Worked Example Screencast

The last project for EdTech 513 was to create a worked example screencast. A worked example shows the step by step process of a task or problem solving.  I used Adobe Presenter for this project. This program works with PowerPoint and allows you to use your webcam when recording (I did not use mine for this project though) and can also record what you are doing on your screen as well.

For this project, I created a worked example for my students to explain how to use discussion boards. The discussion boards have been hard for my students because they did not understand what they needed to do. Many of them would just reply to other student’s post and not create a new thread. I hope this video will help them understand what is expected and how to use them effectively.


Digital Storytelling

I used Adobe Premiere Elements to put the digital story together. This program is fairly easy to use; however, there are still many things I need to learn about it.

Deciding what to write for the digital story was very hard for me. Then, I thought about what the advice I give my students when writing. I tell them to write about what they know. So I decided to do the digital story on our trip to Panama.

I think that students (especially those that don’t like writing) would enjoy taking some pictures from a trip they took with their family and use them to write a short narration about their experience. This could be an example for them to view.






Tech Trends Assignment

Horizon Report Tech Trend

While reading the NMC Horizon Report, I was inspired to try to find a way to use an iPad app in a lesson. Since a lot of students already use this technology, I thought this would be a great way to engage students. I will be working on figurative language with my class soon so I decided to look for apps that I could use to help enhance the lesson. I stumbled upon the Idioms app. After downloading it, I played with it for a little while before I figured out how I could use this in a classroom setting. In the lesson, students will use the Idiom app to look up the meaning and an example of the idioms they are provided. They will also take a quiz and send the results to the instructor. 

I also wanted to incorporate a technology standard to this language arts lesson. I have used Media Chalk with my class before and my student loved it. This program is used to create digital animated movies right from the computer. It has backgrounds and characters to choose from. Students can also record their voice or add music to their movies. In my tech trend lesson plan, students will use Media Chalk to share what they have learned about idioms.