Su "mmm mmm mmm mmm" ary of Learning ECI 831
Close, but no Cigar!!
I did however have fun writing and rehearsing the song, and playing around with camera and the editing elements in MovieMaker with my mentor - part of my extended personal learning network. I will be advancing my knowledge of that program and devising its use in the very near future..
And the Winner Is?
VideoScribe had a delicious offer of a "free" 7-day trial subscription. How could I resist. It wouldn't be long, however, before I was purchasing a subscription to the site to use their software. The "free" version was extremely limiting, and therefore a commitment had to be made.
VideoScribe by Sparkol included documents and videos to guide users through their learning curve. I found these resources genuinely helpful in creating my first VideoScribe video. They not only explained how to create through the software tools, but what to include and why. I feel they did a good job not only creating but also packaging their product for usability.
Even with the subscription and the company provisos, there were still some short comings that I had to live with or resolve on my own. Firstly, not all images/animations were available with the subscription. There were free images/animations and then there were some you had to pay for - "premium" gifs. This was disappointing as I felt they should have come with the subscription. They weren't cheap either at $4.00 each I could see that using several of them would be costly (I did see a single image/animation for almost $30.00). Secondly, some of what I wanted to do, or needed to do was not explained by the company. I went to the Internet and my personal learning environment (PLE) to scour for "How-to" videos. I came across several and was able to use the information to help create my presentation. Here is an example of one video I found really helpful. It explains how to sync audio in two different ways.
It was helpful using the guide provided by VideoScribe to loosely storyboard the presentation before creating/recording. I feel with a few more presentations, I would be considerably more proficient with the tool and require much less time. All said my first VideoScribe took me roughly 10 hours to create - that does not include the story boarding or the "content" creation. It was however a worthwhile endeavor and much more fun while also more work than a short essay.
So without further adieu, my Summary of Learning for EC&I 831 2016.