I’ve added a mp3 audio recording to my previously posted Slideshare of my eTechOhio09 keynote, “Reinventing Education for the 21st Century (Designing School 2.0.)” I used the provided, web-based syncrhonization tools on SlideShare to sync my slides with the audio, so this presentation is now available as a “Slidecast.”
Given the three formats in which this presentation is now available online, for free (Slidecast, audio-only podcast, and video podcast on iTunesU Ohio) I’d suggest the Slidecast is the most valuable format. I don’t think it’s really all that helpful to watch my presentation in video format, compared to the ability to watch my slides advance as I present. Content is king– and while it might be nice to watch the presenter speak (I’m glad I wore a tie for that preso!) I don’t know that the video of my presentation really adds a great deal to the educative potential of the recorded keynote.
File size is also a big issue as well in this comparison. The iTunesU Ohio video podcast weighs in at 498 MB for 82 minutes. (It includes the full introductory remarks which kicked off the conference before my keynote began.) The audio-only podcast weighs in at 14.2 MB for 62 minutes. That is JUST my introduction and presentation, with most of the “turn / pair / share” time edited out. The mp3 audio file I used for the Slidecast is just a little smaller, around 14 MB, since it didn’t include introductory remarks at all.
I love Slideshare, and think it’s a wonderful tool which teachers and instructors at secondary as well as college / university levels should be embracing much more widely. I wish the sync tool let you sync slides closer than 17 seconds apart, but that is about my only complaint regarding Slideshare. It’s a great tool, and one I’ll be sharing with teachers in Alabama this June when I present a full-day workshop for Gadsden City Schools on how to get started with classroom podcasting.
All the referenced resources, videos, links, etc. for this presentation are available on my PBwiki curriculum page for eTechOhio09.
To learn how to create your own Slidecast on SlideShare, check out the Slidecast FAQs. The process is not fast (if you have an hour long presentation, it takes more than an hour to completely sync your slides) but it is straightforward, web-based (and therefore cross-platform) and completely FREE!!!
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On this day..
- Blogs I Follow (From a Feedly OPML Export) - 2014
- Transitioning from Print to a Digital Learning Ecosystem by Richard Culatta - 2012
- Opening Remarks by Janet Barresi: Oklahoma Digital Learning Summit - 2012
- Remembering April 19, 1995 - 2010
- Meeting with a future education leader: What would you say in 60 minutes? - 2010
- Podcast312: Reinventing Education for the 21st Century (Designing School 2.0) - 2009
- links for 2008-04-19 - 2008
- Be careful, be critical - 2007
- Permission to fail - 2007
- Dell laptops viable for 1:1 projects? - 2006