Snagit is a screen capture and screencasting app. It allows users to capture images and video off their own screen, just as they view it on their own devices. Users can then add text, lines and shapes to images and save everything to their devices or upload them to Google Drive, YouTube and other locations. You don’t need the paid version, though. Snagit is available in a free Google Chrome extension. If you have the Google Chrome web browser, it can be installed and found as a little icon in the top right corner of the browser.
The good news: It's easier than ever to share your tablet, smartphone, or laptop display. The bad news: it's still not as easy as it should be, thanks for competing standards and evolving technologies.
We can flip the traditional model of instruction to help support all our students! We can get students to learn at home with engaging content and show them how to use web tools and apps to seek help. When our students come back to the classroom, they will have the foundational knowledge to add to discussions or complete activities. In this way, we maximize our class time to observe students using their knowledge and supporting them where they struggle. To discover the history of Flipped Classrooms, see this infographic. Below are tips, ideas, and a slide presentation (download the pdf) to help you flip your classes and ensure all your students know how to receive the individual help they need.
Results from the Faculty Focus survey indicate that the approach offers benefits over traditional lecture-style teaching. Nearly 75 percent of respondents witnessed greater student engagement, while almost 55 percent saw evidence of improved student learning. Separate majorities said students asked more questions and acted more collaboratively in the flipped environment. By placing students at the center of learning, flipped classrooms also let individuals move at their own pace. Students can watch and rewatch content when needed and design a schedule that adjusts to the demands of their busy lifestyle. Studying on their own time, they gain the ability to self-regulate their learning and derive meaning from content without guidance. Then, during in-classroom activities, they practice soft skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and communicating with peers.
Today's new media technologies have brought screencasting tools into the forefront for a multitude of innovative classroom creations (e.g., think-alouds, tutorials for the world, how-tos, etc.). Screencasting tools, like Jing, can be downloaded for free and can be used to make a movie-like recording of what is on the computer screen while capturing any audio taking place during the duration of the recording.
Explore this site to see how you might use screencasting--across disciplines--to foster creation, thinking, understanding, and engagement in your classroom.
In the world of technology, we are being introduced to new terms every now and then. Gone are the days when the students were taught with traditional techniques. Now, teachers have the opportunity to bring something new and exciting into their classrooms. A recent trend that has taken control of classrooms and has become the new favorite of the teachers is to flip their classrooms and expand their teaching lessons beyond. If you are a teacher and looking at ways to take your class on to next level, flipping is the trend you might end up liking.
As school kicks off for another year, an increasing number of teachers are ditching traditional teaching models for "flipped" classroom programs, which rely on engagement with online learning content at home.
In this episode I talk to an award winning elementary teacher who walks us through a flipped social studies lesson. Raised in Lawrence Kansas, Diana Bailey has taught elementary students for 12 years. Four years ago she began to utilize the Flipped Classroom model . During this time she has won the Unusually Excellent Educator Award and the Lawrence School District Teacher of the Year for 2014. As regional semi-finalist for the state of Kansas teacher of the year, her peers seek her out as a role model, for collaboration, and Flipped Classroom practices to implement in their own classrooms.
I remember in grad school one of my professors telling me, “You don’t really know a concept well until you teach it to others.” This is an idea that stuck with me throughout my teaching career. It is the whole notion of making the students the teachers – pushing kids into the creating phase of Bloom’s taxonomy, and also kicking it up a notch when they are teaching an audience the concept. Above all, equipping the students with the tech tools of Doceri and screencasting, the students are given a venue to teach others as well. It has given the opportunity for all students to become a reviewable, rewindable, and some-what anonymous teacher for both their classmates and a larger audience as well.
Multimodal tutorials are screencasts, or screencaptures of what is happening on your computer screen. There are two major types of information we will be capturing as we capture, build, and share these tutorials: static images (screencapture); or video walkthroughs (screencasts).
Teachers looking to flip their classrooms can explore a variety of tools. Screencasting is the process of recording what you are doing on your tablet or computer. It’s like taking a screenshot but includes audio and video recording too. In the flipped classroom screencasts can be used to create the video clips you ask students to watch before class to prepare for a lesson.
It's not about the video. I've said this before, but can’t repeat it enough: Teachers who embrace flipped learning need to think like architects, not video producers. It's tempting to become enamored by content creation -- after all, you want the lesson to hold visual appeal. But it's a mistake to become overly invested in your video’s "wow factor" at the expense of instructional integrity. The critical component of flipped learning occurs in the classroom itself -- how teachers pivot from the video's baseline content to deeper, more expansive targets and make room for students to investigate, evaluate, and apply new knowledge in creative ways.
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