This is a mixture of starting a kind of a reflective journal, giving a brief insight into my background as well as into my reasons for signing up for this MOOC, and, mainly, identifying the goals which I hope to achieve by the end of the course.
For the first time ever, I tried to produce a Voice Thread, which took me much longer time than I anticipated. The tool definitely has its benefits for sharing ideas and comments, but I probably need to use it more than once to get a feeling of "an easy task to do". Well, it was worth trying anyway. I now hope to get a couple of comments, at least for the sake of seeing the tool working. So, let's learn together! ;)
To add your audio, video or text comment to the Voice Thread itself, you'll need to create your free account on voicethread.com and log in.
Behind the scene:
I kept playing with Voice Thread for a good few hours as I boldly refused to go for the simplest option of uploading and commenting on a single image (nothing to be proud of, I believe). First, I tried out making a voice thread from Power Point slides. After spending ages recording, deleting and re-recording the audio - who knows how many audio files one needs to record to get skilled and confident enough to handle that task from the firs attempt! -. that eventually worked out, but I didn't really like the fact that there were seven comment added by me to support each slide, which also tended to switch awkwardly slowly.
So I then decided to play with uploading and creating a voice thread from a video. For that purpose, I converted the Power Point slides into a video (same story with the audio - I hope one day I'll smile at those memories). I knew that Voice Thread did not support every video format, and, quite predictably, that was exactly the message I received on trying to upload my creation.
Never mind a tough game, I set up to create a screen-share video using Jing! I bet you can guess the part of the adventure with the audio recording... Well, I managed that much quicker that time (at least the rehearsals didn't get wasted) and was quite delighted with the result, especially as that was the first time I made a Jing-video. I started celebrating my successful video production just to find out that the other format was not supported by Voice Thread either. That's some bad luck... I chose to sign that off as learning from mistakes rather than allowing for any disappointment to creep in. In the end of the day, I played with more new digital tools than I did in months, and that should be ticked as relevant practical experience, right?
Anyways, at that point I just gave up trying to get my "dream voice thread" and went for the very first one with all its downsides. :) Any conclusions to be drawn on that? Well, I'm just too tired to reflect on that bit right now. Will try and do that later, unless you feel like giving a hand! ;)
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