Teaching 7th graders is an adventure! Yesterday I introduced screencasting to my class. We watched an introductory video on Jing. Talked about screencasting. Watched a second screencast created (by a high school student, I think) in Jing on how to download and install Jing. Downloaded and installed Jing , then I gave them their task and set them free to do their thing.
We are learning about word processing. I know it sounds basic, but you’d be surprised how many of my 12 year old digital natives do not know how to make a document double-spaced; aligned left, aligned right, or centered; or how to add a header to a document. Each student was given a simple aspect word processing to share and they were tasked with creating a very short screencast tutorial that explains how to do their thing in Word. As I explained the task a girl raised her hand and asked, “Do we have to talk in our screencast?”
I replied, “If you can figure out a way to communicate the instruction clearly with out talking, then go for it.”
Ten seconds later, a boy raised his hand and asked, “Do we have to talk in our screencast?”
The 7th grade girl chimed in, “Dude, I literally just asked that question. And when I say “literally” I mean it with the literal meaning of “literally!” Bwahahaha!!!
The boy laughed, looked over at me and said, “So, do we have to talk in the video?”
Me: “Ask her …”
Girl: “I’m not telling you!”
Whole class: Bwahahaha!!!
I love 7th graders!!!