"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
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.
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
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?