Last week, I discovered Screencast-O-Matic (SoC). SoC is a web application that allows you to record whatever you are doing on your computer screen (along with sounds), and publish it your own drive and/or to the web! Imagine, if you will, the possibilities! Endless!
I have been recording my how-to demonstrations in one class (I suppose I could pre-record too), and then using those recordings for my other classes. I am also publishing my recordings on my class blog. Students who were absent and/or need review can view my recordings and get the benefit of in-class instruction. Additionally, viewing the demonstrations allows me to crit my own teaching style. I'm not going to lie. . .I am SO excited about creating a virtual library of how-to's!
Here are two of my most recent recordings
How to Make a Landscape Collage (project inspired from Arteasculola -from here)
How to Make a Ming Vase (project inspired Becker Middle School Art -from here)
P.S. I should add. . .Students who viewed these demos had already participated in an Art History discussion related to the project. . .And, had viewed an exemplar. . . My point? That they already had a rudimentary idea of what was/is going on! :)