My experience with using a screecasting program like Snagit has been exiting, and I plan to continue using it throughout my career. This was my second time using Sangit this month; I made an introductory video for Educ 458. I’m glad I had a bit of experience with the program before this assignment, because the first time I used it, it took me a long time to figure some things out. At first, I had trouble with the microphone because my desktop doesn’t have an embedded one. Thank goodness my husband has the headphones that have the microphone, that he uses to play online games.
I really like this program because it’s very user friendly. I like the countdown before it starts to record, because it allows you to take a deep breath and relax a little before the presentation. I also like the fact fact that you can stop recording and resume recording at any time, without making the video sound choppy.
The first educational use of the screencasting program would be an introductory video on the first day of class. Students love to learn more about their teacher, and it also helps to break the ice. I would show pictures of my family and pets. I would show them the places I’ve traveled. I would show them pictures of where I grew up as a child. I also would share with them some of my dreams and goals from childhood. This would allow the students to warm up to me and see me as much more than just their teacher.
The second educational use would be to show videos on how to improve their math skills with different websites. I would show the safest websites for children. I would pick the ones that are very interactive and full of graphics, specially the ones explaining fractions and geometry.
The third educational use would be a video showing them my rules and expectations. The video would introduce them to positive re-enforcement techniques as a way to manage behavior. The students will learn how to earn points and rewards for good behavior. I would use animation with the help of goanimate.com; a website to create professional animation videos.
The fourth educational use would be to show them how to use graphic design programs, such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, so they can use them as presentation tools. They can learn how to take ordinary photos and enhance them by taking them out of the backdrop, or change the colors on them. They can learn how to create magazines, posters or pamphlets so they can present their work. They can even learn how to create websites using these programs.
The fifth educational use for the screencasting programs would be to create a video on emergency preparedness. It can include preparedness tips and guidelines for earthquakes and active shooters. It would include YouTube videos, websites with tips and information, and images.
I would use the following links on my screencast videos: