June 11, 2021 – DENTON – When it comes to phone apps, there is a saying: "There's an app for that." However, Minkowan Goo, PhD, associate professor in the department of teacher education at Texas Women's University, found that this is not always the case.
Goo saw a need for a better resource for teachers to create video models, an evidence-based practice for teaching skills to students. His solution was a new application for iPhone and iPad called PlayVimo.
Aimed at special education teachers to specifically model life and social skills, Goo says the app is ultimately a good resource for anyone who needs to teach a skill.
“Everybody has smartphones. Children, grandparents, everyone. Everyone has a skill set. This is a simple tool to help teach a skill, ”Goo said. “There is a lot of research showing that video is an effective intervention for children. I even look for videos whenever I need to learn how to work on my car or something like that so it's not just for students. We all learn from video. ”
PlayVimo asks a teacher in a step-by-step process to create a short video detailing a skill. Once all the skill is completed, a teacher can switch the application to student mode so that the student can learn from the video.
"I want to help the teachers," Goo said. "This is a quick and easy way to create video models."
Goo's combination of experience and interests uniquely prepared him to create PlayVimo, a title that combines the words "game," "video," and "modeling." Goo started his career as a teacher and has always had an interest in technology. His research interests are the use of technology to teach students with disabilities.
Over 20 years ago, while studying as a teacher, Goo tried to integrate the html code for a demo he was teaching. His supervising teacher at the time said it was too early to try. It was too late for Goo. His interest in technology grew until he learned to code and program himself. You are in the process of learning a new coding language so that PlayVimo will be available to Android users in the future.
“Programmers program and educators educate. I wanted to meet both of them, ”Goo said. "My experience helps PlayVimo to be useful because I incorporated educational theories into programming."
So now there is an app for that.
For more information on PlayVimo, video modeling, and Goo's 7 Cs strategy for teaching a skill, visit playvimo.com.
Last page update 9:58 a. M., June 11, 2021