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Show What You Think and Know!

posted Apr 30, 2015, 12:19 PM by Adrienne DeWolfe   [ updated May 13, 2015, 11:55 AM ]
"With screencasting, it's as if I climb right into my students' brains and get a glimpse of what and how they are thinking about a concept." AD

Overview and Introduction

  • Haiku Deck - Show What You Know, Making Learning Visible

I love screencasting for the simple reason that it allows me to capture a student's understanding and thinking. It's as if I'm sitting right there next to them, listening to them think aloud. Not only do I see what they know, but I also get a rare picture of their misconceptions and misunderstanding. It allows me to target exactly what that student may need in order to deepen or correct their understanding. 

Why Screencasting? quote shared from Will Daggett, "Learning should be an active process..."

Original image from Mitchell Norris 

What Can We Learn? 

Take a look at this screencast from a 2nd grader explaining equivalent fractions. What can we learn from the students' pause, erase and redo portion of the screencast?

How to Get Started with Screencasting 
There are a number of screencasting apps out there. If you'd like to know more about different free ios screencasting apps check out my screencast comparing these tools. One of the free apps, Educreations, also has a web-based version that should work on other devices and laptops. 
Student Examples of Screencasting
Other Pathways into Student Thinking 
Besides screencasting, there are a number of other ways that technology is can be transformative for assessment when used optimally. Online discussions can be a glimpse into student thinking. There are many free tools out there. Padlet is one that is very versatile, working on all devices, and allowing posts that contain text, images or videos. Kristen Wideen, first grade teacher, has a great blog post about using padlet for KWL charts. She has her students get to the padlet URLs by scanning a QR code. Learn more about QR codes here

Here's an example Padlet. What do these 3rd graders understand about polygons? 

I also use Skitch to have students annotate images to show their thinking. Even when in an app, students can take a screenshot, bring it into Skitch and use text, diagrams and labels to show their thinking. What can we learn about this student's understanding of narrative plot?