Video/ Reflection

I used screencastomatic for the first time to create an introduction video for my younger students to this site. I love it! Then I took the video into movie maker and was able to trim off two minutes of down time, when I was waiting for sites to load etc. then I took it into the youtube editor. I learned how to create Closed Caption (CC). Auto CC really messes up and butchers some words like wopoli.com, so doing your own CC is so much better. I added fun word bubbles and a few little extras I have never done before. For the age group I was aiming for “cute” is good.I also downloaded Bandicam. I like this tool because it is not web based and records the computer audio without having to purchase it. Because I like the video in video option with screencastomatic and the computer audio option of Bandicam I could see useing both these videos and bringing clips into movie maker to add other features and combine. Then the closed captioning option of Youtube, between these multiple programs, really effective videos can be created.

This was a logical first step for my daughter to be introduced to the site. She watched it and it was successful as she is now using the site. I choose to do the double screen because my target audience will be children, for now my daughter and three grandchildren. Seeing Mom, and Memaws face and not just hearing the voice grabs their attention more. My daughter is very interested in creating herself so I have more goal centered videos I hope to do and my oldest daughter, the mother of the 3 youngest, will also be developing some curriculum and videos to put on the site.

My daughter is 8 years old. She is considered part of the media generation. Rather than seeing this as a negative educating through media can be a motivational tool and compliment visual learning. Video is considered the media of choice. This also increases motivation when the educational videos created can keep the learner more engaged than lecture of text. By creating videos that guides the student through project planning I can also engage the hands on learning style and develop independent goal setting and achievement.

Through this process I hope to encourage independent learning in conjunction with guided learning. It is beneficial to understand how the mind intakes information and processes it for long term learning when designing a learning video. Learning is impacted by learning styles, though I have never been concerned with this in Home schooling, other than working with my children in the least restrictive way, IE hands on versus reading. My oldest daughter preferred to read everything. My son was hands on and My youngest daughter prefers interacting with video, technology, watching video and hands on.

When the information is presented in ways that do not compliment the  learning style, progress in learning is limited. This I have seen proven through my own experiences in teaching. When it comes to visual learning it can help the learner interpret written or spoken concepts that could otherwise be difficult to grasp when presented in text alone or through lecture alone.  By using video you can take advantage of both echoic and iconic sensors, auditory and visual, at the same time.

Using examples in a video can be presented in a story format, appealing to younger students and to  verbal or linguistic learners. By connecting the steps involved in project planning and completion to real life examples that the student has already learned i.e. daily routines, the process can then be applied to more complex projects as each new goal is taken through the steps outlined in the video learning module example. Repetition of these project steps is the cognitive strategy that is used to establish long term memory. So showing the goal of brushing ones teeth broken down into all the steps, because most younger students have mastered this, can actually teach the process of how to set and accomplish goals.

The above concept can be presented through video thus engaging visual thinking and visual learning. The video can go beyond lecture format and use visual diagrams and cues, like pictures, with audio explanations. This is exampled by a slide show placed in the video or other forms or diagrams. Some videos can even have embedded quizzes.I am sure I will have more ideas as I progress and am including my adult daughter in the planning for the site and her younger age students (my grandchildren).

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