I envision students creating their own webpages and sharing with others via screencasting as they point out aspects of their webpage. I believe it would provide greater engagement and purpose to the learning. Students enjoy recording their voices, and adding that to their projects with the intent to share would create greater motivation to create an excellent product. Other student products, such as PowerPoints can be explained or narrated as well as a “show and tell.”
This would be an excellent tool for recording student tutorials on any topic that needs further explanation. The completed screencasts could then be linked on Edmodo or a class webpage for student access. Additionally I believe screencasting would be of great use in creating “flipped” classroom resources for student viewing outside the classroom. Screencast.com contains a library for storage for the screencasts created, however if they are uploaded to a teacher’s webpage they can be accessed that way. As we use Web tools with students, and have them creating projects using these tools, screencasts to step them through the basics or confusing parts of the web tool would be very beneficial.
My screencast produced in conjunction with this Module (see below) is an example of this as I step students through some basics on getting started with Edmodo. Finally, I believe screencasting will be useful in designing and delivering professional development within our school. Training teachers on various web tools would an example. Also, our frequently used systems change, and a screencast with voice annotations would be most beneficial to point out and explain those changes. This would be a refreshing change as opposed to having teachers figuring things out on their own.
A down side might be the limited video time with the free account, and embedding the videos from Screencast.com does not work easily or consistently from my experience. I agree that it would be a good idea to have files or links handy (minimized) before beginning for quick access, and that a storyboard be created prior to the recording and used to keep it moving along as planned. All in all, I believe that it is will be a useful tool, and I will be incorporating it into my instruction.
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