Deadpan Alley: ExtraNormal.com as a video assignment description tool.

Final Portfolio Explanation
by: trauman

Started working on an assignment description for my FYC students today. Final Portfolio Reflection. I’ve never really liked simple versions of those. But the complex versions never seem to work very well. I struggled with it for a while this morning, and I kept thinking that it would so much better if I could just have a dialogue with my students about how I’d like them to approach it. That’s when I thought of ExtraNormal.com. (“If you can type, you can make movies.”) I had actually thought about this before, but all of the examples I’d seen of ExtraNormal movie involved some sort of sarcasm or irony, which plays especially well with the toon-voices come out so flat or awkwardly inflected. It can be kinda funny. But I didn’t really want to introduce sarcasm or cynicism into my classroom; I’m just not very good at working with those strategies. But this assignment description project, where I could make a little fun of myself, seemed like a pretty good opportunity to give it a try. And class is almost over for the semester, so how much damage can I really do? Here’s a copy of the video I made. It’s a draft, but I’m not sure if I’m going to revise this one or just start working on another one. Feel free to let me know what you think.

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Deadpan Alley: ExtraNormal.com as a video assignment description tool.

Final Portfolio Explanation
by: trauman

Started working on an assignment description for my FYC students today. Final Portfolio Reflection. I’ve never really liked simple versions of those. But the complex versions never seem to work very well. I struggled with it for a while this morning, and I kept thinking that it would so much better if I could just have a dialogue with my students about how I’d like them to approach it. That’s when I thought of ExtraNormal.com. (“If you can type, you can make movies.”) I had actually thought about this before, but all of the examples I’d seen of ExtraNormal movie involved some sort of sarcasm or irony, which plays especially well with the toon-voices come out so flat or awkwardly inflected. It can be kinda funny. But I didn’t really want to introduce sarcasm or cynicism into my classroom; I’m just not very good at working with those strategies. But this assignment description project, where I could make a little fun of myself, seemed like a pretty good opportunity to give it a try. And class is almost over for the semester, so how much damage can I really do? Here’s a copy of the video I made. It’s a draft, but I’m not sure if I’m going to revise this one or just start working on another one. Feel free to let me know what you think.

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