The audience for my media creation is my eleventh and twelfth-grade Psychology students. I began this assignment by creating a video in Adobe Spark using a powerpoint I use introducing WWII to my students. The purpose of the video was to give absent students the ability to access the information covered in class. The creation of my video on Adobe Spark was not terrible; however, I didn’t like that it kept zooming in on the video because I used screenshots of my original slides and added them into the video. I figured there had to be a better tool to use. When I signed onto the slack page I noticed that Kat had created a video explaining her assignment by recording the screen. When I was watching her video I realized that I could create my PowerPoint the same way and then I could use my actual PowerPoint without having to screenshot anything! I decided to ditch Adobe Spark and start working in one of the suggested tools: Kaltura CaptureSpace Desktop Recorder.
I wanted to use this tool because I felt that it would not be time-consuming. When it comes to adopting tools or media creation in the classroom, for me it comes down to having the time to do it. I can see the potential of using media creation in my classroom with the idea of a flipped classroom giving more time in class for hands-on activities. It would also be especially helpful having a way for students that miss school because of sports, activities or sickness to be able to access the same information. Beyond using it for absent students, I also think using instructional videos outside of class to introduce material will give me more time in class to do the fun hands-on activities I like to do in class. My one fear of creating these instructional videos and a major pitfall would be if I take the time to create the videos I want them to be utilized by my students and not just a waste of my time. I did log into Ed Puzzle to check out what it was based on interest from the title. I could always use the Ed Puzzle as a way to check students understanding and if they are watching the video. I am just concerned about all of the extra steps that would be involved in this process if I were to complete it using these tools.
I am pretty nervous recording myself. It feels so unnatural for me and I often find myself paying way too much attention to myself rather than the information that I am providing. Due to my nerves in the creation of this assignment, I decided I would focus on instructional how-to videos for students outside of class to rather than a PowerPoint, to begin with. I would like to start using Google Keep in my classroom, I began this assignment by creating a video helping students add notes, lists, videos, etc. to Google Keep. I am hoping that the more I use the tool and record videos that it will become more natural and feel less rushed or scripted. As I become more comfortable recording myself on camera the better my use of the tool will become and the more applicable it will become in my classroom. I would love to be able to eventually be recording my PowerPoints for students to have access to the information even if they are not present. Thanks for checking out my video below:
DUCAUSE Learning Initiative (2012). 7 Things you should know about flipped classrooms. EDUCAUSE Creative Commons. Retrieved from: https://library.educause.edu/~/media/files/library/2012/2/eli7081-pdf.pdf
Hibbert, M. C. (2014). What Makes an Online Instructional Video Compelling?.