A few months ago we were asked to submit a video to introduce ourselves to an online class. My original video was simple and was shot using my iPad with no editing. Since that recording I have read Crafting Digital Writing (2013) and have gained a new understanding of what makes good digital media. Troy Hicks (2013) introduces MAPS to readers which stands for mode, media, audience, purpose, and situation. In my original video my purpose was to introduce myself to fellow classmates giving information about my life and career. The purpose of my final video is the same; however, I also wanted to focus on the media used to publish my final video. As I was brainstorming on how to revise my original video submission for our course, I remembered a session I attended at a local workshop which focused on the use of TouchCast as a professional development tool to create and share PD in an interactive and engaging way. I decided to give it a try! Troy Hicks also emphasized in Crafting Digital Writing (p. 112,2013) that students may benefit from using blending different media elements in order to increase interest. Because of this, I created the TouchCast using screenshots from websites and inserting pictures to enhance the video content.
I also reflected on my original submission based on what Hicks says on pg 11 of Crafting Digital Writing (2013). Hicks emphasizes many elements to be considered when crafting video and I chose to focus on panning and zooming, film effects, sound effects and music. The video begins with a mock newsreel and includes in-picture supports. The sound effects played also support the newscast feel. Panning and zooming is also used to transition between my video and the in-picture supports including pictures and websites which are interactive. The viewer can stop the video and explore the website at any time.
I wanted to explore TouchCast more because I believe it could be a valuable tool for my job as a tech coach. I believe this might be an effective tool to deliver on-demand professional development. The videos of someone teaching along with the websites being demonstrated will support all visual and auditory learners. One feature I would like to explore more is the whiteboard app which allows the creator to pull up a whiteboard space and record written thoughts as they are teaching.More Resources: