So now I am charged with thinking through everything I'm learning. So here we go!
Day one was basically an intro to the different methods of flipping. It also introduced us to some different software that can be used to create videos. Some software I got to play with was: Snag-it, Camtasia and Screencastomatic.com. I've used Screencast-o-matic to make my videos this year, so I was familiar with it. I did find out-that you can add picture in picture on Screencast-o-matic (which I did not know before). We also got to take a look at several different apps that can be used to make recordings.
I would love to get Camtasia for Mac, but alas, neither my district or I can dish out the cash right now. I plan on attending EdCampGR next month, so maybe I'll luck out & score a free copy there. Or maybe the people at Techsmith will take pity on me & just send me one (hint, hint).
Day one didn't leave me too overloaded, as a lot of the information wasn't new to me. However, I caught Jon on the way out & asked if we could eat together the next day because I needed some guidance on how to get me head around the whole "mastery teaching" thing.
We started day 2 watching some sample videos that showed me just how boring mine have been. They're not terrible, but I know I can do better. Here are some of the changes I'd like to make to my videos next year:
- I'd like a partner to shoot videos with. In the examples I saw, the most interesting style was the conversational style. Basically there were two teachers having a conversation about the topic.
- So here's the problem with that...I'm the only 5th grade math teacher in my building, so what now? I figure I have a couple of options:
- Try to buddy up with a 5th grade teacher from another building. This is a possibility, as one of the other 5th grade teachers is interested. I'm hoping that I can talk her into it...come on Jodi, you know you want to :)
- Try to buddy up with a 5th grade teacher from another school/state (this is actually possible: @guster4lovers & @thomasson_engl are creating collaborative videos cross country...it's crazy!)
- Try to buddy up with a 4th grade teacher...many of our standards are very similar.
We then progressed to talking about moodle. I have used moodle before, but only to post links, newsletters, etc. I was introduced to using moodle questions & quizzes...I am going to have a whole post on moodle later, but I'm really excited about what it has to offer.
After moodle, we had lunch. I had the privelege of eating with Jon, and picking his brain the whole time. The majority of what we talked about was how to make mastery teaching work in an elementary school. I'll have another post about that shortly, because I have a lot of ideas running around in my head.
We basically had the rest of the day to spend working on something...anything, really, it just had to be applicable to our training. Since I have experience making videos, I chose not to do that. Instead I decided to map out what a unit might look like in mastery teaching. Below I've embedded a Googledoc that is a rough start to my unit plan. Please bare in mind it is in rough form, and will be tweaked.