Thursday, June 14, 2012

Videocast and Podcast

The best set of videocast that I could find was actually through our Think Central login which correlates with our reading curriculum, Storytown. Most teachers would probably not find these too helpful, but as I make the switch to 1st grade it was helpful to see the different aspects of Storytown taught to the younger ones. You cannot access the set of podcast unless you have a login so I thought I would give you a brief overview. The podcasts are divided into different sections and skills. Each skill is explained and gives examples. Then the remaining time you are in the classroom watching the skill be taught.

As for videos that may enhance the learning environment for the kiddos I found this adorable video cast on school tube. Now I see two uses with this videocast. One, I could use it as an engagement piece. Get the kiddos excited for what's to come as we start our chicks unit. Two, I could simply use the as inspiration and document our own experience. Then I could post for parents to share what we have learned. Better yet, use the videocast both ways!

Why Podcasts?

Podcasts are great for storing directions, and how tos. They are perfect for differentiated instruction. May even be a great tool for showing parents how a certain skill is being taught. In fact the videocast I created will mostly be used for small group, but also will be accessible to parents so they can see how we practice our spelling words at school.

However, the time that goes into making them is does not seem worth it for general class use. There are so many videos already made, such as subscriptions to brain pop. There is also study jams and many times I can find valuable videos on youtube. So unless there is something unique to my classroom (such as my spelling words) or I have in mind a specific use (i.e. small groups, documenting our learning) I will take advantage of everyone else's podcasts/ videocasts.

What do you need?

Equipment needed would be video recording device or camera for still shots. Microphones, which is not lacking in our building, however getting them to work with our ancient computers is another story. Then some kind of compilation software, whether movie maker or a storyboard program. Audacity (which is free) is very helpful for recording voice.


  1. I think documenting your experience with the chicks would be wonderful. I can think about how excited the kids would be to show their parents the podcast and what is happening in their classroom. I think parents would really like it as well. This gives them insight to what is happening in their child's class. I am in agreement with using videos and such that are already made. It takes so much time and if you can find good ones there is no reason to reinvent the wheel. If you made ones yourself you should do ones that you could use every year.

  2. I, too, have access to the Think Central podcasts and believe that they provide some excellent insights. Do you ever worry that you will have some information to cover that you couldn't find on brainpop or studyjams, though? I'm not saying I've had that happen, but sometimes I find that disconcerting. I also loved your podcast in spelling!