Melitta Williams -Assignment 1: Educational Technologies Blog


   Assignment 1

   Educational Technologies Blog

  Melitta Williams

Wikipedia. (2004). Jon Udell: Heavy metal umlaut. Retrieved from

The first resource is called Screencasting according to Friedman (2011) “screencasting is a video of a computer screen combined with narration that compliments the video” (p.1).  From the example, Richardson (2010) “suggests to view an operational screencast from the website” (p.123). Upon viewing the suggested link “Jon Udell, navigator explains how a “discussion was created on April 2003 about an article on heavy metal umlaut” (Wikipedia, 2004). The results indicated that from that “discussion that started in April 2003, people were able to go back and make changes to the page and with that capability on June of 2004 someone went in and included obscene language to the text” (Wikipedia, 2004).

The reason I chose to reflect upon screencasting is because I feel this is a creative way for students to be able to be adventurous, responsible, and include technology into projects which makes it fun for learning and them being able to take control of how and what they are learning.

Example one

The first way I would incorporate screencasting into the classroom would be by having students get into groups of four to six and create a video by using a computer. They would have to able to use different images from the internet and then later publish their work onto a website of their choice.

Example two

The second example of how I would corporate screencasting in education is by me the educator interacting with learners by creating a screencast then asking them to create a screencast to interact with me.

The second media I have chosen to discuss is Flickr, according to (Yahoo, 2012) “Flickr helps people make photos available to people who matter to them as well as helping people make new ways of organizing photos and videos.” Richarson (2012) states “the easiest place for teachers and students to began experimenting with creating and publishing content other than text is by digital photographing” (p.101).

The reason for selecting this technology is because this is a great way to share, letting others see what you are proud of and photos is a sense of what one has accomplished and why it is important to them. For example I was picked as a candidate for Super Sunday. This is a program where I was able to share my experiences and awareness to the community about being a college student. I also did a photo shoot at our local community college here in Maysville where I was put in a brochure for other students to see and recognize me for my achievements.

Example one

The first way I feel that Flickr can be used in the classroom is by learners being able to reflect upon culture and this can be done by learners sharing photos and interacting with other students online from a different country. This reminds of how pen pal worked when I was in high school and we had to send a letter and photo to another student from another country, it was a great way of meeting new people and finding out about who they were.

Example two

The second way I would use Flickr is by having learners create and share a photo story about who they are. I feel that this could be a great ice breaker project to do an introduction upon the beginning of class and helps people learn about their backgrounds and what is important in their life.


Friedman, J. (2011). Common elements of effective screencasts. Retrieved from

Richardson, W. (2010). Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for classrooms (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Wikipedia. (2004). Jon Udell: Heavy metal umlaut. Retrieved from

Yahoo. (2012). About Flickr. Retrieved from

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