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Outstanding commentary on life/work balance by the great Bill Watterson.


Bill Watterson - Wisdom

Life Work Balance


Experimenting with Camtasia

This week we experimented with Camtasia Studio 8 by Techsmith. I produced a simple video on Concept Mapping by first building a presentation in Prezi and recording the screen using Camtasia. I used the voice over feature in Prezi for the narration. The audio segments were recorded and edited (slightly) in Audacity.

The audio could be probably be improved by using a quieter space for recording and spending a little more time on editing and filtering. I could just as easily have added the audio during the video edit.

The title screen and the zoom effects on the slides were added during video editing as well as the intro and outro music. I’m working with the trial version but I would be willing to drop the cash for the full version if I can find the slightest reason. It’s just dang fun to use.

Flipping the Classroom

I recently viewed a you tube video that focused on removing lecture from middle school classrooms by using simple one take videos. By recording the lectures the information is available to the students 24×7 and the instructor can focus on individual needs.

Students that have grasped the subject can move on to apply the concepts and students that still are struggling with the concepts can get individual help.

Educational Theories in action in the flipped classroom

Principles from the Flipped Classroom – chart taken from the video

I really believe this is the future of classroom education. I hope that more teachers will be encouraged to use this technique. It appears to be more effective and more time efficient.

The Abilene Paradox

The Abilene Paradox

Sometimes organizations get into trouble by mismanaging agreement rather than from mismanaging conflict. When everyone avoids conflict poor decisions can result. This can happen in interpersonal relationships, agreeing to something that you would rather not do for example.

How many marriages were committed just because the date had been set and the invitations were sent out?

How many bad laws have been passed because legislators voted the party line?

Watch the video, stand up on your hind legs y’all!


I recently learned how to integrate edited audio into a Prezi presentation.

  1. I recorded, enhanced and formatted the audio on Audacity .
  2. I saved the files as wave files (or as mp3 both are acceptable).
  3. I added an audio clip to each slide in the presentation (as needed) by utilizing the Insert function: Add voice over to slide #.

Once I had added the voice over to the presentation I faced a dilemma. The course site would not accept a prezi link. I needed to record a screencast in order to upload the data to the site. Screenr  from allowed me to record up to 5 minutes of material.

Many of the Screen recording programs only allow you to record audio from a microphone, headset, or camera. One work around is to use a patch-cord between the microphone and speaker jack.

Another alternative for Windows users is to designate ‘stereo mix’ as the recording device and ‘speaker output’ as the default.

Screenr proved to be less than optimal (didn’t work) for this purpose because the free subscription is limited to five minutes per screencast. The capture program on the school site uses Kaltura to record and play student projects with a capacity of two hours per recording. The version of Kaltura application that is used by the school allows a link to the site but does not allow a download of the file.

Screenr on the other hand publishes the recording to the cloud on their site and offers the option of uploading to, downloading an mp4 or sharing a link

Below is an excerpt from my presentation recorded on Screenr and uploaded to youtube.

Teaching through Metaphor

Adult learners process new information by relating it to life experience. The more vivid and multifaceted a new experience is the more likely a learner will become engaged and make connections with previous experience.

This works like surface area or the hooks on a hook and loop fastener. Illustration of surface area

The more connections made to previous experience (even sensory memories) the more likely students will retain and use the information. This is one of the reasons that the technique of chunking works.

Breaking information into manageable chunks gives more opportunity for connections.

Small numbers of discrete information (usually 3-5 points) are more easily processed at a time. I guess you consider it a buffer.

Waffles are all almost all surface area. That is why you can pack them with syrup and butter and berries and … but I digress.


What does this tell us? Teach with waffles. Use metaphors to connect with students accumulated experience. An instructor needs to open up the interior of a subject to students’ inquiry like a waffle iron opens up the interior of the waffle to melted butter and syrup.

If you can find direct application to students personal experience you can help them build connections with the subject. Adult learns bring a broad range of experiences to the classroom. An instructor can ask the students how they could relate the topic to their experience.