Friday, February 3, 2012

FriedEnglish: Video Grading using Google Docs and Jing (Faster, Easier, and Better for Students)


Yesterday I had a great idea that I think is going to save me tons of hours AND be better for my students. I'm SO EXCITED that I had to share it with you right away. Hope you enjoy it! Please let me know if you're able to use Video Grading in your classroom.

Video Grading uses screencasting to record a video of the student's digital work while the teacher talks to the student about that work. It can be used with any medium (including multi-media projects). Anything the teacher sees on the screen can be recorded and commented upon so that the student can play back his/her specific commentary. Please see the video below for the steps and an example and use the links below to get ready to video grade.

1. Download Jing from Techsmith (used in the video above) or familiarize yourself with another screencasting tool like the sophisticated by pricey Camtasia (also from Techsmith) or the free online Screenr (which to my knowledge cannot be password protected . . . beware FERPA violations). 

2. Provided you are using Jing or Camtasia, create a Screencast account or log in with your Jing credentials if you have already been using that product. 

3. Create a folder in your Screencast account, then password protect it. The specific steps are show in the video above.

4. Set up your microphone and do a little test where you record a tiny portion of your screen and talk into it. Play the test back to make sure your microphone works. If you're using Jing, here's where you find the preferences to choose which mic to use:
I highly recommend buying a mic similar to this. Your sound will be much better and your experience recording much more comfortable:
5. I don't do test runs. If I were talking to a student in person, I wouldn't do a test run for that, and so I don't do a test run for recording a grading session either. In fact, in all of the hundreds of screencasts I've made (see them HERE and HERE, I haven't done a test run. Don't go for perfection. It will take all the fun out of video grading. Just be yourself. 

6. If you have any questions about video grading, or anything instructional technology related, please feel free to email me here.
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