My Blog Choice

http://screencast.com/t/gWzkWnC4tR9a

I have had experience with Jing in the past. For  A class, Computers and Education, we had to do several projects using Jing. I didn’t have a great deal of difficulty with this, although I tried to figure out how to embed the video right in the blog. However I gave up after a while do to time constraints.  Also, I apologize for the audio. I practically had the mic in my mouth and still couldn’t get great audio.  I even messed around with the settings and nothing.

I think Jing is a great tool and very useful for many different instances. For example, for my Computers and Education class we has to do a lesson using JIng. Similar to Aaron’s tutorials these were full on lessons.  In a scholastic future that most certainly is relying more and more on the internet  this will be an important skill for on-line educators.  Teachers can use this for conducting a complete lesson to tutorial examples for the whole class or an explanation to one student who is having difficulty.

Jing also has a more practical employment for non educators or ” the everyday person”. Fo example, I had to explain to a relative how to program a ver complicated television remote control. After spending hours on the phone with no success I took a shot and created a Jing video demonstrating each step. The videos now can be viewed at any point a question arises.     However, in my opinion those in the virtual education field would be the ones who get the most out of Jing.

For, me the hardest part of this assignment was first, deciding on which blog to use, and second the audio. Not that the audio problem is anything Jing related, because it is not. It is my VERY inadequate set up here.  I think the easiest solution is to go buy better equiptment !


Yoshi Goes Extream

Video Editing borrowed from blogspot.com


Sharing My First Podcast

1st Podcast

Well here it is , my podcast, and it took me a mere six hours to complete.  For this assignment I had many obstacles before me.  The biggest being I have a PC not a Mac.  I know, no sympathy for me because EVERYONE should have a Mac. I happen to agree, but until I come to the proverbial light side, I am stuck.  So, my biggest obstacle was finding an audio editing program that I could figure out. I tried three, they were: Mixcraft 5,  AVS audio editor, and Audacity.

Mixcraft 5 was the first one I downloaded because it was supposed to be the closest to Garageband. Ok, maybe it is, but I couldn’t tell ! I couldn’t even figure out how to upload music to it. So after hours of getting no where I decided to move on to the next victim. ironically I spent the most time with this program and got the least on  my investment.

AVS Audio Editor was number two.  I got a bit farther with this one. I managed to get music into it, but couldn’t figure out how to do anything with it !  I googled and searched  but to no avail. There wasn’t a good tutorial to be found. It was a t this point I seriously contemplated just going and buying a Mac ! However, my checkbook ( and my wife) quickly  put an end to that plan, so forward I trudged on !

Third times a charm, well kind of, Audacity was next.  It was the simplest interface of all three. I was just hoping it did all I needed it to.  I managed to get music uploaded, like Garageband it was drag and drop.  splicing was a bit more difficult. Unlike Garageband you weren’t able to just click on one spot and then a second to splice. ( or at least I don’t think you could) To splice you had to “eye” the two spots where you were going to splice and hope for the best. Well, it wasn’t THAT bad. It did allow you to slide either point and adjust the splice until you got what you wanted.  Also, Audacity had some really good tutorials and once I got into them everything else went fairly smooth.

I’m happy with my production, although I am not a big fan of listening to myself. ( Although with two young kids I feel like  I am always talking to myself.  Taking into account I had to start ground zero with a new program I am happy with the work.  I have a good friend who does a consumer podcast http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/pod/. I eventually want to teach at the college level, on-line courses in particular. I could see where this would be very useful in an online classroom setting.

Ok, now I am going to post this and hope everyone can access my podcast.  Fingers crossed !


Intro to Blogging

This is the second blog I have created. Last semester for my “Romantic Politics” seminar one of our assignments through the semester was a weekly blog. I thought I was fairly familiar with the process on WordPress, but it seems I was slightly mistaken.  It was not extremely hard, but I found myself getting a bit turned around. Eventually I found my way and seem to be catching on (I hope).

For this blog I followed the requirements set forth, so except for the images and descriptions for the pages everything was laid out. There are some things I am not 100% sure of. For example:

1.)    How do we link to the blogs of our classmates?

2.)    Is there a way to change the color of the font?

3.)    Is there a way to set smaller pictures in the header while not replacing the whole header?

4.)    How do we link pictures?

5.)    Is there a table that explains what all the widgets do?

These are just some of the issues I am trying to sort out. For my English seminar the requirements for the blog were not nearly as formal. It was just create a blog and go, so there really wasn’t much to figure out.  This is much different and there is more depth to it.  Like anything else, with time I am sure it will get easier.  For now I am just playing around with the different functions and seeing what they bring to the table.  Some I like and can see myself using and others not so much. But for now I will appreciate any help and suggestions thrown my way!


Getting Your Point Across

Borrowed from fakeposter.com