International Islamic University Malaysia
Master of Education (in progress) 2018-present
Researching and developing a narrative game to foster healthy decision making in the prevention of type 2 diabetes.
Current GPA: 4.00/4.00
MARA University of Technology
Bachelor of Education (Honors) 2004-2009
Teaching English as A Second Language
Pioneered the submission of a computer program for teaching literature in the classroom as a final project, which received an A.
Overall GPA: 3.75/4.00
Bunkyo Gakuin University
Intercultural Exchange Program 2006
Intensive study program of Japanese history, education and culture.
MARA University of Technology
TESL Foundation 2003-2004
Overall GPA: 3.87/4.00
Group Project: An Instructional Video on Homophones
This group project was rather challenging, due to the fact that each of us have very different schedules, but we managed to persevere and complete the task with everybody contributing their expertise. Whatsapp is a life-saver!
I am very thankful to my students who were willing to be featured in this video. I even previewed the completed video to them in class and it was interesting to note their responses. They enjoyed the dramatisation of the content and were very participating during the quiz. I think if we had more time, I'd probably include a voice-over in the quiz segment too.
Individual Project: An Instructional Video on Nouns
There are a lot of limitations to this task. Firstly, this app is a Freemium, which means it is only free up to a point.
- I cannot create a video with a duration for more than 3 minutes.
- There is a minimum duration for each animation and you can't speed them up.
- You cannot customise the animation/graphic for the slides, only the text and embedded photo or video.
- You can only preview your work by rendering them first, which takes up a lot of time if you're constantly checking the duration for each part to tally with your script.
- The export resolution is 360p so it's a little pixelated when viewed at a big dimension.
- I don't think it's possible to record voice-overs directly in Renderforest.
- I don't really mind the watermark, though.
The way I work around all of the problems is by using iMovie to join 2 parts of my video into one seamless presentation, record the voice-over, adjust the duration of certain scenes, add music I downloaded from Youtube Audio Library, and add customised photos/slides made using Spark Post.
Another challenging part to this exercise is the voice-over. I have my studio microphones and all, but due to the time constraints, I just used my headset to record the narration. I then had to do some audio cleanup and boost the quality of the recording by a lot. This convinced me that I should just break out my microphone next time.
The reasons why I chose to do an instructional video on Nouns are:
- My initial idea on the Instructional Video on Active Learning was a bust because I don't really have solid materials to work with.
- I have to do Grammar revisions with the new Year 9 class I'm teaching. In order to teach them more complex sentence patterns, they must have a clear understanding of all the parts of speech.
- I figured that since I want to experiment with Renderforest 3D Toolkit, the lesson must be more visual than conceptual.
Important question I should ask myself: Will I use Renderforest again for my video needs? Maybe. It's quite expensive to subscribe to unlock its features (close to RM50 a month) and to get the cheapest deal, it has to be a one-year commitment. If I don't mind the setbacks, there are actually a lot of options to choose from so I can vary the type of videos I create, and the idea of variety is very attractive. Perhaps I will continue my Part of Speech series with Verbs next.
Digital Storytelling Project: Adobe Spark Video
This task was very engaging. Although Spark Video makes it easier to find accompanying photos for the narration, I had to dig around the internet for the video content. Thankfully, Pixabay and Pexels provide a lot of resources for me to play around with.
I was inspired to create this narrative because I once shared the story with my students and they seemed to be really absorbed by it. I had read it somewhere but my memory fails to recall where and who shared it. Since I couldn't find the actual story, I decided to retell it in my own words. Before this, I wanted to do a vignette on Active Learning, but upon consideration, I realised that there aren't many resources to use to make the storytelling engaging enough. I'm grateful that this story gets to be told since it has a powerful message to it.
My working structure for this project goes like this:
- Write the story/script for the digital narrative.
- Highlight keywords and possible video ideas to the story.
- Scout for videos and photos (if there is no video).
- Start working in Adobe Video: upload the video, insert text, adjust alignment of content, select duration and transition.
- Choose a suitable soundtrack.
- Preview and edit.
I think what was time consuming was the editing and refining process. A lot of trial and error. The process took a lot of RAM and the app repeatedly reloaded itself when it doesn't feel right. I also work on my phone and it's easier to preview the video on the phone than the computer, so sometimes I went back and forth the two devices.
What I find to be setbacks to Spark Video may be strengths for some people who are not well-versed on video editing softwares like Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, or even iMovie. It's very intuitive and minimal and gets the digital storytelling job done. However, I find myself wishing I could simply cut and drag the parts to my satisfaction rather than going to each individual video clip to select the part and the duration that I want.
Overall, I love the app and how it simplifies work for me and would definitely create more videos for my lessons in the future. More importantly, I (accidentally) subscribed to the Photography plan so I could customise my Page and now, there's no turning back.
Poster Project: Adobe Spark Post
How will graphic designers ever make money after Spark Post? They can create the templates used in Post, I guess.
Honestly, I felt like I was cheating in this assignment because the large part of the work has already been done for me with the templates provided. I just had to pick a photo, insert the text that I want, audition the templates with my content, select a template that I like and think will work, and adjust the layout to taste. Okay, so it's not completely without me having to do work, but this app really saves a lot of time. Furthermore, I think I learn a lot by looking at the templates and picking and choose the elements that I like for future use.
A simple post will never be the same or simple again.
Stock Photo Group Project
Created with images by JESHOOTS.COM - "untitled image" • coyot - "school draw drawing"