Communication and Collaboration Tools: Day Two



Welcome back! I’m writing this post before I even left  for Port Austin, Michigan, so I’m working on the assumption that I may be quite tired for today’s class. I asked you to all comment on two classmates’ blog postings. How did that work out? Did you approve the comment? If not, take a moment to do that now by logging into your Blogger site.


So – you’ve chosen a tool from Friday’s list (which can also be found on the Web 2.0 tab of our class blog) or you’ve found one on your own. Here’s a link to the tools the 9:05 and 10:10 classes will be working on.  Now you just need to create a commercial about your tool.

Step One:

Talk with others in the class who are learning the same tool as you. What did they discover? What are they planning to highlight in their commercial?  Is this person someone you’d like to partner up with for this project? It’s not too late to do this assignment with a classmate.

Step Two:

Plan what you are going to include in your commercial.  You’re selling a product and teaching us a little about it – more like an infomercial.  Here’s an example that does a great job of making me want the product and giving me all kinds of ideas for how to use it (and it’s a huge bargain that will change your life!!)

But no one did infomercials as well as Billy Mays.

But if you grew up in the ’70′s and ’80′s you always wished your mom would order these.

But wait, there’s more!!!  See Time’s list of 25 best/worst infomercials. To help you think about the Jing commercials we will be creating, here is an example from Adam’s Portfolio.

As a class we’ll discuss what should go in your commercial and what the requirements are. We’ll post them here.

Spend some time planning out your commercial:

  • What are the main topics/features of your tool that you need to cover?
  • How can you make the tool exciting for you audience?
  • Who is your audience anyway?

Step Three: Learn to use Jing. With the free version you can only record 6 minutes or less. We want to stick to less than 2 minutes.  You’ll likely want to test out Jing a few times to make sure everything is recording properly. Some of you may be more adventurous and want more editing capabilities. Don’t worry, we’ll advance to iMovie and Moviemaker Live for a future project.

You can have your tool as the screen image the entire time you are talking about the tool or you can have some PowerPoint slides or other images to use along with the actual tool. If you’re absent from class today (or just need a refresher) view Jing tutorials here. I also made a video that will help you through all parts of using Jing.

For Wednesday:

1. Wednesday will be a workday for you or your group to work independently on the commercial. This classroom will be available and I will be here from 9:00-11:00 to help.

2. Review the requirements for your commercial (from the class document). Also view Adam’s commercial if you’d like to see an example.

3. Create your commercial with Jing. When you are finished, create a new page on your website called, “Communication and Collaboration.”  On that webpage, write a short description of your tool, provide a link to your tool, and provide a link to your Jing commercial.  A screenshot of your commercial would be great, too (and you can use Jing to create the screenshot!)

***Very important. Check out this video for saving your video via Screencast. If you save the video as a .swf file, it will be impossible to share (unless you are able to convert to a movie file). Better just to save it via Screencast (then you can access the file from any computer with your log on).

Just for fun – this is the best infomercial ever!



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