Another fab show is in the bag!
To check out the recording from this evening, watch the video embedded here. You can also check out my Spark Page, summarising our presenters and what they covered this evening, below.
If you're reading this, thanks for checking out my page, and join us live next Wednesday 19th May on the Adobe for Education YouTube Channel.
Create Share Learn | Let's Explore: mmhmm Presentation Software (Windows Beta) | LIVE 8th April 2021
In this livestream I explored the Windows Beta of mmhmm by All Turtles, and have a play with some of the features.
If you are looking for something to add some kick to your presentations, with fully customisable layouts, backgrounds and webcam options, you should check this out as an option.
You can experiment before you commit to a plan - to see a pretty clear breakdown of your options go here:
mmhmm Presentation Software by All Turtles https://www.mmhmm.app/about
Broadcast using StreamYard https://streamyard.com/
Images used during the broadcast:
'Bokeh Background' by PublicDomainPictures https://pixabay.com/photos/bokeh-abstract-background-blur-21951/
'MAC with pink background' by DESIGNECOLOGIST https://unsplash.com/photos/Pmh0UoG1vlE
'Home Office' by Lukas Bieri from Pixabay https://pixabay.com/photos/laptop-macbook-home-office-switched-2838917/
*Not Sponsored by mmhmm
Video Credits (titles):
'Brain' by Oleg Gamulinskiy
'World Earth NASA' by NASA-Imagery
'Ink Abstract Art' by Engin_Akyurt from Pixabay
'Creative 38838' by Miguel Á. Padriñán
Music: Can’t Stop Me Now (Instrumental) - Triple Scoop Blues (via Adobe Rush)
In tonight's episode of Inject Creativity Live, Tim, Jerry and I were joined by Adobe Education Leader Emeritus Chris Betcher from Sydney, and Education Thought Leader Paul McClean from New Zealand.
Our guest speakers were, as always, informative and inspirational. I especially enjoyed Chris' presentation as it focused on one of my loves - storytelling through videomaking, with a focus on the cinematic approach and how you can tell better stories by employing the principles of cinematography.
Paul presented a 5 minute gem on his approach to setting up Digital Mastery in schools.
Tonight I learned that no matter how much time I spend thinking about creating videos and software demonstrations, it is so incredibly valuable to think purposefully and fully about how elements can enhance or hinder the story you are trying to tell - even if the content is quite dry.
Paul's presentation focus was, as always, dedicated to his passion in building real-world learning and talent development opportunities for students, and to move away from the standardised testing approach towards learning and student development in education. He is working quite closely with a school at the moment, and also shared with us a success story of one student from a previous school he worked with. See Paul's presentation from timestamp 50:08 above.
A couple of great shares during the fireside chat from some of our attendees as well - I have linked these spontaneous creative examples here (right).
If you're still reading this, thanks so much! My Spark Summary Page from tonight is linked for you below :)
So I think my first ever solo livestream went well - no technical difficulties, no hiccups... and was only 16 and a bit minutes long (if you include the intro and outro)!
My ever supportive partner in crime watched it and said that I explained things really clearly, and he feels confident that he could jump in and use the app based solely on my video, so ACHIEVEMENT = UNLOCKED!
I am pondering what I should do for my next livestream... am thinking of doing a demo, compare, contrast and follow-me of how I created my show intro and outro in two different apps (for all skill levels):
Thinking a good theme for the next show would be a positive word/image association project.
What would really interest me is to see what people's experience is with using Adobe Spark vs Adobe Rush. Rush is available to try for free and export a couple of videos to see how you like it before you commit, and I would be really, really interested to see what people think... and how easy they find each product to use!
What do you think? Is this a good idea for my next livestream? Should I do them once a month? Once a fortnight? Leave a comment below, or 'at' me on Twitter @ErinRaethke.
We're baaacccckkkkkk.... two weeks earlier than we thought!
This week was our opportunity to test out the new format for Inject Creativity Live in 2021, with a longer livestream and non-recorded 'fireside' chat. With so many things going on in the world of creative tech and Adobe, it was bound to happen that we would run a little overtime, with part 2 of my Adobe Spark Post (with video frames in iOS) needing to be rescheduled to a later date.
Tim, Jerry and I were joined by Clara Galan who gave a great update on what is coming up in the world of the Adobe Creative Educator program for Level 1 and 2, as well as collaborative projects and challenges that are available via the social networks used to connect educators and creatives from across the globe.
I then completed Part 1 of a live demo and Spark Challenge suggestion, showing off the new screen layout of Adobe Spark web and what can be achieved with a theme in mind... my suggestion was 'Expectation vs. Reality'. I had a couple of prior examples, then I:
This demo I am going to do in a livestream on Thursday 11th February at 6pm AEST/7pm AEDT. It'll be the first in a Create/Share/Learn livestream series I have planned for my YouTube channel, where I spend a bit of time exploring what is possible with different tech, featuring programs like Adobe Spark and Premiere Rush, to other apps and services I enjoy and use to build resources for work and play.
I'll be putting up a new post with the link to the recording then, and will pop a reminder in my socials prior to going live. Hopefully I'll see you there! :)
And about my demo... I was flattered and blown away by the Adobe Spark shares that people submitted at our fireside chat with my suggested theme 'Expectation vs. Reality'. A lot of them had stories to go with them too, from tales of collaborative PD pages, to positive spins on re-purposing laser cutters to make maths fun, to celebrations of the return of our show!
A big thank you to everyone who had a go... including those who decided not to share their link on the night. If you did create something but didn't feel up to sharing it on the night, that is cool - there is always next time, and our group of ed and tech professionals are a wonderful and supportive bunch :)
My day job includes designing, developing, writing, copy editing, creating and delivering training resources for staff and students (including video capture/editing and voice over/other post-production work for multi-modal resources). In my spare time, I like to take pretty pictures.