My colleague Kristin just sent me this neat 2-minute video on vodcasting.
You'll see they are using vodcasts of the lecture part of a lesson for kids to watch at home as homework, or rather pre-homework, and then spend the time in the classroom with the teacher to actually DO, experiment, ask questions, apply knowledge, etc.
I'd love to hear from anyone who has tried this!
This vid is FANTASTIC! It aligns with my philosophy perfectly. Sometimes I wish I had students who were on this level. The possibilities would be endless to do this kind of teaching. My students are very different. They work on a much lower level and the majority do not have a computer at home. This is sad, but not tragic. You see, I started doing "lesson starters" last year. It is the same concept, but they have to view the video before the lesson in class. That way, everyone gets to watch it (computer or no computer).
After doing this for the past year, I have found it works wonders. Rather than being in a "teacher in front of the class explaining the project" kind of mode, I just turn on the video and let it roll. The kids respond by being much more attentive and seem to learn quicker.
I created a YouTube channel in which I place my lesson starters. It is so handy and the collection is growing. I even created a "character" who is in some of my videos. She is "Little Wizzee". For some reason the kids like her more than me (it is me in some kind of awful wig). LOL
Anyway, I think this is the way to go. Teacher as facilitator, tutor, etc. Doing things like this allows the kids to feel empowered. In my case, if they don't like the lesson, I blame Little Wizzee!! LOL
Here is an example of what I am talking about. This is a simple vid to start a low level ceramics unit.
I love doing this and can't wait until I do MORE and my collection grows!!
I enjoyed your demonstration on You Tube. It's great for students who are visual learners. Students who are auditory leaners do they enjoy this type of learning as well? I use DVD's and Videotapes when teaching as my content area is American Sign Language and this of course is devoid of voice. My students who are auditory learners have adapted to this method and seem to enjoy it as well. I videotape students to help them make corrections with their signs and their videos serve to help others in class as well. It empowers the students to take an active role in their learning of this foreign language.
I have not vodcasted, but I would love to introduce this method of instruction. My Textbook has some pre-made videos. I joined Vusafe since my school blocks utube, but I still do not know where to get started? What equipment would I need? Video camera, video editing software,...??
The teacher in the video, Aaron Sams, and Jonathan Bergmann have a YouTube Channel called Learning4Mastery. I skimmed through it and at first glance didn't see a video that helps other teachers model what they're doing, but I bet there's one in there.
Apparently there are vodcasting conferences now too!
I'll continue to check it out. Please share if you find an instructional video (and I'll do the same...).
Hi Patricia (and others!):
I have not done a terrific amount of vodcasting - or podcasting - myself, but enough to be able to work with teachers on the subject. One of the staff members in my cooperative has done much more and I may try to have him provide some additional information. First, vodcasting, as you may know, is interchangeable with "video podcasting," and, generally, the only difference between podcasting and vodcasting is the use of video. Therefore, you will also find a good deal of information related to vodcasting by searching for information on podcasting. Hope that makes sense. I'll use the term podcasting generically for both audio and video.
If you are looking for a good, basic, tutorial on what is podcasting, try the Commoncraft video, "Podcasting, in Plain English." There are hundreds of tutorials out there on using various software or online products to create a podcast with or without audio.
That being true, the first step is really to pick the software you want to use to actually create the podcast. Again, you have many choices. For an audio-only podcast, you can use any audio recording software. A great, free product is Audacity which is available for the Windows or Macintosh platforms. If you have a built-in microphone on your computer, you can use that along with the Audacity software and you are all set to create the recording for a basic podcast. For better audio quality, you can use an external microphone.
If you want to include video, then you need a video camera to capture the video you want to use, a screen capture program if you want to capture images of your screen and video editing software to edit everything together. (you might also use your audio editing software to create the audio track). Many PC's have a built-in video camera that might work, but you may well need an external camera. There are many "flip" type cameras available at a relatively low cost that work well. You will need to import the video from the camera to your PC. If you need to capture screen shots, there is a program called Jing that works well and is available for both the Windows and Macintosh platforms. There are others as well. Editing the video and saving it can be done with iMovie on the Macintosh platform and a free, open-source program called CamStudio on Windows.
Now that you have created the audio and/or video content for your podcast, you need to make it available to people to see. Again, there are many ways to do this. The most simple is to use a podcasting service such as PodBean or something similar. PodBean is one of the few to still have a free version and the paid versions are relatively inexpensive. PodBean (and similar services) allow you to upload your content and provide a site and "feed" for you to share it with others. It also includes iTunes integration so that you can have your content appear in iTunes if you so desire.
I know that sounds like a lot of work, but it really is pretty easy. Here is a quick summary of the steps...
To find more information, go to your favorite search engine and type in "_____ podcast tutorial." Fill in the blank with the name of the software you want to use to create your podcast. It really is easy and I encourage everyone to give it a try. Use the free tools I've mentioned above for your first try and then move into more advanced tools if you find you need them.
Hope that helps and good luck. Be sure to let us all know how it goes and ask more questions if you have them.
I agree that this form of teaching is incredible and believe the day will come when it becomes commonplace. My concern using this method currently is whether or not the teacher can actually require students to view the video from home. What if the student doesn't have a computer or is not permitted on the Internet? One way around it for now would be to create video tutorials and have them on the teacher's webpage for student access. That way if the student thought they "got it" during class and realized that night, they didn't there would be a place for them to go for review.
I think this is a great idea. However I can see some road blocks that I'd like to discuss:
1. How long is a typical vodcast that students watch at home? If they are required to do this for all their courses, it could get time consuming. It also may get boring to watch videos for homework on a daily basis.
2. When do teachers create the videos? Because it is a time consuming process, this could be done during the summer and then made available to all teachers of that subject area. But in times of budget crisis, could this be paid time?
3. Training for teachers and step-by-step help is needed.
Probaby a balance of a more traditional model and the flipped model. Thoughts?