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Monday, May 23, 2011

Introduction to Screen Recording or Screen Casting Web-Based Tools

When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically tested best practices, and demonstrate how these best practices can be applied in the real (i.e. physical) and virtual (i.e. online) classroom for both teaching and teacher training. The combination of face to face instruction in a physical setting and online learning is called blended learning. In this section of the blog we will describe how the internet can serve as a supplemental resource for instruction and the mentoring of pre-service and in-service Jewish educators. In this post we will discuss how screen recording also called screen casting can enhance Judaic instruction and the mentoring or training of pre-service and in-service of Judaic educators.

Assumption: The teacher or mentor teacher has a interactive white board (i.e. SMART Board, Promethean, etc.), a Tablet PC (also called a Slate or Blade), a computer presenter or computer with internet access attached to an LCD projector in the classroom. It would be ideal if students or mentees had access to their own laptop computers or Ipads as well.

What is screen recording or screen casting?

Beth Kanter in

A screencast is a movie that captures the display from a computer screen along with someone talking about what’s being shown. This might take the form of a formal narrated Powerpoint presentation, a software demo, or an informal walk-through of a particular concept.
Some of the best screencasts are folksy, intimate experiences that feel as if you were sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with a friend. As screencasts often contain impromptu discoveries by the narrator, or even small mistakes, they can be more approachable — and thus more effective — than glitzy packaged instructional videos. A good screencast projects an image of transparency, trust, and authenticity.

How can screen recording or screen casting strengthen Judaic instruction and teacher training?

Screen recording or screen casting can:

  • Provide a visual and auditory demonstration of how to use some computer software or hardware for the student or teacher
  • Provide a review of a lesson or training event that a student or teacher has missed
  • Provide a summary or closure for a lesson or training event
  • Provide an introduction to a lesson or training event
  • Serve as a stimulus for reflection
  • Serve as a prompt for an in class or online conversation
  • Empower students and teachers to make their own presentations or tutorials
  • Serve as a communication channel to answer students and collegial questions

On the next post we will introduce our first web-based screen recording or screen casting tool, Jing.

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