On Monday after school, I was in my classroom working with a very patient group of grade 5 & 6 students as the technology I was wanting to use was ultimately outsmarting me! Over the weekend I had planned out how to show the team how to add a the Screencastify chrome extension and then how to create a screencast. I was really excited to finally help them take their project from planning to reality. On my prep I went and grabbed a student Chromebook to make sure all would work smoothly and then my plan crumpled!
Students do not have the authority to add chrome extensions to the school laptops. I can see the reasoning as to why but needed a quick new game plan and was feeling a little frazzled! I quickly sent an email off to our division office tech guys and asked for some help. They suggested the new program called WeVideo that the division has recently acquired a license to. I figured, how hard can this be! They sent me the document with the links I would need and I was ready to go. 3:45 rolls along and the Tech Team starts filing into the room. We get the chrome books out and ready to go to get set up with WeVideo and… it doesn’t work! Well turns out, it wasn’t WeVideo’s fault but rather my very own! So lesson learned, even when you think you have enough tech savvy to know what you’re doing, you don’t! Even worse, I had to swallow my bride a little and realize that had I listened a little more carefully to what one of the team members was telling me, we would have avoided the whole thing! I’ll have to admit that to him on Friday when we meet again. The learning never ends people!
I had to laugh when one of our grade 5 teachers walked in to see what we were up to, clearly noticing that I was a bit frazzled and laughed and said, “I’m glad this stuff happens to you too” while promptly walking out of the room laughing. All in good fun of course!
Tonight I tackled WeVideo and learned a few things:
- Slowing down and asking for help/accepting that you have learning you need to do is essential.
- WeVideo has an AMAZING set of FAQ as well as how to videos.
- When you embrace the learning it can actually be quite fun!
Here you have it, a screencast ready to go to teach our tech team how to make a screencast! It certainly could have used some refining but I think my tech team will be able to teach me a thing or two before I tackle my Summary of Learning!