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Documenting Reading and Writing with Doodlecast App

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The more I use Doodlecast Pro ($3.99) the more I like this app. My favorite app for recording audio on a screen has always been Educreations (Free) because of the simplicity of the app. The two things I think Doodlecast offers over Educreations is the ability to have multiple pages and the ability to export the videos directly to the camera roll. I love that the iPad gives me different ways to document things that are happening in the classroom. I plan to use Doodlecast Pro in this way and share the results with parents at our last conference. Here are a few ideas I had app…

Reading: I wanted to document the kids reading their decodable books or leveled readers in a different way than just a simple video. My goal was for the parents to be able to see the story, hear their child’s voice, and know where their child’s eyes were looking. So I took a screen shot of their readers and added those pages to Doodlecast. Then as the kids read the story I asked them to touch under the word just like we do during our reading groups. I think this does a great job of documenting their reading. As I get more and more reading samples I plan to make a library of videos that the class can use as a reading center. I know they will enjoy reading along with their friends. (example below)

Writing: I basically did the same thing as the reading example except this time I took a picture of their journal paper. I like this idea even more than the reading one because I think it will give great insight into their story making process and writing ability. I wish I had done this at the beginning of the year to document their growth. Next year I plan to make one writing sample each month. (example below)

*I decided to leave in the “made with Doodlecast Pro” at the end of the video for these examples. I will be removing that part of the video with iMovie before saving the final product for my class or parents. I will make a separate post soon showing how easy that process is

What other ways do you see using this app for writing or reading? 

8 Responses to Documenting Reading and Writing with Doodlecast App

  1. Excellent post–plan to share with preschool, kindergarten, and 1st grade teachers. It is okay to use your video in a blog post? I will link back to this post, etc.?

  2. Matt,

    Thank you for sharing this idea for documenting reading performance. Great idea for literacy instruction.

  3. Anja says:

    I use Explain Everything to document reading and writing. What advantages are there to using Doodlecast?

    • Matt Gomez says:

      Anja, I can’t think of any advantage Doodlecast has over Explain Everything as far as features. I feel Doodlecast is more simple to use so I introduce it first to the class and then Explain Everything later in the year. For documenting as a teacher use whatever you like most for sure!

  4. I love it I can’t wait to get back to school and try this

  5. Christine Ruder says:

    This is my 2nd year using the Doodlecast Pro. I love it for exactly the reasons that you outlined. It is one of only two apps that are not free that I recommend. It is so worth it!

  6. Lisa says:

    Once you have saved your doodle cast video to a camera roll, for example the sample of the student reading, where do you upload the video to? I was thinking of creating electronic portfolios for my students and want to import the video file to their electronic portfolio however so far I can’t get Evernote to upload the video from my camera file. Do you use an “organizational” app to keep all your students video files/ portfolio pieces?
    Thanks for your help, I love reading and getting ideas from your blog.
    Your not so techie follower ;) , Lisa

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