Building a tutorial with screen capture!
Tutoring and Teaching using screen capture
In the classroom, time management is essential. Of course, there will always be the student who asks, "how do we do this again??"! If you are using a screen capture software such as Screencast-o-matic, it allows the students to go back to the original instructions to view them as many times as they would like until they understand. It also frees up the teacher to continue to teach the lesson without interruption.
I think this software can be used by people of all ages as the subject of the tutorial are endless. I can show you how to tweet, open up and use various programs, or use various websites through the use of this tutorial! Not only can you see the instruction but you are able to hear my voice instructing you. This is a gem of a tool for teachers. You don't even have to be in the room and leave all your instructions and the lesson in a screen capture. Now the sub is off the hook ... and the students will have to be responsible to complete the lesson while you are gone!
How to use this gadget can be found here:
This week had been very hip -- for an educator! Our UA Tech class took the plunge into the world of Twitter! I sorta feel the need for a cup of Starbuck's coffee when I use the social media...but seriously...
Twitter is a social media that is world wide phenomenon that interlinks people from every back ground imaginable. The trick is to "follow" people. This means that you are interested in a what a certain person might be saying or posting on twitter. For a novice like myself, I am very happy that we were able to go through the process of following people through the suggestions of our instructor, Garth Holman. This saved a lot of time! What was even better is that Mr. Holman gave us a tool that has us connected with people around the world that are educators. There are teachers, administrators, and professors alike that are now in my twitter feed. I would have never imagined to use this to network myself in such a ways because, frankly, I didn't even think this type of thing existed! The bottom line is that twitter can be a very valuable tool for any educator out there looking to network and share each other's ideas and thoughts on what works or doesn't work in a classroom. It is important to have a Personal Learning Network (PLN) as a new educator. There are those who I can learn from and begin to develop my style of teaching by learning what has worked for others. It cannot be under estimated that this tool can bring a wealth of knowledge. What an excellent resource to have!
Dean Shareski actually replied to my twitter account when I followed him:
Thanks for the follow. If you've got 90 seconds, this explains a lot. http://bit.ly/sjlUCA
Over 100 Ways to use Twitter in the Classroom!
...a teacher certified in AYA Integrated Social Studies