When I was first introduced to the concept of a screencast, I thought that would be the direction in which I would go for my individual project. Now that I’ve done my first, I’m not so sure. I could have simply used the first thing that I recorded but I just wasn’t happy with it. Unfortunately, I wasn’t happy with many of the re-recordings that followed. Using Jing and not having the capacity for editing made subsequent recordings more and more nerve racking. I kept thinking this is the last time I’m going to do this. However, it seemed the harder I tried, the more mistakes I made and the more recordings I felt I needed to make. It was hard not to get worked up about the experience. Finally, I just had to put it all in perspective. This, after all, was simply a learning experiment. I wasn’t submitting something for the Academy Awards – thank goodness!
I chose the topic of wikis because as you know that’s a favorite of Wally’s. I explored various websites where you could create a wiki and finally settled on Wikispaces at www.wikispaces.com. That, in and of itself was an experience as I created a private label education site and was sent an email with a link to access the site. However, I was never able to access the site with my username and password. I had to go through the email link every time. I sent an email to Wikispaces Support but did not hear back in time to post this blog. I wanted to start my screencast from the home page for Wikispaces and explain how I created the private label site but was never able to so. I had to start the screencast from my private label site. That was less than ideal but the clock was ticking.
I’m not completely satisfied with this version of my first screencast but for the sake of time, I’m moving on to the next thing. This was indeed a great learning experience and I think I’m looking forward to improving my skills as a producer of screencasts. As to whether or not I’ll use a screencast for my individual project – the verdict is still out.
So, with some reluctance, here’s Wally’s first screencast!