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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Introduction to Edusharer as a web camera recording tool

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 Edusharer can facilitate communication among teachers, students, parents, staff and the Jewish community around the globe through web camera recordings.

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.

Note: Although Edusharer can be applied in the Judaic Studies blended learning classroom, it can be also be used for training pre-service and in-service Jewish educators for professional or staff development. It is our hope that Jewish educators around the globe will form an online community of practice, a CoP, a group of people who share an interest, a craft, and/or a profession, to enhance the delivery of instruction and training of Jewish educators. For example, here is a CoP you might want to join. 

Note: Edusharer can also be used in a face to face classroom.

Where is  Edusharer  located on the web?

What is a web camera recording? (my script for the Edusharer web camera recording)

Shalom Chevre:

This is Richard Solomon and this is a demonstration showing how Edusharer can be used as a web camera recording tool.

First let’s define a web camera recording

A web camera recording is a visual and auditory recording of oneself speaking to the camera on a computer or some other video recording device. Sometimes a picture or video conveys meaning better than words. Consequently, let me demonstrate what a web camera recording looks and sounds  like.

Now a web camera recording is different from a screen recording or screen cast because with the web cam recording I am recording myself speaking to the camera, and not  showing that which is on my computer screen. In other words if I were to do a screen recording you would not see me, instead you would see my computer screen displaying that which is on my screen like a website, a student assignment, or a procedure for using a web tool. However, with a screen recording you might hear my voice explaining what you see on my computer screen. With a web camera recording you only see me talking to you as I am doing right now.

For what educational purposes can a web camera recording serve?

  • Provides a visual and auditory explanation of some content or concept
  • Provides an introduction to a lesson or training event
  • Serves as an anticipatory set for a lesson
  • Serves as a prompt for an in class or online conversation
  • Provides a review of a lesson or training event that a student or teacher had missed
  • Provides a summary or closure for a lesson or training event
  • Serves as a stimulus for reflection
  • Empowers students and teachers to make their own web camera presentations
  • Serves as a communication channel to answer student and collegial questions

This is my demonstration on how Edusharer can serve as a webcamera recording tool for Judaic instruction and teacher training.


Note: The script above was the one  I used for the web camera recording placed on Edusharer.

Click here to see and hear this web camera recording on Edusharer.

On the next post we will discuss Facebook as a web camera recording tool. 

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