Monday, July 11, 2016

Screencasting in Kindergarten

Teachers of all subjects and grade levels are impressed when they see this video of a kindergartener making a screencast of himself reading:

And this is a kindergartener in October! Any teacher with Kindergarten experience can tell you that this is very different from a kindergartener in May. In the video, he makes the screencast independently. 

When we give students access to modern tools, when we stop being afraid of what they might do and focus on what they CAN do, we empower our littlest learners by giving them opportunities to become creators!

So why would a teacher want a recording of their students reading? To begin, what a great way to begin addressing the CCSS ELA Speaking and Listening standards?!?! These are often forgotten and non-prioritized in many classrooms.

Other reasons to Screencast:
  • Fluency practice
  • Articulation and intonation
  • Anecdotal evidence
  • Sharing with parents and other family members
  • Taking running records for progress monitoring or assessment
  • Supporting Language Learners and Language Acquisition 
  • Sharing with peers and beyond!

Another example - My own daughter made this recording in her Kindergarten class. 

After listening to it, we had a conversation about fluency and intonation in reading. Right after, she asked, "Can I record it AGAIN to make it better, Mommie?"

My answer? "Yes my love, you CAN."

These videos were made using the Screencastify extension in the Chrome web browser, which has been added to all of the students' Google Apps for Education accounts. 

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