So my goals for this week are:
- Introduce the first real math video and class format. We've been doing procedures and assessments so far. I had them watch a video to learn how to sign up for Edmodo, and they seem to really like Edmodo :) and I've had them working in groups since the first day. All of these things are working nicely. I had to put them in rows today for the assessments and I hate it! Can't wait until Wednesday!
- Make sure they get the hang of the ISNs. So far we have the table of contents and their expectation/policies pages done.
- Hope I don't overwhelm them with the Assignment Sheet outlining all of the assignments that they need to do in the next 2 weeks! I quickly showed them the sheet last week and they seemed a little stunned. I will be controlling it for a while until they get used to it, then I hope to release more choice to them when I see they are ready.
I keep going back and forth with how I am going to make my videos, I really like the idea of the one take videos using the 6 whiteboard slides, but found out that I really can't do it at home. So, even though I didn't want to do this, I downloaded the Camtasia Studio 8 trial and of course fell in love with it. I kept it totally basic and just recorded a screencast of a powerpoint. Since my laptop doesn't have a microphone, and I am literally broke until 9/15, I figured out that I could record the audio on my tablet and just add the wav file to the recording! It worked great! Now I just have to get better at it. I made a 7th grade video 1st and then the 8th grade video. I totally sound like a robot in the first one, much more relaxed and the way I want to sound in the second. I will finish up the rest of the videos for my 2 week unit tomorrow during my prep. I am keeping my videos EXTREMELY basic so I should be able to crank them out quickly.