What can I say about this little jewel. Last year I took part in a Technology Leadership Forum for our District and was out once a month, I presented at a conference and took our Model UN team to several conferences. So I was out of my classroom a lot and did not want my students to miss a lot of instruction. So I started screen casting. I record several days’ worth of lessons just as though I would be in classroom. I would include any material we would cover and record all instructions/directions. The students felt I was there with them and it was a normal day. I thought it would be funny to include "stop talking" every now and then but never did it. My co-teacher told me one day, the students actually tried to ask me a question like we were skyping.
Along with recording lessons, the tools can be used to record additional lessons for to review later or if you have centers created with different tasks at each center. An excellent way for differentiation.
I have used both Jing and Screencast-O-matic. Both are great tools; however I love Screencast-O-matic direct updates to YouTube and Drop box.
I created a screen cast below and included part of one of the screen cast lessons I did last year.
10/22/2013 09:22:37 am
What a great way to use Screencasting!!! I hadn't really thought about using it while a teacher was absent, but that is a wonderful idea! I had thought about it being used for the students that are absent on any given day, but not the teacher. I love hearing that it works; apparently if the students are on task and the sub says they are and the work gets completed it definitely works.
10/23/2013 09:21:41 am
10/27/2013 10:58:36 am
I love the idea of screen casting lessons for students to view while you were out. As an educator I'm the first to say that I don't leave a lot of material where the sub has to actually teach just because I don't feel comfortable doing it. But by not leaving material that needs to be covered I feel like students are losing a day of instruction. Screen casting is a great way to teach and for students to learn while you are out! Did you use Jing or Screen-O-Matic for your screen casting?
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