Every Friday, I share a website (or app) that I’ve heard about, checked into, gotten excited to use.
Fifth grade and up–homeschoolers, students, computer lab, classroom
Screenbird is an online method of recording step-by-step tutorials and sharing them with colleagues, classmates, anyone. What I particularly like about it is there’s no log-in required. That means I can use it with students–say, fourth and fifth graders–who aren’t yet accustomed to the myriad of user names and passwords required to cut your teeth on adulthood. Instead of my usual yearly How-to presentations where students teach each other how to solve the most common techie problems, thanks to Screenbird, I can have them record their how-to, save it to our class wiki and create a collection of how-tos that everyone–even teachers–can use.
Here are a few other items I like about Screenbird:
- you can create a 30 minute video (Animoto’s free 30 seconds is pretty annoying)
- Screenbird will host 150 minutes on their server, but you can create a lot more than that if you host it on your own wiki or YouTube
- you can capture the entire screen or just the part you want
- its intuitive, allowing it to be more student-centered than other online tools
- there are great tutorials on the website–another student-centered idea. My class can watch the videos, test it out, and I’ll help where needed
Anyone have feedback or experience on Screenbird?
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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-sixth grade, creator of two technology training books for middle school and three ebooks on technology in education. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a thriller for her agent that should be out to publishers this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.