Note: You can hear my voice for 30 days.
Thing 18 is what I have been waiting for. I have heard about Jing, that it is easy to use, and will download it to my computer today. Camtasia is available at my library so I am more familiar with it. I have used Camtasia to instruct users on how to get a password to access the online collection of databases from their home computer. Also, I have used Camtasia to create a virtual library tour. Some changes have taken place in the library recently so I am in the process of updating the virtual tour: taking new pictures for the PowerPoint and updating my script.
One advice given to me when I first started with Camtasia was to not let the message/the lesson go beyond 3 minutes. Students' attention span is limited. As Jamaicans would say,"So I get it, so I give it".
As a result of Thing 18 I created my first test podcast using Audacity. I am excited. The link to Podwhating was very helpful to me. I did not know I had to download the MP3 encoder, LAME, to use in conjunction with Audacity. For weeks I have been trying to figure out how to create a podcast. I had the podcatching software, i-tunes, and the sound recorder, Audacity, then I was stuck.
My task this week is to check out how other libraries are using podcasts. I noticed one Librarian blogger said that her students were not interested in non-visuals and were not keen on putting their book reviews in audio format.
On a personal note, I need to buy a more sophisticated mic for my home computer. On this cheap mic I can hear all the emphasis on my 's' sounds.
Using these instructions I have signed up with a podcast host, archive.org. Since this is a test, this podcast will be for 30 days. I am excited!