I am in presenter overload. I am gearing up for the Google Summit Korea this coming week and I have another two more presentations coming up in the very near future. In getting ready for my upcoming talks, I neglected to prepare a visual aide for today’s faculty meeting. No biggie. I made a video last night. I started at 10 pm and finished at 2:30 a.m.
I am going to have to admit it’s kind of awful. I was rushed, I was tired, I had only used the app, PowToon, once before. I didn’t take into account narrating the video. Today when I viewed it with fresh eyes it was evident it needed some voiceover work. I tried to narrate it using PowToon but it just didn’t work. For some reason the mic was giving awful feedback. It seemed as if the track of Finding Nemo was playing in background. In desperation I switched to iMovie, but the timing was all off. I had to present today and so at this point I was fully committed to completing the project.
The final product sounds like I am one of those auctioneers, except I’m peddling ed tech to teachers. The Mandarin teacher was 100% sure it wasn’t me narrating the video. Here it is for your viewing pleasure:
But as I lay awake, sleep deprived, back in knots from sitting for hours working on my techie projects, humiliated from today’s failure, I wonder if today was such a wash after after all. Did I waste my time? Or can we learn from our failures and next time produce something magical? Ok… maybe not magical but at least coherent.
I don’t regret my fiasco. I learned a lot about using the software. I refreshed my skills in voice-over work. I inspired a few teachers to try a new piece of software. So maybe I did turn a great product into something slightly awful but at least I’m trying and in the process learning and creating something that I hope will help me be a better teacher.