Two chemistry teachers from Woodland Park High School decided to try vodcasting in the classroom. This is also called video podcasting. They thought of the idea because athletes in the school were always having to miss class because the nearest school is about an hour away. By creating vodcasts the students could view the lectures later that night and not have to worry about catching up the next day. This was only their first idea and when they ran into errors they tried different methods. By having the vodcast on the schools webpage more students started missing class because they were able to just watch the lectures online.
Vod Couple The teachers then had to think of a different method to use, this is when they decided to have students view the videos prior to class. Then the next day the could help students and this allowed for better learning of the materials. They then changed to the students being able to work at their own pace. This helped many students because they would not get bored for one, and also students learned to be responsible for their own work. The problem then arose of students cheating, so to prevent this from occurring they changed the worksheet and testing process. The test changed order randomly therefore it was harder to cheat. Then when students turned in worksheets they were asked questions in person to ensure they understood the material.
The “Vod Couple” was a very interesting article, because it was an example of the adaptation of vodcast. Their final way of using vodcast was great except for a few more flaws. I think that if they keep testing new ideas to see how it will work it can start to help test and homework scores. The vodcast project has already helped with the learning but students still choose the easy way to complete the homework and tests. "The principal was on board the whole time. The kids were excited. It was a learning experience that...really got the whole community involved.” I really like this quote because this is the thing that all teachers want to accomplish. The principal being on board, students excited to learn, and getting their community involved.
Technology Forever The article entitled Technology Forever deals with returning students, mainly over the age of 50. Different colleges are using vodcasting in the classroom instead of having a class. The students really benefit from this because they are able to save money on gas. Not only that but they can view the vodcast as many times as they need to in order to make sure they understand.
They have been able to post the on a site called TED.com over almost any subject. Students can also download YouTube videos and see professors from all over the country giving lessons on different subjects. They say that more and more people over the age of 50 are understanding technology better than before from using the vodcasting tools, along with other forms of video class.
I enjoyed reading this article because it wasn’t based just on first-time students. It talks about the students that are coming back to college, especially the ones over the age of 50. I feel it made for a more interesting article. I also liked the fact that the article did not just talk about vodcast, it also brought up video-conferencing and teaching technology. "The technology delivers the lecture, which sparks discussion, and from that, they learn.” I really like this quote because teachers are always trying to find ways to get the students involved in a discussion. If they find that more students talk when vodcasts are being used they are may start using vodcasting more often.
A Case Study in Accessible Vodcasting
A case study was done to find the accessible and ease of using vodcasting. The subjects were more males than females, and also more were under the age of 20. Only half the students have used an MP3 before, and only a few subjects were from overseas. Many of the subjects did not have experience with Java. Three of the subjects were deaf and one had a mobility impairment. The study found that the roughly 85% of the subjects liked the vodcasting idea. Some thought the animations were distracting, and also the captions were distracting (if they chose that version).
A Case Study in Accessible Vodcasting
The three deaf subjects complained the captions changed to quickly but did like them. The students from overseas also thought they were useful because they understood the concept better. Students also stated that they would use this to help study independently and one deaf student stated they could use it to help with their exam. 31% of the students said they would use the MP3 players as a lecture reinforcement.
“ A-Ha” I never thought of using vodcast other than for lectures the study talked more about using it outside of the classroom but still for class. “As study support/reinforcement of lecture 31%,” is a surprising quote that I found. I thought more of the students using it in class, not as a reinforcement of the lecture. I think that if the professor pre-recorded the lecture and the students watched it prior to coming to class, class time would be more useful. It would allow for a longer time to work on activities and go over any questions needed. It would also help the professors to stay on track in class.
These three articles all connect with one another for the broad term of vodcasting. They all talk about the adaptation of vodcasting but in different ways. The first one is a high school level of vodcasting in the classroom. The second article however talks about vodcasting at the college level. They also use students over the age of 50. The last article that I reviewed was a case study. I used this article for the actual facts not just another example of using vodcasting. Overall I think that if more teachers tried to incorporate vodcasting into their classroom it would run smoother and the students would learn more in a year then without the vodcasting. It also is a great tool to use during finals when students need to cram information into their head from the beginning of the school year. Vodcasts that have been posted can help the students review and remember everything they were taught.