This video is a long time in production, and certainly wasn’t posted in time for the excellent Google sponsored Demo Slam competition, but I like to follow through on my projects, whether they’re on time or not. As an aside, being the first person in a school district to make the leap to start publishing via YouTube is a HUGE anxiety-creating monster, especially when you’re the one setting the example for the teaching staff in the district. I fully expect many teachers to be asking about creating their own YouTube channel by day’s end (I already have one request in my inbox), but I’m thinking I’ll steer them towards Vimeo as a better solution in terms of manageability, the much more well behaved community on Vimeo, and the ease of use (don’t have to create a Google Account to use Vimeo).
I produced this video with the help of Jason Valade (@jay2thavee), a technology teacher in my school district at the Later Elementary school. The 5th graders absolutely loved doing this, and we got some great feedback from staff on our creative use of Google Docs. Enjoy!