Project #7: Worked Example Screencast


For this weeks project, I created a screencast video tutorial on how to create a SMART Lab Activity. In my current profession as a technology infrastructure manager and tech support specialist, I was already familiar with screencasting. I create how to video tutorials on the use of various software as well as performing specific tasks. I’ve used various screencasting software such as Monosnap, Screencast-O-Matic, Jing, and Camtasia Studio, but for this project, I used Camtasia Studio in tandem with iMovie.

The first thing I did was create a script, while also using the SMART Notebook Software as a guide. Once I finished the script I then rehearsed it while building a SMART Lab Activity. Once I had all the timing down, I used Camtasia Studio to create and record the screencast. The first screencast I set up was a worked example; then I worked on a second screencast, which was a faded worked example. I then used iMovie to merge the two screencasts to form one video. I could have easily done one video to start with, but I felt it was easier to create two separate videos, which helped me better understand the concepts of a worked and faded worked example.

I enjoyed learning about worked examples and faded work examples that applied the segmenting and pretraining principles. I feel it’s constructive because it allows for more efficient learning by breaking down complex lessons such as the creation of this SMART Lab Activity tutorial into smaller segments, which makes it easier for students to learn. I also feel a worked example provides students with the background information and foundation they need to help prepare them for success.

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