Thursday, May 22, 2014

Screencasting con Chromebooks en el aula

Como Profesor de español siempre estoy buscando maneras nuevas de grabar audio y video con mis estudiantes.  Para un maestro de idiomas es muy importante evaluar la pronunciación de los estudiantes al momento que estan leyendo.  La aplicación de Screencastify con la extension de Google Chrome hace possible grabar audio y videos haciendo una actividad interactiva y muy divertida para la clase.

El primer paso es descargar la extensión de Screencastify desde la tienda en línea de Google Chrome.  Ya estando en la tienda en línea escribe en el buscador “Screencastify” los resultados en la página apareceran como en la foto de la parte posterior.

Una vez que haya sido añadida la extensión aparecerá  en la esquina derecha del buscador de Google Chrome y se verá como una tira de película.  Para usar Screencast simplemente da click en la tira de película y verás el menú para comenzar a grabar.

Una de mis partes favoritas de éste programa es la facilidad con la que puedes guardar todo en Google Drive. Ésta es una de las grandes
ventajas sobre cualquier otra aplicación del internet. Una vez que el screencast ha sido grabado, se puede compartir con el profesor o cualquier otra persona. Ésta aplicación pone en las manos de los estudiantes la oportunidad de hechar a volar la imaginación y crear un trabajo que nunca se perderá y podrá tener acceso desde cualquier computadora. 

Para hacer uso de ésta aplicación en mis lecciones, les pedí a mis estudiantes que agregarán la extensión a sus chromebooks, después de haber escrito lo que se les asignó en español, cada estudiante utilizó screencastify para grabar su párrafo correspondiente. Mis estudiantes después compartieron su screencast  conmigo para evaluar su escritura y pronunciación. Los screencasts hacen posible la evaluación tanto oral, como escrita con todos los beneficios que aporta Google Drive.

Ahora puedo abrir el screencast en Google Drive y publicar comentarios para que el estudiante los pueda ver.
Los videos se pueden descargar ,guardar en la computadora ó directamente en código para páginas web. En la parte posterior puedes ver uno de los screencasts de mis estudiantes.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Screencastify with Chromebooks in a Spanish Classroom

 As a Spanish teacher I am always looking for easy and efficient ways to record my students to assess  if they are improving there pronunciation and reading of the language.   Screencasting with the Google Chrome extension Screencastify makes audio recordings and screen videos a great classroom activity.

The first step is to download the extension from the google chrome webstore.  In the webstore search option type in "Screencastify" your results page should look like this.
Once you add the extension it will appear at the top right of your chrome browser and look like a film strip.  To use this extension simply click on the film strip and you will see a menu to start recording.  

My favorite parts about using Screencastify is how easily you can create a screencast and upload it right onto your Google Drive.  This is by far the greatest advantage to creating screencasts with Screencastify over other apps.  Once a screencast has been recorded the student can now share it with the teacher.  This really puts the power of creating work in the hands of each student and provides a simple way to make sure that the work will not be lost.  

To use this in my lesson I had students add the extension on their chromebooks, then after typing up their assignment in Spanish, students used screencastify to record them speaking their paragraph.  The students then shared their screencast with me so I could assess both there writing as well as their speaking.  Screencasts make an oral and written assessment possible with all of the benefits of Google Drive.  I can now open up their screencast in Google Drive and post a comment about their screencast for the student to see.  The videos can then be downloaded and saved on a computer or imbedded into a website.  Check out one of my students screencasts to see what a screencast can look like.  


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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Teacher Dashboard in the Spanish classroom

Teacher Dashboard makes paper obsolete in my Spanish classroom.  I can pass out copies of digital presentations, documents, photos and folders into each students Google Drive.  I first began using the program last year to check on the work students were doing.  I realized that this program was a great way to access everything students were doing in their Spanish folder of their GoogleDrive.  I have now realized that I can send out any document I create in my GoogleDrive as a copy for each student to have.  This has allowed my students to have the template for the class which they can add their work to.  The best part is that I then have access to each one of their assignments to check on their progress.  This has been a great way to copy documents, presentations & spreadsheets.
This is what my Teacher Dashboard homepage looks like.  It lists all of my classes and make it very easy to access the specific class I want.  After clicking on a class I can see each student and all of their folders.  I can then click on a specific folder and see every item in their folders along with when it was last edited.  If I click on a document a new tab will open up within my chrome browser and I will have access to it.  This is an excellent tool to keep track of student progress.



The most productive part comes when you make a copy of a presentation, document or spreadsheet from Google Drive and place it right in each students Spanish folder.  It makes the classroom paper free, because each student gets their own copy.  I now can review their work before they hand it in as well as monitor student progress on the work.  Teacher Dashboard has been a huge help when organizing work to give to students.  I now know exactly which handouts students have as well as what work they have done on their handouts.