For those of you familiar with Sal Khan over at Khan Academy, you know the power of “screencasting.” Screencasting is basically video footage that includes what you are doing “on the board” with your voice.
I’m “clear as mud” here, so I suggest you take a look at Sal’s work at Khan Academy to really get a feel for the power of screencasting.
I use Khan Academy for so much in my classroom: flipping, concept reinforcement, reteaching, preteaching and enrichment.
With Show Me, a free app, I can harness the power of screencasting and create my own screencasts…simply…easily. Better yet, my fourth graders can also create their own screencasts.
The Show Me app, available at the App Store, is easy to use, with a minimal amount of bells and whistles. This makes it easy for the teacher and student alike to create screencasts.
As a teacher, I can create accounts for each of my students to post screencasts.
I’m loving Show Me as a way to have my students share their understanding of math with me. I send each kiddo out to a quiet space to record their understanding of a math problem while I’m teaching in small group. I can sit down later in the day and watch/listen to each child’s Show Me and evaluate the child’s understanding of the concept.
I can also sit down with the student later and have him/her evaluate the work on the screen. It’s amazing what my students catch when they sit down and listen to their own thinking!