Enhance Presentations with Audacity and YouTube

Today’s Guest Blogger is Robert Foth, from Pima Community College.

I am very fortunate to work on a campus that allows me to explore new ideas and technology and how to use them in the classroom (online or face to face).
Last Halloween I was asked to give a quick talk on campus and I decided to make a little project out of that talk (using some of the tools involved). The talk was about using Audacity and YouTube to enhance classroom presentations and content. You can watch the talk here.

In the presentation I give a quick demo on how to use Audacity, where to go to download videos (or just the audio) of youtube clips, and how I use the Flip Video Recorder. The idea was to get the faculty (adjuncts and full-time) to think about presenting content in a more dynamic way they just the use of text.

Thanks Robert for your post! To find Maria in India, go here.

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Producing in Camtasia for YouTube

The Visual Lounge blog pointed me to two Bill Myers videos on how to produce from Camtasia to YouTube with good quality. Here they are!

I’ve produced a few videos for YouTube, but only one on math (and it was an experiment to see what kind of quality I could get – not great). Although I much prefer the quality and video-length I get with Screencast, the advantage to using YouTube is that I wouldn’t have to pay for my own hosting. If a publicly-available Screencast video became popular, I could easily end up blowing all my download bandwidth for the month. During my peak month of calculus video usage, I did hit 25 GB download on the day before the end of the month – and those videos are (mostly) only available through links in a password-protected LMS.

The other major YouTube issue is that of ownership. If I post a video to YouTube, is it still my video or does it now belong to YouTube? I haven’t been sure, and so I haven’t posted much. But I did go looking for an answer to this question tonight, and I found a nice video by Michael Miller on the subject (yes, a YouTube video):

So, lately I’ve been contemplating the project of reproducing some of the calculus videos in shorter bursts for YouTube. I’ve also been contemplating some other kinds of tutorials on using WebAssign, MathType, Windows Journal, etc.

On a side note, I think I would get a lot more stuff like this done if I had a permanent full-time personal assistant. I tried to convince my husband to quit his job and be my assistant instead, but I don’t think he liked the idea of working for me. If nothing else, the mere suggestion that he work for me will likely keep him working in his banking job for a while (don’t know if you’re aware, but work in the banking industry is a miserable life right now).

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