Just like our last course, the final week of Course 3 is a time for you to catch up and make sure you’ve completed all the work over the last five weeks. Here’s what you should have:
- One blog post for each week of the course (for a total of 5 posts)
- A final project (with reflection) embedded into your last blog post for Course 3
- One comment for each week of the course (for a total of 5 comments)
All of these items should be listed on your grading spreadsheet so that we can give you feedback.
Course 3 Final Projects & Sharing Media on Your Blog
Because Course 3 is very heavy with visual media, a few great questions have come up about how to best share media on your blog. You may have already noticed that there is a limit to the file sizes you can upload to your blog. This is because there are great places to host your media on the web where lots of other users will be able to find it and connect with you (and of course, we don’t have unlimited server space to host all the files everyone could possibly want to upload).
So, as you create your final projects for Course 3, you may want to think about where you’re going to upload your finished products.
Uploading & sharing Images:
Personally, we love Flickr. The free accounts are really generous, the sharing is super easy, and the community is really active. Of course, you can host all your images within Google Photos if you have an account already (which used to be Picasa). Another popular resource is SmugMug.
Uploading & sharing Videos:
Mostly people tend to use YouTube. The fact that it’s integrated with Google Apps makes it easy to manage. When we have longer videos, we tend to use Vimeo. You can upload videos to your Google Drive account and embed them in other places on the web if that feels more comfortable for you.
Uploading & sharing Presentations:
Google Slides has gotten so amazingly good in the last few months, that several of us at CoETaIL have almost entirely stopped using any desktop software – you can now use transparent colors to fill shapes, mask images to have them be different shapes, crop images and even enhance image properties – all right within Google Presentations.
If we have a lot of custom designing on a presentation and we don’t want to upload to Google Presentations, we usually create in Keynote or PowerPoint and then upload to Slideshare. Again, it’s easy to embed presentations from Slideshare pretty much anywhere on the web, there’s a good community there, and lots of great resources to look at for inspiration too.
If you’re planning to create a presentation and narrate the slides, you have a number of options. You can import your slides as images into your video editing software (iMovie or MovieMaker for example) and then record your audio and upload the video files as suggested above. You might also want to try making a screencast (here is a great guide from Kathy Schrok with a list of some tools you might want to try). If you have a Mac, QuickTime is so easy to use for screencasting with audio. If you do make a screencast, you can also upload that video file to the same services listed above.
Uploading & sharing Other File Types:
Pretty much anything else that we need to upload and share, we use Google Drive. It’s easy to publish almost any kind of file to the web on Google Drive, and then embed that work into a blog (or anywhere else).
Where do you prefer to host your files? Please feel free to share suggestions in the comments!
Comments Awaiting Moderation
Just a little reminder to be checking your blog regularly for comments awaiting approval. We are noticing that there are many comments awaiting approval – it’s considerate to be approving comments as quickly as possible as people have taken the time to comment thoughtfully on your posts.
You might not realize this, but you can change the settings of comment approval – so that you do not have to approve any comments (you might be ok with this, personally I like to know when someone comments).