Video Feedback with Letsrecap.com
letsrecap.com is the answer I've been looking for in student video feedback, and I think it's got huge potential to positively impact my classroom. I've used screencasting for student video feedback in the past, and it's great, but it's time consuming, and the workflow isn't as seamless as I'd like despite the ease of Google Classroom.
What is letsrecap.com? It's a free video feedback app that is cross platform and allows students to respond with a brief video. It's perfect for giving every student a chance to voice his opinion, share an idea, summarize his learning, or provide a reflective self-assessment.
How does it work? Like many other feedback classroom apps, the teacher creates a virtual classroom (I didn't see Google Classroom integration yet, but it's in beta right now, so maybe?), students join with a unique code or by email, you create a video prompt, and students respond with a video. You can change how long you want the student responses to be (15 secs-2 mins.), set a due date, assign to a whole class or select students, and include a thumbs up, thumbs sideways, thumbs down "Assess Yourself!" poll question.
Students log in to letsrecap.com, click on the assignment, watch the video prompt (there's a written caption), click the record button, and make a student feedback video. It's quick and easy. When their responses are recorded, you can view a graph of the "Assess Yourself!" poll, see each response, play all responses, and it even creates a review reel of highlights with a whimsical frame added to the video. The result for me? I had a face to face virtual conference with each of my students, and I viewed it in less than 10 minutes. Awesomeness!
Three reasons you'll love letsrecap.com
Personalizes and streamlines video conferencing and feedback: letsrecap.com allows students to record short one take video feedback to a video prompt that you provide. To hear their tone and see their expressions in their video feedback adds a personalization to the feedback process that I wasn't expecting. My 8th graders Snapchat regularly, and I think the idea of giving a quick video feedback is a task that might be familiar to most of them because it's just like a "snap" on Snapchat, a quick video.
Develops Student Agency and Student Voice: I loved giving my students the chance to voice their personal opinion and literally hear their voice; the shy, quiet student and the outspoken student all get heard, and all students get a chance to communicate in a format that is familiar and comfortable for them.
It's free and fun! Oh, and differentiated! The first time we practiced with letsrecap.com, my room was filled with self-conscious giggles and a little goofiness, and that was OK. They were getting comfortable with the tool. I imagine the next time we give feedback, it will go more smoothly, and students will take the task to heart. I can see this being a tool I turn to regularly for formative feedback or to gather reflections from each student. I love the options for differentiation that are built in as you could potentially customize lessons for students. Imagine Parent Teacher conferences with a personalized video input from the student. Fantastic!
I'll eagerly add letsrecap.com to my toolbox of digital feedback tools. Give it a try, and let me know how it goes.