Screencasting & More

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Screencasting is a Teacher Trick that should be in every teacher’s toolkit. Simply put, screencasting is recording your computer screen while recording your voice to make a video that can be shared with others. You can make instructional videos, feedback videos, showcase videos, interactive videos and more. While there are many tools that teachers can buy for screencasting, there are now some really great ones that are free and play right in the browser. Below, I have put a quick introduction to Screencastify which is a plug in for the Google Chrome browser. This tool lets teachers and students make screencasts and easily share them to their Google Drive accounts or to their Youtube accounts. Enjoy!

If you are viewing this page before the session dates below, we hope you will click on one of the RSVP links and join us; it is going to be fun. Of course, if you are viewing this page after coming to the session, you know all about how you can use this page as your outsourced memory; please share it with others. For those of you landing here after the fact wishing you hadn’t missed it, please know that this Circles session can always be brought back as a Circles Rewind, just talk to your campus’s  friendly faculty fellow to find out how. For those of you who did attend, we hope you had a good time exploring new strategies for helping your students to better learn and interact with your content? This month, Circles prepared some hands-on fun and had participants learn about and test out some non- digital and digital strategies, what we call brick-n-click strategies, for helping you and your students better learn, present, and connect with ideas. Don’t let the graphic above fool you. Those of you who attended know that this session was far from Death-by-PowerPoint. Instead, we got some hands on with PechuKachu, Screencasting basics, Movenote and more. Again, if you are reading this page before the session, it is not too late to come and join us. Remember, this year we are offering two Circles a month on East, West, and Osceola campuses. If you would like, feel free to RSVP to any of the available links below, and as always, you are welcome to join us at any of our campus sessions. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your campus’s friendly faculty fellow: James May (East & Winter Park), Karen Cowden (West), Steve Cunningham (Osceola & Lake Nona).

The Videos

Brick & Click Strategies

For our brick strategy this month, we brainstormed ways to use the Pecha Kucha format with students. Why present content, when you can ask your students to present content? Simply give students a set of images, the rules for presenting them and a specific time limit, and let them research and put together a presentation to teach you what they are learning about your content. Of course,  a traditional Pecha Kucha is 20 slides with 20 seconds per slide on auto-run for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds (Click here to learn more about Pecha Kucha Orlando). Don’t have that much time? What about giving students 5 key images, with 10 seconds per slide and asking them to demonstrate their mastery in just under a minute? This strategy promotes active learning, and can be fun to assess. For our click strategy this month, we combined the power of Pecha Kucha with the slidecasting/screencasting capabilities of Movenote. Movenote is an easy to use application for computers, pads, and smart devices. All you have to do is upload your content (images, PDFs, PowerPoints), press record, and narrate as you click through the slides. The program then syncs everything together for you and makes a Movenote movie you can easily share via a link, or you can even embed it into a Blackboard class, blog, or webpage. Want to have some fun??? Assign students to learn Movenote, ask them to take pictures of important things and ideas that are discussed in class.  Then, have them narrate a “What Did I Miss” or “A+ Movenote summary” that can be shared with other students. Click here to learn more about Movenote.

Good Reads

Each month in preparation for our Circles, the Circles team reads through a variety of things to help us better prepare to share new ideas and classroom innovations with you. At the request of Circles participants, we have added this Good Reads section to your “Outsourced Memory.” We have done this to make it easy for you to click on the titles of articles we reference in our conversations. Please Note: To get access to these links, you will need to be a student, teacher, or faculty member in the Florida library system with access to LINCCWeb. If you are at Valencia, easiest way to verify this, is to open another browser window and log into Atlas. Then, when you click on the links below, they should open as readable PDFs for you. Enjoy!

And More

Click on the image below to get a copy of the handout we used. Below that, we have attached the screen shots we used for our Pecha Kucha activity. And, last but not least, here is a link to an article that may be of interest from Educause, 7 things you should know about screencasting.

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