Increasing Student Engagement With Camtasia
It's a Simple Equation: More Engagement = Better Grades
About Aaron Sams
Aaron Sams teaches biology, chemistry, and AP chemistry at Woodland Park High School in Colorado. In 2010, he was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Math Teaching. Aaron's goal as a teacher is to empower students to become learners who can learn for themselves and by themselves.
More Time to Interact With Students
Before flipping his classroom with Camtasia Studio, Aaron took a step back and realized he wasn't fully meeting his goal. "One of the problems that I was guilty of is that the classroom was centered around me," he said.
Now, in his flipped classroom, Aaron has been able to increase student engagement and student-centered learning opportunities. He records screencasts of his lectures with Camtasia Studio which then become the homework for his students. The kids watch the lectures at home and come to class with time to do more experiments, explore the content, and interact with each other. "When the students come to class, they don't show up to learn new content, they show up to apply the things they learned at home through the videos," Aaron said.
Aaron has found that he has more time to interact with students one-on-one. He's also seen more student collaboration and excitement surrounding in-class activities.
"Students are more engaged in my class now that technology like Camtasia Studio has allowed me to flip the classroom. I have virtually no D's. D's have become C's, C's have become B's, and B's have become A's. And student engagement has massively increased. They are excited about learning. It's great to see the 'lightbulb ah-ha' moments when students are working collaboratively," Aaron said.