The nuts and bolts of putting this artifact together contained a few steps and peices of software. First, I created a PowerPoint Presentation to serve as the visual component of my presentation. Second, I jotted down a basic outline of what to talk about. Third, I activated screen capture software (http://applian.com/replay-video-capture/) and put the PowerPoint into presentation mode. Fourth, I spoke extemporaneously about the topics on my outline. Last, I uploaded the video to my YouTube channel and set it to a creative commons attribution licence.
As to why I went this route…it was what I was familiar with. The technical process is the same way I record lectures for my online classes. It could have been better if I added a few oral citations, but overall not bad for a 30 minute project.
After spending a little time playing and researching I came to understand–and confirm my bias–that notepad++ was the far superior player. First it seems that “ConText” is no longer being actively developed. The last stable version is almost 5 years old. “E Text Editor” on the other hand has some interesting features, but is not as open source as I would like from an editor.
There are a few things I really like about Notepad++. First is there open source policy. Notepad++ operates under a “GNU General Public License” making their software truly open and free. Second I like how light weight the app is. It is small simple and gets the job done. Third are the features. While there are too many to list here I really dug the tabbed documents, and the way it sorts and organizes html files.
The assignment called for us to create a basic web page by hand. In the era of CMS systems its strange to think that at one point this is how all pages were made. It was a bit of a challenge to write this out by hand as I have notoriously bad penmanship. If I keep things in all caps, it usually works out okay. I took two attempts to get something that actually looks like it might work.
As part of the Webmaking 101 challenge I am writing a little blog post about myself.
I grew up in the the Southern California town of Redlands. After spending several years working in the IT consulting industry, I made the decision to return to school and complete my education. Upon graduating from Humboldt State University, I made the decision to continue on in my education and pursue advanced degrees in Communication Studies.
The Communication studies discipline is diverse and as I have continued my education I have found many interests in it. From those interests I have followed three key research focuses: teaching special populations of students, social movement studies, and the use of computer-mediated communication in education.
I currently work at both Chico State and Butte Community College. One of the things I enjoy about teaching at two institutions is the variety of classes I get to facilitate. This semester I am teaching Argumentation and Debate, Small Group Communication, Intercultural Communication, and intercollegiate Speech and Debate.