Every day our students and our teachers engage in learning through a variety of media. This Tech Tuesday concentrated on using video in the classroom to review a concept, demonstrate a skill or to increase knowledge.
What tools and how can we use them to make the curriculum come alive were discussed and demonstrated in this hands-on session.
Here’s a list and descriptions of possible tools that one can use:
- Screenr – screencasts that can be downloaded or even tweeted with up to 5 minutes in length.
- Screencast-o-matic – automatic screencasts, no download necessary. My favorite due to its ease of use.
- Jing – instant screenshots and screencasts. HelpDesk must download it for you.
- Animoto Edu – create videos and presentations using images, video clips, music and text.
- Go!Animate – a place to make your cartoons come alive!
During the session, participants were excited about the ease of use with Screen-o-matic overlaying Smart Notebook slides. Teachers were interested in using this screen and audio capturing tool to relay pertinent information to students who needed a review of the notes taken or who were absent. They liked the simplistic nature of the tool and that it could easily be used by them or even their students. As well, the recording can be uploaded to a class website.
– Make a video introduction to a topic.
– Ask students to make a “movie like trailer” for the book, chapter or part in a textbook they just read. They could use powerpoint, Notebook slides, Google presentation and then add a screencast with narration.
– Instructions on how to problem solve a particular mathematical problem.
– Give out a critical challenge to students to complete.
How could or have you used a screencast in your class/school?