Despite all the technical difficulties with the shivering screen (as well as being exhausted from Quasi-Con), I found class this week to be very interesting. We discussed the ADDIE model for one-shot workshops in detail and also learned about screenshots. I found the in-class exercise to be the most fun. As you all know, we watched a couple of screencasts about Google Reader and then posted out favorite and least favorite. For my classmate Tyson and myself, each screencast seemed worse than the next. I found it interesting how the screencast that everyone almost entirely agreed was the best… wasn’t a screencast at all. It was a video of hand drawn cards and hands. I have included it below:
What this tells me is that even us stodgy librarians like it when people play with a medium. We like it when someone takes a medium that we know (even a cursory knowing based on one weeks’ worth of reading) and challenge it, hack it, question it. When approaching this supposedly brave new world of professional practice and web tutorials, we are still looking for a way to break the boundary, to make it fun and interesting and different. Play is more than just a command in this case: it’s a way of thinking. A screencast is just a workshop, and if it’s a workshop that is better as a video, then it becomes a video.
Picture used without permission from http://www.wipeout44.com/video/images/flash_play_button.jpg. Video used without permission from Youtube.