Monthly Archives: June 2013

Exclusive Links Screencast Example

This is a screencast of my first attempt to create codes in the code window for my eWorkbooks project about a week and a half after my training. It has been a while since my training, so I am a little rusty, but just about everything in this program is pretty intuitive. In this screencast I give an example of how the exclusive link feature could be used in educational research. I also demonstrate how simple it is to copy/paste new codes, add links, and edit the codes using the inspector.


eWorkbook Project

Before I post my screencasts of me using StudioCode to code video for my most recent research pilot study, I will give a brief synopsis of the study so you will better understand some of my codes and choices throughout the process.

The pilot study was a qualitative study of an intervention I created along with two colleagues, which we called the eWorkbook.  This eWorkbook was designed to replace math worksheets during independent math practice time for 6 kindergarten students.  The eWorkbook is an electronic worksheet presented to students on an iPad with built-in supports to help students become more independent and to provide any additional teaching supports that cannot be given to students when there is only one teacher in the classroom.  The photos attached to this post show some example pages of our pilot eWorkbooks.

We made these eWorkbooks using free software called iBooks author and free online site for widgets compatible with iBooks author called Bookry.  The specific tech software is not what’s important with our tool; we are investigating what our tool can offer in terms of student independence, engagement, and achievement with mathematics.  Some of the built-in supports included video re-teaching, audio prompts for directions, electronic manipulatives, and immediate feedback on their work.  For the pilot study, we wanted to see how young students were able to work with this kind of tool and if it was a socially valid option for practicing math concepts while also strengthening their math skills.  We video recorded students while using the eWorkbooks and during interviews, and we will use StudioCode to do some open coding of engagement, independence, and achievement.  ImageImageImageImage

Where do I begin?

I have had one full day of training on the basics of StudioCode software and already my head is spinning with thoughts and ideas about uses of this software for my field:  Here are just a few of my initial thoughts:

  • StudioCode is more than video coding software.  It has data analysis (descriptive statistics) capabilities through the use of scripting code windows.  The same code windows used for data collection and analysis can also turn into a powerful presentation tool!  I am astounded at some of the amazing presentations Ryan has put together to present coded video.
  • The live capture capability is one of the features (one of many) that makes this program stand out from other video coding programs.  I can see this as a very useful tool for teacher observations, particularly using the Apollo software to access code windows.  Schools could make a standard “quality indicators” code window based on their APPR plan and/or they could have individual code windows set up based on specific goals for teachers to improve their teaching practices (e.g., the use of positive praise/language, the amount of wait time after a question is posed, the use of proximity control to monitor behavior).  A live could set up a camera to video record a teacher’s lesson during an observation while an administrator or teacher coach simply touched the screen to code live during an observation.  Any additional coding could be added later.  I see this as a huge advantage to only being able to code after recording is completed because of the amount of time it could waste.  An evaluator could theoretically code 8 or 9 observations a day (one per period) and not have any “homework” after the observations if the code windows were set up correctly.
  • StudioCode allows multiple videos to be “stacked” for coding.  In sports, this allows for multiple angles of the same incident.  In education, this is also useful, particularly when conducting research.  I just finished a pilot research  study  utilizing the iPad as a multimodal eWorkbook to replace traditional paper-pencil worksheets during independent math practice. When I start up the next phase of the research this fall, I will try to utilize two cameras:  one that focuses in on the iPad to code the engagement with the iPad and one that focuses a more broad look on the classroom to look at the student’s independence (to see how the student interacts with other people in the room).
  • The code window allows for visual representation of the hierarchy of codes.  The activation links can allow for detailed codes to activate broader categories.

Look for some upcoming video posts to demonstrate these ideas in action!