I loved the idea of capturing what’s on my computer screen accompanied by words. I have to admit when I began thinking about completing my own Screencast, I was a little intimidated. I am not the most confident when it comes to public speaking already, and having to record myself without making a mistake seemed overwhelming. I just shoved my fears aside and jumped right in. After downloading the software, I watch the informational video to get the gist of all that Jing has to offer. Once I felt comfortable, I just started practicing how to record and navigate on my computer. Soon I suddenly realized, that it’s good to have a plan written with ideas of things you want to talk about. Moreover, testing out the size of the screen to record and capturing an image started to become a little easier.
Richardson (2010) states, that although Screencasting is relativity new, it has great promise for use in classrooms. I can see myself using Screencasting for many things such as recording instructional videos, labs, and assignments for my students. In addition, there is great potential for students to use Screencasting, especially English Language Learners or students with diverse learning needs. Screencasting has many other benefits in the classroom such as narrating through a web quest or virtual field trips. If a student learn something for the first time and fear they may forget, they could easily make a screencast of what they did and go back to it when needed. I would love to use Screencasting for instructional purposes, such as teaching my students how to navigate MyEclass (Desire to Learn). This will come in handy for those who are homebound or have poor attendance. Most of the time these students can complete assignments independently, but need that initial guidance from their teacher. Screencasting enables students to click, navigate and find what they need without hassle or confusion.
Furthermore, I have created my very first Screencast on how to use now one of my favorite Web 2.0 tools Symbaloo. This instructional screencast explains the benefits of using the Web 2.0 tool and is presented in a quick easy way that anyone could follow. Changing the way we teach and the way students learn will have a great impact on collaboration and student directed learning. Moreover, I enjoy learning about technology and how we create and publish to the Read, Write/Web. As a transforming technology coach, using Internet tools has increased my confidence and responsibility to help teachers improves student achievement and learning while utilizing digital technology as the platform.
Richardson, W. (2010). Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for classrooms. (3rd ed.).Thousand Oak, California: Corwin