For those of us who still give tests (i hope to move away from test sooner or later) it can be difficult to get students to study for them let alone show up for a review session. If anyone comes to the review session it is usually the “A” students anyway.
If they will not or cannot come to a review session how can we take the session to them?
While watching parts of EdcampKC on ustream the realization came to use ustream.tv as a method for test reviews. I had seen ustream used before, so I’m not sure what was different this time.
So I announced the review sessions to my students. I ran two broadcasts on two different days at two different times. Hoping the different times and days would accommodated more students. Interestingly the same 10-15 students showed up on both days.
Once students signup they are able to backchannel in a text box to the right while seeing and hearing the instructor (me) on the left. When I asked questions they would type in responses. I was also able to request they search for certain images or concepts online. They would then post the link in the “chat” text box and everyone would go to the link and we would discuss it. Also, ustream can record the broadcast for later playback. Students not able to join the live session are able to watch a recording the broadcast later. Ustream only records the video. Chats are lost.
One of my favorite parts is when students were asking questions and other students were answering with comments or website related to the question. I would love for this to turn into students organizing and running their own study sessions. Not sure how to light that spark yet.
It was also exciting to find out parents and even some families were watching the stream. Who knows, they might learn something or more importantly they might gain a stronger interest for the student’s learning or school environment, thus becoming more engaged parents.
- run broadcast during class time for students in in-school-suspension to watch real-time.
- students at home because of out-of-school-suspension to watch
- students at home because of illness
- students gone on family vacations (as you know some parents do not plan around school schedules)
- parent able to watch what happens in class and how their students might be doing. (there might be legal issues, need to research this option)
- online chat with parents to start the year and through out the year.
Anyway – the quest continues to increase student engagement.
Here is a quick screencast of the most recent review we did for Verts and Inverts class. The audio is a few seconds ahead of the video because of the screencast. The students on the other end see it synced. http://screenr.com/2zc Check back in a couple of days and I hope to have a screencast showing how to use ustream.tv
This link is for video of an entire session with biology students. http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/10792736 – it takes a couple of minutes before we start rolling.
Adam Taylor – @2footgiraffe