Re: How to make RSAanimate-style animations?

Subject: Re: How to make RSAanimate-style animations?
From: Gregory P Sweet <gps03 -at- health -dot- state -dot- ny -dot- us>
To: Phil <philstokes03 -at- googlemail -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2010 11:50:19 -0500


I absolutely see this as relevant to and capable of conveying procedural
material. I teach online, (usually via WebEx) and the main tool I have to
convey my material to my students is our shared whiteboard. I fought hard
(four years, seven requests) to get a Wacom 21ux to facilitate just this
type of animated white boarding in my classes, Albeit my pace is a bit
slower as I am usually drawing and talking. But I do draw and I draw a lot.
Doodles to emphasize points, mouse paths, hands clicking buttons, etc.

One of the major differences is that I expect the students to participate
and draw on the whiteboard, too. Which means that I have a less than clear
idea of what the final picture will look like but trade that off with
providing the students with self-discovery, giving them a deeper learning
experience. For example on exercise I do with my class on emergency
notification software: I go over how contact information is stored,
retrieved and used by the software and related systems, then for
assessment, instead of a typical multi-guess quiz, the group talks through
how the system does what it does and creates a flowchart of the process
from scratch. Like I said each chart comes out a bit different, but I get
to see that they've learned the process.

In the synchronous training world we've always called drawing on the
whiteboard, on your slides, apps, etc. annotation. But I really like the
language & concept or scribing and visual synthesis. I hope that Cognitive
media makes good on their promise of an exploration "of the theory of why
and how we do what we do".

Cheers!
-Greg

Phil <philstokes03 -at- googlemail -dot- com> wrote on 11/23/2010 11:13:53 AM:

> From: Phil <philstokes03 -at- googlemail -dot- com>
> To: Gregory P Sweet <gps03 -at- health -dot- state -dot- ny -dot- us>
> Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com, techwr-l-bounces
> +gps03=health -dot- state -dot- ny -dot- us -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Date: 11/23/2010 11:14 AM
> Subject: Re: How to make RSAanimate-style animations?
>
> Thanks Gregg,
>
> someone off list (twitter) alerted to me that they were a product of
> CognitiveMedia.
>
> Yes, you're right. I think the Tony Hart stuff in the old "Take
> Hart" series in the 70s was actually quite a similar idea - animated
> storyboarding.
>
> I think what's special about the RSA/CognitiviMedia stuff is possibly
>
> i. it's not been possible to do it over low-bandwidth video/internet
> devices before (e.g. Youtube or mobile phones); and
>
> ii. their choice of topics - most of the videos I've seen are
> implicitly providing an argument in favour of the very media they're
> using (which is very clever!)
>
> I wonder whether this kind of medium would work well for teaching
> procedural content rather than just general, abstract theoretical/
> conceptual stuff ?
>
> What do you think?
>
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