Aloha Discussion

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4 Responses to Aloha Discussion

  1. Greg Walker says:

    Very cool Jim. Glad to have you back again as a participant. I look forward to some fun critical thinking! The Internet is creating a vastly different and open world for learning.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hey, Greg. Your MOOC last year reminded me how much fun learning really is, so when I got the announcement, I jumped. So much is happening in ed tech. It’s a magical time to be a teacher, and your — you and your staff’s — enthusiasm is infectious!

  2. Well done. Thank you. Are you willing to share how you did that video?

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks, Jacqueline. Yes, happy to.

      The short video was done with Camtasia. I haven’t had it very long — about a month. I’ve been using it to attack instructional problems that have been annoying me for years. (Disclaimer: I don’t work for nor am I in any way associated with the company.) It seems to have been designed by “real” teachers for addressing “real” teaching problems. Also, as an English teacher, I’m realizing that this program gives me a glimpse into what 21st century rhetoric could be — a multimedia art form. There must be other programs like this, but I’m not aware of them.

      It allows me to quickly mash still images with text and audio into videos. After I’m done, one of the options is to save the result in my free YouTube account. Once uploaded, I copy the URL and paste it in a post in my free WordPress instructional blog. Voila, it’s an embedded video for my students.

      It also allows me to work with videos on the fly. With the editor, I can add text, photos, and other features to videos that I’ve shot on my iPhone or my camera. I can “take” clips from other videos (including YouTube) and integrate them into my own videos. I can also record whatever I see on my computer screen — video and audio. For teachers, this is a fun way to create quick multimedia video lectures.

      I’m learning as I’m doing, and I ‘m the type who doesn’t use tutorials or manuals. I google as a last resort when I need specific info, but my approach is trial and error and what drives me is the desire to create videos that address specific instructional problems. Thus far, I’ve created four brief videos for my online students. Each is an improvement over the last since I’m learning as I go along.

      The major problem is cost. I wouldn’t have been able to afford Camtasia, so I was lucky to get a free legal copy from a friend who used to work there. They do offer a free 30-day(?) trial, but I’m not sure how that works or whether the software is somehow crippled.

      Again, I’m new to this type of app so I’m not sure what else is out there. My guess is that there must be others just as good if not better.

      I would suggest trying before buying. We all learn in different ways, and for some, the learning curve may be steep, leading to possible frustration. However, if you enjoy futzing with apps to see what they can do . . .

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