Creating video tutorials for our students, even though they can have a great impact, is very time consuming. Those of us who do it know that they are a great resource and that the students themselves seem to appreciate the teacher’s involvement in recording videos of them, explaining them, clarifying some concepts, etc. In course 3 of our Pintaguer Campus we will talk about creating video tutorials with our citbREC extension, but for now we are going to see another way to customize the videos, such as inserting audio links in a transmedia video pintagged with ClassInTheBox.
There is a key concept in all this, and it is the “bond” that we create with them. When our students realize that we are the ones who have spent their own time leaving them a message, recording an explanation or a few words of encouragement, we are creating and developing that bond, which, as I said before, they seem to appreciate. If you doubt what I am saying, please have a try… This link, where the students verify that we are the ones who speak directly to them in the case at hand, through audio, helps to personalize the content that we have borrowed and that we are going to use in our classes.
But inserting audios can be useful for much more than giving instructions or explanations. Have you tried using audios as a means of giving feedback? As I told you before… do the test. An audio which meets the requirements of good feedback (concise, clear, relevant and that leads to action) is a good tool to start the formative evaluation and make them grow by learning from their own mistakes or developing their potential.
ClassInTheBox has a “Students profile”, from where they can pintag videos that they create or import themselves or also pintag videos that the teacher gives them as assignments. We will see the student module in course 2 and we will discuss how to insert audio into the work done by them, such as through metacognitive questions at the end of the video, where through the tools that we will now mention they can reflect on what they have learned, how they have done it, what it means for them and how they can apply it to other contexts.
To finish, we leave you some ideal tools to record audios. Regardless of which one you choose, all of them will generate a url link that you can insert into pins or tags of your transmedia video:
Mote: The first one we mention is Mote, either through the web application itself (online) or with its Chrome browser extension, it allows you to create small audio files (90 seconds in its free version) that are easily inserted through the url that is automatically generated.
SpeakPipe voice recorder: The SpeakPipe online app also allows you to record messages of up to five minutes that can later be inserted through the url in the corresponding pin or tag.
Vocaroo: Vocaroo also allows this function, in a very simple way for all levels. Undoubtedly one of the simplest tools out there, albeit with a slightly old-fashioned interface!