Ed Tech 501 Introduction Video for Buffy Naillon

This is my Ed Tech introduction video for Ed Tech 501. It aligns with the AECT Standard 2.4 Integrated Technologies, which states,

“Integrated technologies are ways to produce and deliver materials which encompass several forms of media under the control of a computer” (Seels & Richey, 1994, p. 40). Integrated technologies are typically hypermedia environments which allow for: (a) various levels of learner control, (b) high levels of interactivity, and (c) the creation of integrated audio, video, and graphic environments. Examples include hypermedia authoring and telecommunications tools such as electronic mail and the World Wide Web.”

The video fits these standards because of its interactivity, which includes elements of audio, video, and graphic environments. Making the video required me to use all of these elements in order to make the video entertaining to watch and informative.

Additionally, I had to follow the guidelines for creating the video as set down by the class’s professor, Dr. Kemp. Here were the criteria from the assignment’s rubric, and the video meets each of these criteria as well.

  • Video is no more than 5 minutes. (5 points)
  • Video is titled “EDTECH 501 Introduction Video” on YouTube video page. (5 points)
  • Video includes discussion of why student is pursuing a degree in educational technology. (20 points)
  • Video includes discussion of what student hopes to achieve. (20 points)
  • Video is engaging and interesting to watch. (10 points)
  • Video includes excellent audio and video quality. (10 points)
  • Student effort is clearly apparent in video. (10 points)

Finally, I opted to use GoAnimate.com to create the video instead of using a traditional video format for the following reasons:

  1. I wanted to challenge myself to try something new. I’d seen videos made by Go Animate before, but never tried the site out, and I figured that—for me—the purpose of this degree is to introduce to as many kinds of new technology as possible, so this was a way for me to do that.
  2. I wanted to do something that I thought would be fun and a little different. On a personal level, I love cartoons and illustration and this was my way of allowing myself to work with these elements a bit.
  3. I wanted to explore some different options on the chance that I wind up doing some teaching; I can pass this technology on to any prospective students, because I’ll know how to use it.
  4. I wanted to have something in my portfolio that was related to animation. I love animation, illustration, art, etc., so if possible I’d like to try to make those the focus of my work as much as possible (within the framework of the MET).

It took me about 12 hours to finish the video all told, because I had to learn how to use the program, see what kinds of backgrounds that the site offered and I also had to pay attention to each facial and physical gesture and program each of them in and some scenes had several. I created the video on Windows XP, using the GoAnimate.com interface, which did not require me to download software onto my computer.