Self evaluation through video

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Students use any video recording device to video record each other in a class activity. Later they watch the video at home, transcribe their speech and fill in a self-evaluation form. Strengths and weaknesses from their performances are highlighted and discussed in the following class. Self evaluation, critical thinking and constructive criticism are some of the skills practiced within this activity.

Exploring vocabulary

This video demonstrates how language learners can use the TOOLS project dictionary tool. The project was funded by the EU.

Computer Assisted Language Learning can particularly help for teaching the less widely taught languages. Use of a computer or mobile apps can increase access to resources and tools but learning design should always include a range of activities. Exploring vocabulary in this way can help learners to take control of their learning and construct meaning themselves.

 

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Using video to provide model answers

In this example the students have been sent a model answer to a question using screen cast technology. The teacher has highlighted the key points that should have been included in the answer using a word processor and then created the video where the teacher talks through the answer and what should be included. The teacher then sends the model answer to the students, who can then use the video to evaluate their own work. This can be an excellent way of doing self-evaluation since the students can listen to the video and decide what mark they should get, what was missing from their own essay etc.

The idea of the model answer video is to encourage the students to reflect and think about their own work. It is cognitively more demanding to get the students to think about their own work rather than simply provide feedback to the students.  It works best where all the students are all writing the same essay since it would be impossible to create model answers for each question if each student did something different. Model examples of presentations, telling a story, describing something could all help students reflect on their own work.

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Using video for mini grammar lessons

This is a screen cast where the teacher has created a simple mini grammar lesson. The teacher has noticed there are problems with a certain grammar rule and simply written out some examples in Microsoft Word and then used a screen cast technology to record themselves going over the rule. It is very quick to make and requires minimum technological skills. The teacher can send the video to the students or put it on a blog, wiki or on the virtual learning environment of the school or institution.

The teacher simply marks out the area of the screen and clicks a button. Whatever is under the marked area will be recorded as a video along with the voice. It makes no difference to the screen cast tool what is on the screen. It simply records the area that has been marked out. This particular example was used using SnagIt. There are also other solutions such as ScreenR and JING.

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Feedback on Essay

The teacher is providing feedback on the student’s written work. The teacher has opened the student’s work onto the screen, read it and then turns on the screen capture software and goes through the essay, highlight various parts and discussing it. The teacher could go through and make the highlights first and then begin the recording. The resulting video in then sent to the students. The students receive feedback that is both visual and aural. This particular idea has been widely disseminated, research has found that listening to the tutor’s voice gives greater insight into the tone of their feedback, this HEA funded research for example The teacher simply marks out the area of the screen and clicks a button. Whatever is under the marked area will be recorded as a video along with the voice. It makes no difference to the screen cast tool what is on the screen. It simply records the area that has been marked out. This particular example was used using SnagIt.

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