Thursday, November 29, 2007

My First YouTube Video

I just finished uploading my first video to YouTube. It's called "I Love My GPS." As the title suggests this video is about using a GPS.
  1. What it is and can be used for? GPS technology has become widely available and can be used to get directions, find out where you are, or where someone else is. People use GPS devices for driving, hiking, farming, games, and a host of other applications.
  2. Who is your audience (Students/Employees)? I designed this video for a general audience.
  3. What is the goal and objective of the video? My intention is to introduce the technology, to show that it can be very useful and hopefully, to make it somewhat humorous.
I hope you have fun watching it.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Colaboration with Web 2.0 Tools

In my Emerging Technologies class last Tuesday, we worked with a couple different Google Web 2.0 tools. Google Docs and Google Groups. I really like Google Docs but I was less than impressed with Google Groups.

Google Docs is very interactive in that it allows multiple people to access it and edit it at the same time. I think this is a tool that I will be able to continue to use. I recently introduced my daughter to Google Docs as well. She is always after me to copy her files from one computer to another. I showed her how always have access to her stuff by using Google Docs.

I found it interesting that Patricia Kloeckner had such favorable comments about using Google Groups. She was one of two who were unable to physically attend the class. Collaborative tools such as Google Groups are designed to be used to work together when physically apart. I think perhaps I found it harder because I expected more in the way of communication with my group mates. Since I was able to communicate physically, I found the online tool too limiting. I attended class using Second Life once when I was out of town and found it to be an invigorating experience because that was the only way I could communicate with everyone.

I really appreciated the planning and effort that the team put into planning the presentation on Web 2.0 tools. As they explained at the end of the presentation, there are so many different tools available that it can be a bit overwhelming trying to learn it all and figure out what is effective to use.


As I was reading through various blogs from my Emerging Technology classmates, I noticed several references to Megan's blog about GodTube. This caught my eye as I have been accessing this sight for the last couple of months too. I pastor a church and also teach the youth class. I am always looking for different resources that I can use with the youth and GodTube has been a great help with this. It's possible to search by topic or category. I like to find videos developed by other youth groups. There are also some great lessons developed by other youth leaders. I haven't uploaded anything yet, but I plan to in the future.