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Learning Exercise

Material: Sketchcast
Submitted by: Cris Guenter on Jul 01, 2008
Date Last Modified: Jul 01, 2008
Title: Curriculum Concept Sketchcast
Description: This assignment is designed to introduce you to and show you how it can be used in teaching.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered
Time Required approximately 2-3 hours depending on schedule and access
Topics: This assignment can focus on any K-16 teaching content and will address the use of drawing or illustrating an educational concept as it is explained.
Course: Use of Computers & Instructional Media
Audience: College Upper Division, Graduate School, Professional
Prerequisites Skills: Basic understanding of how to use a microphone and a drawing tablet with a computer are
Learning Objectives: 1. The learner will be able to successfully construct a sketchcast that visually demonstrates and orally explains a selected curriculum concept. 2. The learner will be able field test and then reflect on the success of the completed sketchcast by observing his or her students actually use the sketchcast, discuss it with them. 3. The learner will summarize in writing what was learned from the sketchcast experience.
Technical Notes: In order to complete this assignment you need to have a microphone and a drawing tablet connected to your computer and in working order.
Text of Learning Exercise: 1. Select a curriculum concept that find you are repeatedly teaching and diagramming as you explain it. Break it down into basic steps. Include a sketch with each step. You will use this information as a reference and "working script" as you make your sketchcast.

2 Make sure you have a microphone and drawing tablet connected to your computer and that they are both working.

3. Go to Create a free account if you have not already done so. Login.

4. Read and explore the home page. Then click on the About link at the bottom of the page. View the sample sketchcast found in the middle of the page. It explains and demonstrates a sketchcast all at once.

5. To create your sketchcast, click on the link create on the upper right of the page. Give your sketchcast a name. Check the box "with voice" and slect the Tutorial Category.

6. Click on the box with the red dot that says start recording draft. Put the cursor in the drawing area and begin sketching AND speaking. This takes some practice. Select the eraser and hold the clicker down to remove lines. Click on the black box to change colors. In the colors box, you can also select a different line width in the upper right. The letter T box lets you type words. Click the "T" and place the cursor where you want to type the words. If you want to do all this using a full screen, use the Toggle Full Screen link on the lower right.

7. Practice with the sketchcast tools and recording your voice. When you pause the recording, you are given two choices: Restart—which clears the drawing area and Publish—which saves your sketchcast and generates a code for you so you can embed your sketchcast into a blog or web site. You are also given a specific URL so you can direct others to your sketchcast at

8. Create your curriculum concept Sketchcast and Publish it.

9. Field test your sketchcast in your teaching environment—classroom, library, after school club, t assignment for sports team, etc. Gather feedback from the users.

10. Submit the title, the URL, and a written summary reflection of your sketchcast experience including how it was used by your learners by the due date given in class.

Below is my first sketchcast called the Rule of Thirds.
Additional Information URL:
Assessment: The assessment for this assignment is performance based. See the rubric below.
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