I participated in the Screencasting Session this week. I found it challenging to locate and figure out how to get involved in the session- I know there was supposed to have video too, but I couldn’t find it so I just listened to the audio. As soon as I finished listening, I went to the iTunes store to see if I could find any more neat educational podcasts, etc. Of course, that’s when I found the accompanying video to the clip I just listened to!
One comment that specifically made me stop to think was that screen casts should be kept to about 2 minutes and focus on “core content.” I understand why after trying to listen myself to over an hour long one! However, I wonder if we compromise the desire for students to understand a topic in depth when we do this. Do we “skim”? Or simplify? Inevitably, I would think. I believe screen casts would work better as an introduction to a topic. What do you think?
For the second part, I watched The Sandbox Manifesto by Angela Maiers
She talked about success of business and the economy no longer about how hard the individual works- it will be about how well they play, which I thought was neat. What I loved most though was the following:
Discovered rules of the sandbox from kids:
- Sharing is caring
- Messy is good!
- Imagination is your greatest asset
- Sand is for filling buckets (never for throwing- hurts them, and wastes your play time)
- Hugs, Help, and Smiles matter
- Take it to the community (take problems to the community- there are people that can help)
- Strangers are Future Friends
- Be Remarkable! (only job is to have fun, be courageous)
- Here you are the MASTER of your Universe
- PLAY is the work!
Image Courtesy of DLR.
I loved them, and I intend to keep these rules close to me always. I still love playing in the sandbox, and especially believe that the rules should carry over throughout our lives and not end suddenly at the end of Kindergarten. If you have a chance to watch the video, I would highly recommend it—even just to see the adorable children playing and explaining their rules is worth it!