Communication and Collaboration Tools: Day 2

I asked you to all comment on a classmate’s blog posting. 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 our class will be working on.  Now you just need to create a commercial about your tool.

Before Beginning: Create a new “Communication and Collaboration” page on your Google Site.

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!!)

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 Rebecca’s Portfolio.

Spend some time planning out your commercial – the following elements are required for this project:

  • What are the features of your tool?
  • Why would a teacher, parent, administrator, resource teacher, and/or student use it? How does this tool support learning-related activities?
  • Tie your info/commercial to the theme of supporting learning with technology.

Step Three: You should have already downloaded Jing if you are using a personal computer. Create your Screencast.com account.

Step Four: Obtain a computer headset of headphones/mic. You can check these out from the OIT (room 232)

Step Five: 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.

Step Six: Review the sample informercials above, the tutorial(s) on the Jing website, and any other “how-to” videos, such as this video I made to help you through all parts of using Jing. 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.

Step Seven: Create a written outline of your design and, if needed, a seperate outline or script to guide you as you record your narrative. This does not have to be long (a typical commercial is about 60 seconds).

Step Eight: Open Jing, open your materials, sign in to your Screencast.com account, and create your Jing video.

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Step Nine: In Jing, use the “three arrows” button on the lower left (it’s the far left button in the group to the left), to publish your video to Screencast.com. Immediately go to your Google site and past the link to your video into the Communication and Collaboration web page you created in your site (the link will already be in  your computer’s clipboard at this point). Add any labeling or commentary needed on your web page.

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 8:45-9:55 to help.

2. Take a look at some sample student videos created in the past by looking at their Google Site “Communication and Collaboration” page. This is one example, Ellyn’s commercial.

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).

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