I used Powtoon to create my Summary of Learning. I really like Powtoon. Once you get used to using it, you can create professional looking presentations fairly quickly. I paid for a student account so that I could have access to the Pro level animations and it allows you to create a 10-minute video rather than a 3-minute video. The student account also provides scenes that can be easily edited to fit your needs. To me, this was definitely worth paying for rather than using the free account.
Can you believe it? We are almost at the end of a semester. EC&I 831 has come and gone (minus a few small tasks that need to get finished, along with a real life hangout!), but other than that, the final chapter is almost complete.
My very first Masters class is coming to an end, and I am feeling proud of what I have accomplished in the last three months. It’s hard to believe how much I experienced and learned through the duration of this course. I am incredibly grateful for my classmates and professor who motivated and inspired me along the way. To demonstrate what I have learned throughout the course, I created a Summary of my Learning.
I had so many ideas of where to go with this project, but in the end, I am glad I went with a tool that was easy to learn and for the most part, easy to use. I heard about the tool Video Scribe from the media creation list that Alec suggested. I tried to use the free trial version, but it had the company label as the background for the whole presentation, so instead, I paid a hefty $35 for a one month subscription. Fortunately, in the end, it was worth the money because it was convenient and fun to use!
Even though the program was easy to use, my project still took a lot of time to plan and develop. I spent a lot of time writing my summary, figuring out how to use the program, recording my voice on Garage Band, finding all of the images and clip art, timing the presentation, exporting it, and the list goes on. However, all of my hard work paid off because my Summary of Learning is ready to watch!
Daina and I partnered together for our Summary of Learning. We had many ideas of how we shared what we learned, but in the end we decided to make our own version of a Kid Snippet video. Our Teacher Snippet stars Daina as “The Intern” and myself as “The Veteran Teacher”. I downloaded an app on my phone that allowed us to change our voices into kids voices, and then made a video of us lip syncing the words (some of it may look like a really bad Kung Fu movie). We had a ton of fun making the video and both agree that our “changed” voices are a combination of kids and valley girls. I hope everyone enjoys the video!
My final summary of learning for EC&I 831: Social Media and Open Education:
In my summary of learning, I wanted to capture everything I have learned over the last few months. I thought it would be fun to incorporate the top 5 social media apps that we discussed in the course and challenge myself to use or understand the apps.
YouTube (user for 12 years – my first upload was July 2007!)
VSCO (user for 5 years, but only recently understanding the VSCO Girl concept)
I hope the brief social media interludes in the video highlight some of the obsessions and common uses of the apps. I will say one thing – if you have not downloaded TikTok, be careful. I fell into a deep, dark hole of videos for over 2 hours…you’ve been warned!
Secondly, I originally wanted to include Rick Mercer style rants addressing the main issues and topics in EC&I 831. I quickly realized that it is impossible to film in the “rant” style as a solo videographer with a selfie-stick and an iPhone. In the video, I discuss the topics that resonated with me the most: