Before/After Videos for Learning
So you want to make a screencast, but you don't have an iPad?
Here's what I call an iSight 'Screencast', yes it's not capturing a screen, and yes it's really just a form of video capture, but you get the idea.
In fact for the lesson I used, this is actually a better way to capture what kids can do than using a screencast, yes, I said it.
Before & After #1
The context for this activity was a Grade 4 maths lesson on using a protractor, I wanted to capture their technique, but I can't possibly watch all of the kids in real time at the same time, but a video cam can. Did I watch all 22 videos? No. Did I need to? No. Did the kids think I might? Yes. Did that spur them to do the best they could as if I or their parents would be watching, well, yes, I think it did (and their parents probably will).
Here's the simple setup:
|1 Macbook (with built in webcam), 1 piece of paper, that's it.|
Here's the lesson in 7 succinct snippets:
- Draw an acute angle on the board
- Show kids a protractor, tell them it's for measuring angles
- Tell them to make a short video* that shows how they think it works
- Watch them as they try this - look for at least one kids that can...
- Ask kids to upload their video to a shared space as soon as they're finished**
- Now show the class a good example from their peers.
- Now they go and try again, see of they can do better, or better still impress me! (not doing, the video shows what they were doing)
*They could use Photo Booth, but I advise using QuickTime, which easily allows the kids to flip the video once they've finished the recording, otherwise their work will appear upside down.
Before & After #2
Here's the student video I used to teach the kids this skill:
Protractor Student Demonstration from UWC South East Asia on Vimeo.
I love the fact that the angles they were measuring were actually harder than the conveniently rounded angle they saw demonstrated.
Finally, share their before/after videos on their Learning Journals, with a short reflection on their learning.
- Misconceptions captured? Yes
- Misconceptions addressed? Yes
- Evidence of learning? Yes
- Differentiation? Yes, the few kids who could do it the first time perfectly, went on to show how they could measure reflex/obtuse angles, etc.
A nice bonus is that as I have all of their before/after videos accessible online, I can review any of them at any time if I have any desire to check on a particular student's grasp of the skill.
Here's the student video I used to demo a correct method - perfect? No, so I used his few hiccups as a teaching opportunity, so you can be sure his second one was :)
**We use Google Drive