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A Leap of Faith


Well, here goes. I'm going to jump back in. Not sure how regular this will be, but here we go.

I found myself at the Georgia Educational Technology Conference (GaETC) last week. I had an amazing time, and brought home 23 pages of typed notes from the sessions I attended.

After one of the sessions, I had the opportunity to speak with the presenter. We spoke briefly about how she got her start on the way to becoming a published author, keynote speaker, and leading figure in Instructional Technology.

On the drive home, I reflected on that conversation, the current status of itsthemitchell.com, the YouTube channel, basically everything that I'm doing outside my normal work duties, and things that I do as a part of my work that could become a part of what I do here.

Then I remembered a YouTube video that I watched. It was a Q&A with a YouTuber that had a rather large following. He was answering the usual questions about the equipment he uses, the process they use for script development, what kind of editing hardware and software they use, etc. Then he said something that I didn't expect. He talked about the origin of the channel. He talked about just making videos. Pushing for completion rather than perfection. Focusing on creating content, and making each video better than the last. They did not talk about seeking an audience. They never mentioned making anything for anyone other than themselves. They made videos for the love of making videos.

So. Here I am. Watching my two youngest play cops and robbers with Nerf guns while writing this. I'm thinking about developing a series of videos that are quick tutorial screencasts. Nothing ever longer than 3 minutes (180 seconds). I'll call it Ed Tech 180. Some of the videos will be very general, while others will be very specific.

I already created Ed Tech 180 #1. It was in response to a question I received after presenting at GaETC. Unless you're interested in putting a Google Slides document in a live stream on YouTube using OBS, it probably won't appeal to you, but I'd certainly appreciate any constructive criticism or ideas for future Ed Tech 180 videos.

Take a look, let me know what you think.

Ed Tech 180 #1 - Google Slides and OBS

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