Tuesday, September 15, 2009

BEAST Facilitation Skills

Demonstration of one way to facilitate the BEAST cognitive skills session from the SAM program.

On a whim today I decided to see what kind of video quality I could get from my bottom of the line Acer laptop, the free version of Debut Video Capture software and Windows Movie Maker that comes with Windows. It was the end of a very long day but wanted to demo something for my group so I did and recorded it.

After all of 5 minutes editing (added title, trimmed the end and added credits) I uploaded to BlipTV (also free) and within 20 minutes (during which time I had a shower and relaxed) BlipTV had not only rendered it, it was auto posted to my blog, my facebook and Twitter. Perma link here http://www.blip.tv/file/2607870 Crazy thing is it that it is also monitized. Blip.TV share 50% of ad revenue with show creators. Now if schools could do that and 50% of revenue.. well, that would be a cool business model to look at.

I also uploaded to TeacherTube and a Ning site I maintain for Aboriginal Justice Workers in BC. TeacherTube is still deciding if I can post it or not. Ning rendered and provided embeddable code in about 15 minutes.

The sounds not the best but it works. I'm kinda impressed.


Clint Lalonde said...

Nice Jamie!

Brian Lamb from UBC made a comment a few years ago in an EDUcause interview that with the current generation of tools, "people with modest technical skills are able to have outputs that seem reasonably sophisticated." I liked the quote and used it in a video intro I produced when Brian was a keynote speaker at our institution a few years ago (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHFQfz2lg9c also made with free tools!)

Not only do the tools get easier and easier, but they are getting more powerful as well. For example just yesterday I came across some good examples of using linked annotations in YouTube to create interactive stories (http://clintlalonde.net/2009/09/16/interactive-storytelling-with-youtube/). To be able to do this kind of production a few years ago would have been a major undertaking.

The rub is getting people comfortable with openness and transparency when using these tools. I still come across resistance when I suggest putting something outside of the password protected institutional walled garden. It's a comfort factor for most people who are not comfortable being quite that public. As time goes on, I think this will diminish as more and more people take those first baby steps and realize it is not such a bad thing being open. But for now I find getting people to use the tools is a problem for that reason. Still doesn't stop me from trying though :)

Jamie Billingham said...

I hear ya on that!