We invite you to join us on “The Quest for the Summary of Knowledge” with Amanda Brace and Catherine Ready.
This semester in EC&I 833 – Foundations of Educational Technology: History, Theory and Practice, the impact of our class community has had a major influence on my understanding of the topics covered throughout the course. Amanda and I have taken many Edtech classes together and are currently working in the same building. Many conversations have taken place over the last two months exploring ideas for our final summary of learning. I am very grateful for the opportunity to bounce many silly (but awesome!) ideas off Amanda and to deepen my understanding of course concepts and tools.
I would like to highlight a few of the tools Amanda and I used to create our video, as we spent a spent a large portion of the semester learning how to incorporate these tools in our everyday practice.
- Google Docs – We created a collaborate document to share our brainstorming ideas and outline for the video.
- Google Drive – To upload the video clips that we recorded on our iPhones (11 and 12).
- Zoom/Facetime – We met virtually to discuss, plan and edit our video throughout the process.
- WeVideo – We created a shared project to work on the edits together. I want to note that although WeVideo has released a collaborative project option, it is still a beta version. Some of the tools like cropping videos are not available in the collaborative version yet.
- Snapchat – Sometimes we sent each other long Snapchat videos explaining a random idea we had for the video or to discuss what we worked on during our own time.
- Green screen – Although not a specific educational tool, we had a LOT of fun experimenting with green screen and chroma key backgrounds. WeVideo has an exceptional collection of stock videos, photos, audio and chroma key backgrounds to use.
Final scene shots
We want to acknowledge that due to COVID restrictions, we were very mindful of recording safely in person. We wore masks and if scenes included both of us, we recorded the scene separately and then edited the clips together. This is very easy to do when you are using a green screen background.
- Tip – Instead of just using the green screen as a wall background, let the fabric drape onto the floor to make it look like you are standing in your scene!
I also want to thank my brother for making a guest appearance as our narrator. He recorded the clips as voice notes and then sent them to me via iMessage. Overall, I really enjoyed the collaborative process that we used to create our video. The COVID restrictions forced us to think outside box and work efficiently on our own and also together through Zoom meetings and Snapchat videos. We are both experienced WeVideo users, but by sharing our screens and editing together, we left the project with new tips and tricks.
Thank you to everyone for a great semester and I look forward to continuing to connect over Twitter in the future!
Until next time,
5 thoughts on “The Quest for the Summary of Knowledge”
Catherine, I loved your summary of learning!! The title and all the scenes totally reminded me of Narnia :)! You and Amanda did such an amazing job. I had to watch it twice (lol)! I really enjoyed the levels you came up with and the “key to the summary of knowledge”! I appreciate all the extra notes on your blog on how you created this project together. It is so cool you can layer green screens. I had absolutely no idea that was a function!! You really set the bar high for the next classes! I have to say, I have learned so much from your posts and have always appreciated your perspective in class. It’s been so great learning with you over the past few semesters and good luck in all our future endeavors! Look forward to staying connected and learning together on Twitter! 🙂
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Thank you Shelby! Good luck in the future!
You and Amanda are a dynamic duo. Loved the summary you two did … it was fun, engaging, and highlighted so much of what eci 833 was about. I’m glad that my journey took place at the same time as yours, as I learned a lot from you. Good luck in the future (hope you judge Olypimic skating someday), and I look forward to staying in touch. Take care
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You are way too kind Dean! Thank you for all your support throughout this edtech journey! Looking forward to staying connected. Take care!