So I downloaded a trial version of Camtasia Studio 8 because ever since I saw Sal Khan do what he does, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of creating on-line digital media for education.
It became immediately apparent that creating a quality instructional video was a skill that was going to take some time to learn.
I’ve always considered myself a confident performer in comparison to other, non-teaching friends and I think that even in comparison to other teachers I’ve seen, I really enjoy the occasional bit of stage drama when introducing a new idea or snipped of scientific history.
But as soon as that red recording light started flashing, I was in pieces. I’d start talking and drift off topic then not know where to return to. Then I’d type up a quick script to keep off-screen and endlessly fudge the words. Even when I got the words right I just sounded… Awkward.
Still, I’m pleased with the *eventual* outcome of this video despite having a fairly low quality mic (I’ve since ordered the Blue Yeti to improve my audio) and being a mess in it’s making.
Here’s hoping that this is something I can learn to love doing, I hope you can appreciate it too 🙂