Three days ago, the mounting frustration finally escaped in the form of a proposal. As a veteran podcaster–and reluctant vidcaster–I found myself despairing at the thought of asking tech-newbie teachers in Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) situations to create flipped classroom content using a wide variety of classroom technology available in their classrooms.
What if, I wondered, we could provide teachers with an easy to use creation tool that integrates perfectly with existing district programs? In my mind, I pictured a jumble of technologies that would be replaced by the iPad as a creation tool for generating BYOT/blended learning content…it’s on the fact that there are so many disparate tools to combine to get the desired result.
To give you an idea of the varied technology needed to create with, let’s itemize the hardware and software list:
- Desktop or laptop computer, Windows or Macintosh.
- Microphone, USB Logitech if you’re lucky or serial mic that may or may not work
- Digital Camera with SD Card
- Digital video camera
- Software Possibilities: Again, remember having to learn how to use each of these separate tools to create one product.
- Computer operating systems range from WinXP to Windows 7, Mac OS X.4 to X.8.
- Audacity, if people know how to use it. (Free)
- Moviemaker, various versions
- PhotoStory, but no one is sure it’s installed
- Screencast-o-Matic (free), SnagIt ($20), or Camtasia Studio ($179)
- Audio/Video drivers may or may not be current
This is pretty startling. While this was cutting edge 10 years ago, with better alternatives available, it is safe to characterize it as a confusing mess of aging technology and software. Learning to use the individual tools–hardware, then software–is daunting for most teachers. What to do?
FINDING AN ALTERNATIVE
So, what’s the alternative? Throw all that stuff away and use an iPad. Really, why bother with all that?
One of the most valuable tools afforded by iPads is the ability to screencast — to combine audio, images, drawing and text on a whiteboard to create a video. Given the multitude of outputs afforded by this one type of app, what if we focused on accelerating learning through a single tool? Source: Redefining Learning through Screencasting
If I want to create a video for blended learning (e.g. Flipped Classroom) that can be easily embedded on the web, then consider the workflow that works in my district:
- Make a slideshow in Explain Everything ($1.50) or Educreations (free)
- Publish that narrated slideshow–which can have embedded web pages, images, slides from PPT, etc.–to your iPad’s Camera Roll.
- Publish from iPad Camera Roll to District PHP Motion solution.
Other districts that are allowing YouTube access for students (mine does not), can simply take advantage of a 2 step approach:
- Make a slideshow in Explain Everything ($1.50) or Educreations
- Publish that narrated slideshow–which can have embedded web pages, images, slides from PPT, etc.–to YouTube, or cloud storage solution (e.g. Dropbox, Drive, Box.net).
The redefinition (what I consider the magic!) leveraged by student screencasting comes from unintended and unprompted activities, conversations, and artifacts of learning. For example, in the classrooms where I have been conducting research on student screencasting, one of the most remarkable and consistent unintended outcomes was that students, no matter how young or old, and no matter what discipline, intrinsically reflected, self-assessed, and adjusted their articulation of understanding. Even when the screencasts were being made for an audience of zero, this phenomenon occurred. None of the teachers involved in the study ever instructed students to play back their screencasts or make revisions. The students just did it.
Source: Reshan Richards,
Source: Reshan Richards, Explain Everything creator as quoted in Redefining Learning through Screencasting
Here’s one possible proposal…would YOU approve this proposal? What are the flaws with my thinking in this blog post?
Proposal for iBYOT:
Professional Learning would focus around these topics at first:
- Intro to BYOT
- Crafting Professional Learning Networks
- Device Neutral Apps
- Virtual Classrooms with Edmodo
- Flipped Classroom Learning
- Allocate $80K for BYOT Teacher Initiative.
- BYOT iPad Package Cost: $670 = ($575 for 32gig iPad+$45 case+$45 per display adapter+ $1.50 for Explain Everything app).
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