One of the challenges of teaching my Multimedia / Web Design course is that students come with all different levels of experience and expertise. We don’t have a specific textbook and as an introductory class using all different software tools (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, iMovie, etc..) I find that students have a hard time remembering how to do specific techniques learned earlier in the semester.
I’ve just started creating screencasts of our favorite Photoshop CS3 techniques to embed on our class website. This will allow students to easily review the procedures and also help those who missed the initial instruction. Here’s my first one (too bad the bell rang towards the end). I used Jing for the screencast and the uploaded it to my YouTube channel.
Note: This technique came from Matt Kloskowski’s book: Layers: The Complete Guide to Photoshop’s Most Powerful Feature.
My ultimate goal is to have the students in the Tech Media Arts class create a series of these screencasts about all types of different techniques too.