Recent email from a colleague at my school:
“Click here for quick (Screencastify) tutorial. It was a one-take video, don’t judge!“
Judgment as a whole is a bit much to wrangle, so let’s focus on the one-take video.
I was new to Screencastify when we moved online in the spring. Well, not quite new, but certainly not comfortable. This fall, I continued to create what was necessary but spent an awful lot of time deleting, re-recording and attempting to edit.
Until recently, when a Gr 9 teacher asked me for some resources with little notice. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity, so I quickly produced 5 short videos:
- Noodletools (setting up account; the basics; more advanced)
- Using SIFT to evaluate a resource
- Doing a basic database search
I don’t consider this my finest work, but the teacher was thrilled! Really…I couldn’t believe how grateful he was for what I produced.
We know that buying into editing culture is damaging, but I’d never before thought of editing/re-recording my own videos in that light. It got me thinking about what I’m aiming for. Certainly my work needs to be clear, thorough and understandable, but it need not be perfect. If I appreciate imperfection in others, why the heck am I worrying about it in me?
I now rarely edit or re-record; the time-saving has been considerable, I think the delivery seems more natural and I’m even making (some) peace with hearing my own voice when people are listening to it.
I’ll be over here toning down my self-judgement – hope you’ll join me.