Artifact Introduction: During our seventh & final week in multimedia class, we were to explore the segmentation principle and worked examples to teach complicated concepts using multimedia. For this project, I created a worked example for my students on multiplying using the area model method. Students are first introduced to multiplying more than one digit by one digit in fourth grade and the first method we use is the Area Model method. The Area Model method is not something most of the parents are familiar with (since this was not a commonly used method in the past) therefore, having this video to help illustrate the concept will be wonderful for them to have access to. I used paint to illustrate my work and Camtasia to record and record narration. I have a touchscreen laptop so using Paint made it so that I could easily write on the screen and make the numbers clear and easy to see. I loved how easy Camtasia was to use and how it allowed me to cut pieces of my video just like in Audacity. I also loved the option of highlighting the cursor this allowed me to communicate with the audience effectively. Converting the Camtasia video into a format the could be uploaded to YouTube took an extremely long time, therefore that was my only drawback.
Reflection of Learning/Standard Connection: Clark and Mayer (2011), demonstrate that segmenting complex material into shorter conceptual elements that can be processed by the learner before connecting with previous ideas and practicing is very effective. This is something that is regularly done in the education world and something that I consistently do in my classroom. I had never created a worked sample before therefore keeping this idea in mind when creating the video was important to ensure that I provided time for the student to pause and process and encouraged them to do it on their own as well. In order for this worked sample to be effective, I needed to withdraw the scaffolding provided in the beginning and allow the learners to work on their own. If a student is more advanced the scaffolding can impede their learning therefore allowing students to stop viewing or pause and rewind allows them to take control of their learning.
- AECT Standard 1.2 Using: For this project I decided to use Paint & Camtasia (& all of the effects they offer) to create a worked example screencast that enhances my abilities and ideas as an educator.
- AECT Standard 3.1 Creating: I created a tutorial (worked example screencast) for my students which facilitated the employment of the segmentation and many other multimedia principles.
- AECT Standard 3.2 Using: While creating this worked example screencast I had to keep the narration and principles of multimedia in mind. In this way I ensured my presentation was effective by making sure that I was speaking clearly and slowly and that what the learner saw helped enhance their understanding of the concept.
Artifact: Narration available here: Worked Example Narration