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With three marking periods under my belt and summer vacation in sight, I am feeling a bit refreshed. The dawning of spring usually improves my mood, with its sunnier and warmer days. Spring is when I traditionally take time to spruce up my wardrobe, try out new hairstyles, and recommit to a healthier diet along with being more active. Now that I'm feeling a bit more on top of things and relaxed, I am making this attempt to start blogging again. No promises, but we'll take it a week at a time and see how it goes.
Today, I am excited to discuss some breakthroughs I made over the weekend, while redoing a scavenger hunt tutorial for my class website. I have been using the pro version of Screencast-O-Matic since 2010. Hands down, it is the best $15 out of what I spend each year on web tools. With the pro version, I have access to very useful editing tools.
This weekend I learned to use the script tool. Since my tutorial is pretty long--18 minutes--the script tool helped me by chunking it into easier to manage parts. I was able to record my voice first, then record the screenshots by following my own directions. I was also able to add my own Power Point slide (saved as a .jpeg file) to the video, prompting my students to pause the tutorial and complete tasks. What a difference from the original recording--so much more professional!
Anyone interested in taking an in-depth look at my class website is encouraged to check out the tutorial on the left. After going to the tutorial, you can start by opening a new tab, entering this URL: tinyurl.com/mmstechclass, and toggling back and forth between the tutorial and the live website.
This blog, "The Perfect Course", is to document my efforts in refining the various courses I teach.
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