An honor! 20 Educators to Watch
I was honored to be highlighted by TechSmith as one of their 20 Educators to Watch in 2011. I include screencasting as one of the tools that educators should always be thinking about and incorporating into their teaching and learning practice.
Here are just a couple of reasons why (but there are many more):
1 – Your students can play, rewind and review material independently.
As an educator, how are you currently serving kids that have difficulties processing your direct instruction? Is ‘louder and slower’ the answer? Probably not. How about kids that are absent? How do we normally handle remediation of difficult or key material? Do we try and wedge 30 minutes of lecture into 3 minutes at the end of the class period? After school?
2 – You are engaged in utilizing aspects of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
By creating screencasts of your instruction, you are providing multiple means of representation to give learners various ways of acquiring information and knowledge.
Our profession and vocation implores us to do everything we can to help our students progress in both knowledge and ability. A video can never replace a great teacher, but great teachers know that they have to provide every opportunity to help their students.