For my first artifact, I am going to write about a lesson in how technology is constantly evolving. I presented at the Google Summit in Shenzhen this past weekend on "Using G Suite to Transform Literacy".
As I always have a hands-on portion to my presentations, I included an activity which would have participants use the YouTube Video Editor to Remix Creative Commons content along with the video I created below as a guide:
The conference took place on Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th and I was scheduled to present in the second last session of the second day of the conference. While I was attending another presenter's workshop on the Saturday, to my horror, I realized the YouTube Video Editor has disappeared. Upon further inquiry, I discovered that the YouTube Video Editor was no longer available as of September 20th. All my time and hard work planning my activity and creating a video for support were wasted.
That evening, I created a new activity on the fly which involved participants finding teachers from their discipline and working together to create a tutorial on a concept related to their discipline using a digital medium of their choice. They were then required to share it on YouTube.
A few problems arose with this activity. One being, a lack of thorough planning on my part as I scrambled to come up with an alternative activity on the fly. Though this activity left room for creativity, on the second day of a conference, the bulk of participants are drained and looking for quick easy takeaways as opposed to utilizing substantial mental capacity to create.
Through this experience, I learned to always have a backup plan, particularly when utilizing technology. Furthermore, adults, like our students, need differentiation and sometimes further guidance. Though my alternative activity was appropriate to those who enjoy the freedom to create, my presentation would likely have been more powerful and appealed to a larger audience had I provided different hands-on activity options scaffolded based on difficulty and comfort level.
You can find the slides for my presentation here: