ScreenCapture

ScreenCapture is something that I find very helpful. Since I spend my days working with students, faculty, and staff at a distance, creating and sharing a screencapture with some kind of annotation can quickly solve problems or be a solution to share information, often better then through verbal communication.

I work at UAF eLearning with a team of Instructional Designers who are always creating tutorials and handouts for instructors, as well as for instructors to use with their students. We all create documents, some more specific then others. We most often create and share these documents through our google accounts so that it is easy to create a copy if more customization is necessary, without having to go through a similar creation process.

So I used my consumer google account as the basis for this assignment. I have used a variety of capture tools. I really like JING and for most things that is my go-to application. I’ve used Skitch before, but when Evernote bought them out some of the features I used were taken away so I deleted them from my tool box in frustration! I also like Clarify which actually lets you create a series of steps in one document, capture multiple screens and then helps you to lay them out. Clarify costs $30. But I’ve been wanting to try out Monosnap so that is what I used. I really like the features Monosnap offers and its cross-platform, plus it has an iPhone application. One of the really nice features it that it has a blur tool that can be very handy when demonstrating screenshots that might have student-related information on it.

Once again, I’ve used my camera for creating the screenshots. Most of the images are desktop pictures taken from the phone (by holding down the menu button (I call it the home button) and the power button at the top edge of the phone). This puts an image in your camera roll. I collected these images and sent them to myself and used Monosnap on my laptop to annotate the images used in the documents. Perhaps I should have just used the Monosnap app on my phone, but it might have confused me!

So here are my three documents. I’ve shared them with anyone who has the link so you shouldn’t have to log in to google (or create a new account if you don’t have one already) to view them.

What are QR codes?

QR Codes: Downloading Qrafter to your iPhone or iPad

Using Qrafter

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Video Assignment

My videos center around a continued theme of walking on the beach. As I mentioned in my post that accompanied by photos, I live on Douglas Island very close to Sandy Beach. During the 1880s through the early 1920s, the Treadwell Mine Complex was the largest mining operation in the country and certainly contained the largest concentrated collection of people in the Alaska.

The three videos I created are centered around the history of the mine and tries to bring to life some of more interesting elements of the Treadwell Mine Historic Trail area that remain today.

Threadwell Mine Historic Trail

http://youtu.be/MWKXtD3hF1I

Treadwell Club

http://youtu.be/SazHXRIgqCY

The Cave-In

http://youtu.be/hLPdPy9siLg

The Process

Equipment

iPhone 5…yep, I just used my iPhone for taking videos and original images. I will admit that the quality of the video probably suffered because of this.

Software

Audacity (for audio recordings) and iMovie 11 (for video recordings)

I’ve used audacity many times before and find it very user-friendly and that it provides good results. I used my on-board laptop microphone. I have a headset but it records a terrible hissing sounds that is fine for online webinars/elive presentations, but it is very distracting for recording audio. I should invest in a better microphone.

I found iMovie 11 frustrating. I guess I haven’t used iMovie since maybe version 9 when it had more useful editing tools and a more informative timeline. It might have been before Adobe bought FinalCut Pro. I think iMovie is really useful for creating a video from still images, and since I did use a lot of historical images, that was nice for me. But I found it tricky to get the audio tracks to line up and I got really frustrated with trying to drag things around. I just couldn’t find the correct “sweet” spot.

Image Resources

Music/Sound Resources

Bibiliography of Historic Resources

Jensen, Wayne. (2010) Treadwell Mining Complex: Historic Resources and Site Survey Report.
Kelly, Sheila. (2010) Treadwell Gold: An Alaska Saga of Riches and Ruin. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press
Mahaffy, Charlotte, L. (1983). I Remember Treadwell. Coos Bay, Oregon: Accra Print
McCarley, Laura. (1980) Treadwell, Alaska. Juneau: New Treadwell Publications
Stone, David & Stone, Brenda. (1983) Hard Rock Gold: The Story of the Great Mines That were the Heartbeat of Juneau.

Bibliography of Resources for software and moving making process

http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/webvideo/ – semi-useful in some of the general topics but information note written for iMovie 11

http://www.bgsu.edu/downloads/cio/file85783.pdf – very helpful in getting me started in finding what I was looking for

http://help.apple.com/imovie – nice documentation

http://www.storyguide.net/archives/294 – really helpful, especially the image of the screen and what all the buttons do

Unfortunately, I was doing research as I was selecting shots and recording narration so the process probably took longer then if I had done my research before hand. But I was relying on historical photos so that really drove a lot of how the story was told. I knew right away that I wanted to use a reading for one of the videos and thought the segment on the cave-in by the Charlotte Mahaffy was interesting and that I’d be able to find photos to fill out the reading.

These three videos are going to part of an entire website on the Treadwell Mine Complex. On the website will be a map of the location and it will actually be a geo-location oriented website so these videos will be tied directly to a lat-long reading. I’m not yet ready to reveal by big idea…but all the assignments I’m doing for this course will directly tie into it! So I hope you aren’t sick of Alaska history yet! (I promise you won’t be hearing the ragtime music all the other projects!)