How Video Solves the Problem of
I'm a professional trainer. I have worked with the Verizon Thinkfinity project for many years but I also work with Google, Microsoft, and Intel products. I conduct professional development on the software that we develop in-house in the state of West Virginia and I provide training on educational theory and reform as well as educational software. If you added it all together, I imagine I could talk for six years straight without repeating. And everyone of you is exactly the same. So how do you squeeze all that information into the few hours that you have with your audience? The answer I've found, is video.
I've broken down everything I talk about, EVERYTHING, into five minute clips. I used screen capture software and a web cam and a (mostly) quiet room. I've posted them all on a website for anyone to use for any reason. These are copyright free. Please feel free to use them however you wish.
You all know the feeling of walking into a training with techno-phobes. There is a FEAR of technology. I always begin the same way. I say, "DO NOT TAKE ANY NOTES except my email address and this URL." That instantly puts the audience at ease. "LET ME DO ALL THE WORK." is another very easy statement to help way the mood of the classroom. Now I can proceed to cover whatever topic I want, at the pace that is comfortable for everyone. If I can't cover everything, and I never can, I tell the audience they can teach themselves anything at anytime by watching a five minute video.
The teacher who is petrified because technology is invading her classroom and she has no idea how to turn it on...I've got a video. For the teacher who didn't get their subject covered completely enough...I've got a video. when the power goes out and the Internet dies. No problem. I write my email address and URL on the board and just talk. They can teach themselves when they get home.
West Virginia Department of Education
Office of Instructional Technology