In this week’s class, Alec shared a few of the tools out there for online “instruction creation”. There are SO many tools and more added all the time so we can’t be expected to be an expert at all of them BUT is there is a tool that can be used to provide meaningful instruction in an engaging way? This also needs to be easy enough for both the instructor to learn how to use and the student to utilize as well. I decided to explore the Chrome extension Screencastify to find out more about its features and how I think it could be used in the classroom. There is an easy to follow video about how to set up here.
Basically, Screencastify can be used to record your screen and your voice(or your own image with a webcam) so you can either create the content(slideshow, GoogleDoc, etc) then record yourself talking about it or you can find the content on the web and use it to capture the screen. There is also this helpful video I found which takes you through the steps to record your first video:
In the chapter from this week’s reading byTony Bates entitled 7.1 Thinking about the pedagogical differences of media
He suggested these 5 critical questions to ask about teaching and learning in order to select and use appropriate media/technologies:
- what is my underlying epistemological position about knowledge and teaching?
- what are the desired learning outcomes from the teaching?
- what teaching methods will be employed to facilitate the learning outcomes?
- what are the unique educational characteristics of each medium/technology, and how well do these match the learning and teaching requirements?
- what resources are available?
These questions should not only be asked before using technology but while using it as well as reflecting on it after the fact.
What is one tool that every teacher should know about?