I was out of class on Friday for a professional day, and I decided to use screencast-o-matic in my place. It was a nice way to include some input on a day without the usual source of input (me). Based on the reaction from students today, it worked very well. Here’s what I did:
1. I choose three structures that I could teach to various levels. I knew I didn’t have time to create multiple videos, so I came up with structures that were not difficult but had not been a focus before. The structures were:
es un placer conocerte – it’s a pleasure to meet you
igualmente – likewise
Se portó mal – behaved badly
Se portaba mal – used to behave badly
¿Qué tal si . . .? – What if . . .
**5 is more structures than we would normally have, but there are really three sets of structures here.
2. I wrote a short story using the structures.
3. I created a Power Point presentation that included examples of the structures, personal questions and the story with images. I included some silliness – Dora and Boots as guest teachers and some simple animation (multiple slides showing movement).
4. I narrated the Power Point, using my own voice in a microphone and screencast-o-matic. It recorded every slide and everything I said.
5. I also left a slide with comprehension and extension questions.
6. Today, I was back in class. We reviewed the structures with some personalized questions (Who behaved badly during the weekend . . . etc.) We went over the question slide from Friday.
7. We did some practice activities with the structures and a couple short readings. I spent time with the structures today because I knew it would be needed. The video was effective, but not near as thorough as if I had been in class.
Here’s the video. *Warning: It is a bit silly. You could probably do better, but you get the idea.