Wednesday, 4 February 2015

The 'Creepy Voice Over'

In recent months, I have been trying to develop the use of on-line resources with (especially) senior pupils.  We use a department Google Drive for this, making use of their shared folders potential.  All resources are posted there for the pupils to view/print as necessary (they cannot download or copy/paste easily). Anyway, this has led me to consider further ways we can use this beyond just a handy backup for notes.  Then I rediscovered the app 'Explain Everything' for iPad...

I  had downloaded this app some time ago but not really explored the potential.  I suppose this was because it suggests it can be used to narrate presentations and this is not something I'm interested in.  However, I thought about using this app for feedback on pupil work, so I gave it a try!

The process is fairly simple, and each video took less than 10 minutes to make.

Here's how I approached it:

  1. Read a few pieces of work (in this case a Higher source question) in order to find an interesting one - it doesn't have to be the best one, but I was looking for one that made the point I wanted.
  2. Take a photo of the pupil's work before marking it.
  3. Mark the hard copy and make notes on a separate sheet about the marking (helpful for the 'script'!)
  4. Upload photo to Explain Everything app.
  5. Mark the digital copy live with a stylus showing where the marks are awarded and record thought process while marking to show why the marks are awarded.
  6. Share with the students on-line!
Now, the first time I did this it was clumsy and I felt more than a bit foolish, but you get used to that bit.  When I told the class, they were amused and keen to see it.  Some watched it at home and commented on my 'weird' accent and 'creepy voice over', but also that it was really clear as to why the marks were being awarded.  Each video is about 4 minutes long, so it's not too much of a deal for them to watch at any point.  Here is the link:

Maybe only one or two watch them, but then that's better than nothing I think.  It doesn't replace any work in class but often there simply isn't time for that level of detail in a very busy Higher course.

Not sure what the next stage is, and I'd welcome any suggestions/experience of doing something similar.

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