Today I was able to finish the course I started in my winter hollidays. I was afraid this moment would never come, as my expectations of working on this during my hollidays, were not completely met. Hollidays are just this, and the need to rest both physically and mentally, launched me into a world of relax, kids, cakes and beach.
However, I found some moments to begin with this online course, offered by Amplifieducation. From the offers, I chose the screencasting course, as it would be something completely new for me. And even if I began the course skeptically, thinking that this wouldn´t be of too much use in my everyday practice, very soon I had to take a piece of paper and begin taking notes as the ideas began to flourish.
What I liked is that it is written in a plain and clear language, along with many visual tools as videos, webpages and tutorials. There are also some sheets to download, like the decision making on which kind of learning do you want to achieve and which kind of screencast will you plan according to that, or depending on your needs and operating system, which would be the best platform.
At this point, I quickly forgot quicktime, as I am not an Apple user. I still do not feel comfortable with Explain Everything. I have seen wonderful tutorials using this platform, but I am perhaps still a little shortminded and are unable to find a situation in which Explain Everything could be worth using instead of other screencasting recording tools. I am an horrible tablet user when it comes to draw or write something with my finger, and I feel Explain Everything is much more time consuming than others, of course offering some very interesting things you cannot do with Jing.
I tried Explain Everything, I tried Jing and I also tried to download CamStudio. I have to admit here that I probably have a digital literacy problem, but downloading software to my precious notebook, makes me nervous. And the prophecy became true: when I tried to start it my screen began blinking like a disco-light and VIRUS ALARM screens popped up. I immediately shut down my computer, tried to get my heartrate back to normal and carefully turned it on again. I uninstalled CamStudio and it would never come back. I ran an antivirus and everything is ok.
So I did my first experimental screencasts using Jing. I like it a lot, but the 5 min limit is an issue. However, advancing through the course, it became clear to me that 5 min is a great time for an educational screencast. Nobody wants to see too long videos. So I came to the idea to split up my anatomy lessons in mini-lessons, using Jing.
On this page I also found a new tool for screencasting that was not mentioned in the course: Screen-o- Matic. It is absolutely great, considering that it is free. It might not be as fancy as Jing, but I tried it and it turned out to be very intuitive and easy to use.
Overall, I think the course was useful. At our school and idea of flipped classrooms seems unlikely. The kids sit 9 hours in school, then go and train sports or practice their arts. It seems crazy to pretend to have any kid watching a screencasted lesson at home to come back to the classroom and talk about it. This is an unrealistic view.
But some suggestions like making mini lessons that the kids can watch at their own pace in class, that they have the material available at home if any doubt arises, teaching them the tool and lettimg them create their own contents as experts, setting up some “How to” (eg: how to make smart google searches for finding serious health information” or “how to search and use images on the web-introducing the concepts of intelectual property), are ideas I would like to put in practice soon.
I have a youtube channel with the school google account, so I will be uploading the screencasts there.
And here: my certificate!
Thank you @langwitches & Co, thank you Amplifieducation!