastify is a tool for recording, editing, and sharing videos. It can be used in the Chrome browser. It lets you record your screen, with drawings and highlighting clicks, and an option to have yourself in the recording.

Screencastify logo

Drew University has, as of this writing, a site wide license. 

Video Tutorials

First Time Set Up

Step 1 Install

Install the Screencastify extension in the Chrome browser

We recommend option 2, the Chrome web store.

Step 2 Sign In

Sign in with your Drew email address.

Note: If you don't see the extension, you might just have too many other extensions. Try using the keyboard shortcutAlt+Shift+S on Windows or Option+Shift+S on Mac - to open the extension and prompt the setup steps. 

You can also pin the extension by clicking the extension puzzle piece icon to expand the extensions menu, then making sure the pushpin icon for Screencastify is blue.

You will need to allow cookies for this site (some people have them blocked, either in Chrome settings and/or with an extension.)

Tip: If you want to follow the setup in Chrome using the Sign in With Google option, make sure you choose your Drew Google account

Step 3 Connect Google Drive

Connect your Google Drive.

This allows Screencastify to automatically save your recordings to your Drive - a safer place to store them than on your local computer.

Signing in with your Drew Google account takes care of this.

Step 4 Check webcam and mic

Check Screencastify's instructions for setting up your webcam and microphone.




You may need to click Next again.

Screencastify will ask you to introduce yourself. 

Now you're all set to use Screencastify!

Using Screencastify

Screencastify provides instructions here on recording and editing videos.

If you do not see the icon  in your browser, remember that you can hit the keyboard shortcut - Alt+Shift+S on Windows or Option+Shift+S on Mac - to open the extension. 

You can also pin the extension by clicking the extension puzzle piece icon to expand the extensions menu, then making sure the pushpin icon for Screencastify is blue.

Starting a recording

When you click on the Screencastify icon (or press the keyboard shortcut), you will see the following window pop up:

Note your choices along the top row for what you can record: a browser tab, your desktop, or just your webcam.

You can also turn your microphone on or off, and choose whether or not to have a small video of you in the corner of the screen during the recording. 

Press Record when you are ready to begin.

 You may be prompted to choose what you want to share. If you will be navigating between browser tabs and a file such as a PowerPoint, choose the desktop option. If you are only going to be sharing a specific app, like PowerPoint, feel free to share only that Application Window. After you click on your selection, choose Share.

Ending a Recording

Click the icon and press the Stop button, or use the Alt+Shift+R (Option+Shift+R) keyboard shortcut. This same shortcut will start a recording!

After you end a recording, you will be taken to the video's details page. We highly recommend taking the tour the first time to see some of the things you can do with the video right away!

Change the name of your recording right away to make it easier to find the one you need. This is especially useful if you do multiple takes, or are interrupted before finishing your editing!

If you are using the auto-save to Google option, consider organizing the Google Drive folder. You can create subfolders for different classes, for example, and move the videos to the right folders from your Drive interface (or mobile phone, if you've have the app set up).

Reviewed June 14, 2023

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