So the Learn OneNote Conference has just ended and it was a blast! The 21 Speakers gave amazing talks and presentations and although I might be a die-hard OneNote user since 7 years I found something new and interesting in EVERY presentation! So let me say THANK YOU for all your hard work and efforts, and I wanna thank especially Jared DeCamp for hosting this online conference and making this possible!
And even if I do not know how many people were attending this conference by now I am so thrilled by the feedback and „BUZZ“ that I felt on the Twitter-Stream:
It is simply amazing when you realize that there are thousands of people from all over the world, who were inspired by these talks and that I have played a small part in this happening:
Behind the scenes
So everybody who knows me, knows that I LOVE to plan and give presentations and I am always set high expectations for myself. For this online-conference I had to deal with two things. First, I am not that good at speaking English and second, I was asked to deliver a video-file of my presentation. So due to the first reason I soon realized that I could not do a live screencast and record it in realtime, cause I know I would struggle with words and I would not be happy with the outcome.
PowerPoint is a beast!
So I planned to rely entirely on PowerPoint and the inbuilt recording and exporting features. I have done that before, but you have be carefule to apply a timing to every slide so, that the recording and the transitions are in sync. So basically I laid out the path of my talk within OneNote and sketched some ideas and soon started to jump into creating the PowerPoint slides.
I would say, that I am pretty familiar with lots of PowerPoint features and so I wanted to give me best to make this an remarkable presentation. I’ve tried some amazing effects before (see this Blogpost ) and so I wanted to make use of the Morph, Zoom and Parallax effects.
My slides are always very minimalistic, just a big picture and some words. I highly recommend you to have a look at unsplash.com, where you can find amazing, free-to-use (CC0), high quality pictures from lots of professional photographers. If you need some icons too, then flaticon.com is the one place you might have to look for!
But as I also wanted to show some real time action of OneNote and GeoGebra in my presentation I had to make some screencasts too. Although PowerPoint allows this natively with the Office Mix Plugin, I relied on using my number one Screenrecording-App Screencast-o-Matic .
It provides me with much more features and I can edit the Screencasts afterwards, make annotations and export them as video files. These files were just dragged-and-dropped into to PowerPoint presentation.
I created slide by slide and started to record audio on every slide. I know that you can use Office Mix for this feature too, but as just need a plain presentation I prefered this way. The benefits are great: I can make a slide by slide recording and if I said something wrong or wanted to add another slide, I could easily re-work it.
To be honest: the recording was very time-consuming, as I am not that good in pronunciation and free talking. So I have scripted everything I wanted to say and – guess what – I wrote down nearly everything in OneNote (you can clearly guess the parts where I was speaking freely). Besides the fact that I could get a bit more confident I have a complete transcription of my talk and maybe I can add it to my video as subtitles someday. (But maybe, I will use the OneNote learning tools for this or the YouTube feature)
Bringing #kurtrocks to life
As I am often asked, where I created my avatar – named kurtrocks – I have made this publically available in my blog . There are a tons of possibilities with the XBox avatar app on Windows 10 and I have tried all of them 😉
I have taken screenshots with lots of different costumes and in different movements and positions and am using it for many different purposes: as my avatars, for presentations, for explainations in school, on my homepage, for quotes,… But I never tried to bring #kurtrocks to life with different gestures and sayings. So I went back to PowerPoint and used this as my storyboard.
I quickly edited the videos and created seamless transitions. Then I did some text-overlays and some hours ( 😉 ) later I exported it as a video-file. This is so powerful and so easy at the same time!
So this #kurtrocks-intro was definitely time-consuming, but it was really, really fun to get this little fellow to life and I will surely do some more things in the future. There are already some projects in my mind and also in the tube… stay tuned!
Finally… it’s live!
Eventually the whole presentation consists 55 slides and the export to an MP4-File took some time (and space). I have not counted the hours of work, but it was definitely the presentation which I worked the most time on ever! So as a perfectionist and my owns hardest critic the final product is not flawless, but I think it is one of the best presentations I have ever created. You can rewatch it on the newly created site „Teching math with OneNote„. Enjoy! And do not forget to give feedback via e-mail or in the comments!