Stranger Days #23: Making Videos

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Welcome to stranger days--my blog series exploring daily life, challenges in times of the COVID-19 pandemic, and just sharing insights or thoughts about how to make it through these days.  

Some folks know that I have a YouTube channel. In the past year, I somehow crossed the 1,100 subscribers which was interesting because I don't feel I put much content on there to earn that many subscribed.  Heck, I've been working on this blog for a decade much more consistently and am definitely not near that number!  Still, I've tossed stuff up there for years now including:

Recently, I've been making a few short videos around video-conferencing.  It started a few weeks ago when I posted this video. I had made it for some folks who needed help activating the Waiting Room in Zoom and surprisingly, it has hit over 1300 views in the past month.

Since then, I decided to make a few other videos--ones that I had been doing with folks to help them figure out what to do as they moved online. They mostly have to do with thinking about teaching and learning online, but they could still be helpful to other folks as well.  

This video (2:23 minutes) shows how you can create mini-lectures by using Zoom if you want. 

I also made this video (2:30 minutes) that illustrates how to use Google Slides' Live-Captioning feature to provide live-capturing in a Zoom room. Not a perfect tool but for those without the resources, it is one way to do it.  

As folks have been pivoting to emergency remote learning, I figured they might be useful to have so that if people aren't getting the help they need at their institutions or in their networks, there's one more place they can go.  

What kinds of short video tutorials do you find that would be helpful in doing all of this remote working, learning, teaching, living, etc?  What is something that's missing that you would love to see?

Take care. Be careful. Be care-filled.  Welcome to stranger days.

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