About four years ago, I started looking for alternative methods to make writing and editing resources for my university students simply by using the technologies already present on my desktop. One solution was to create “animated” powerpoint slideshows. Here are several examples. To view them: 1. Download file, 2. Play powerpoint in slideshow function.
EDITING TOPICS & FILES:
1. REVISION TOPIC: “COMMENT/GLOSSING to MAKE REVISING EASIER” -by Professor Koshnick
2. REVISION TOPIC: USING THE EXPRESS KEYS to EDIT FASTER -by Professor Koshnick
3. REVISION TOPIC: USING CTRL “F” to FIND THINGS -by Professor Koshnick
These “animated slideshows” demonstrate how to use “express keys”; how to use the comment function in combination with glossing to edit more effectively; and, how to use the CTRL “F” find function to find things on your desktop and in the documents you are editing. I am generally surprised by the number of people that do not know about, or regularly use these types of short-cuts while writing and revising.
These videos convey, in a sense, a “psuedo-hipster” tone; they aren’t perfect, but intentionally display a mash-up feel that (when asked) students have mentioned they appreciate. As I have continued to produce these videos, two goals have been met: 1) I am providing functional writing/editing video resources for my students; 2) I have created a way to produce “animated” media files without needing to buy Camtasia, or CamStudio, etc.