This term, Louise and I have started an after school activity for Grade 4 and 5 students called Techxperts. Here’s how we marketed it to the students:
Do you love using computers and other bits of technology? Are you a bit of a Tech Wizard? Do you know how to use programmes such as Photo Story, Adobe Premiere Elements, Scratch or Google Earth? Do you like to help others?
If so, then the UWC Techxperts need YOU!
Survey students and teachers to see where they need support (and learn to create and use Google Forms in the process).
Create screencasts which show people how to use the programmes we have at school.
Create help sheets to solve common troubleshooting problems.
UWC Techxperts: Saving the world, one screencast at a time.
Student-created products (to-date) include:
- A series of screencasts on how to use Diigo
- A how-to poster for the lab on what to do if you come across a ‘locked’ computer
- A screencast on how to use PhotoStory (from go to woah!)
- A how-to poster for the lab on how to log-in to Jing
- A poster showing the 4 different things to check if your headphones aren’t working
We have been using Jing as our screencast tool of choice. The kids find it really easy to use and were absolutely stoked to try making screencasts and annotated screen captures.
The posters are up in the computer lab, and it has been fabulous to have student-generated products to direct students to with those common troubleshooting problems.
When introducing PhotoStory to Grade 2 students (who had never used it before), it was fantastic to have a screencast which outlined exactly how to get started, from a student’s point of view. I have created screencasts myself previously, but I think it’s nice for them to be made by kids, for kids.
Here are the screencasts which show how to Bookmark & Highlight a page using Diigo, by Jean-Luc.
Cross-posted at U Tech Tips