Recording Assessments in Year 4

Our professional learning community has changed some things for this coming year:

It looks like Keith Ozsvath has beaten me to the punch with a post on using Screencastify, but I'll still detail what we are doing:

Our district is 1:1 with Chromebooks for students in 5th-12th grade. Each of our ensembles has its own Google Classroom. In it, we have created an assignment for our 12-Week Assessment.


This particular assignment described for the students how to add Screencastify to their Chromebook. Students recording assessments in the context of a lesson with a teacher can use the Desktop or Tab recording feature. If students are recording assessments without a teacher, they need to use the webcam so we can correctly identify them.

Perhaps the best use of Screencastify was done unprompted by one of our own students for his jazz band audition. Students were provided with lead sheets and backing tracks from Jamey Aebersold's Volume 54: Maiden Voyage. They were asked to record one chorus of themselves performing the head. Students auditioning for the top ensemble were also asked to include at least one chorus of improvisation. This particular student used the Desktop recording feature with the embeded video cam. The settings look like this:


The result is a WebM video of the student's screen with a picture-in-a-picture overlay of their webcam. With the student's permission, here is his audition!


Burton Hable

Burton Hable is an instrumental music educator from Central Iowa. In 2013 he helped open Centennial High School in Ankeny, the first time in forty years that a school district in Iowa expanded to two high schools. He served there through 2018 as Assistant Director of Bands: conducting the 10th Grade Symphonic Band, directing the varsity Jazz Collective, co-directing the Centennial Marching and Pep Bands, teaching music theory, and providing individual and small group lessons to brass students in grades 6-12 at Prairie Ridge Middle School, Northview Middle School, and Centennial High School. During his tenure in Ankeny, enrollment in band grew from 450 to nearly 700, the jazz program expanded from four to seven ensembles, and ensembles under his direction were invited to perform at Iowa State University, Harper College, and the Veterans Day Parade in New York City.