A little help here…?

Dear Friends,

A few months or even years ago, there was a Flash or QuickTime presentation about Wikipedia. This presentation showed how one Wikipedia went through an editorial process over several months — I think the article was about the band, METALLICA, but I forget. It sounded like one of the commentators on NPR. The image showed the article, and then flashed between several different versions of the article through its history of editing; meanwhile, the voiceover gave a fairly elaborate description of how Wikipedia worked. Does anyone remember this thing?

If you do, here are my questions, which may be more directed at the technoscenti among you:

1) How would I go about building such a movie or Flash animation, but using a student paper instead of a Wikipedia article?

2) Would there be a way to include “buttons” at the bottom of the screen showing several different editorial stages, e.g., 0: Rough Draft, 1: Spell Check, 2: Parsing Content, 3: Parsing Grammar, 4: Concision, 5: Footnoting and 6: Niceties, so that kids who wanted to review a specific stage of editing could in fact do so?

3) How would I go about learning how to create this sort of animation?

4) Is this something that could be better done by a ‘professional’, keeping in mind that they have as much chance of getting paid as finding Haagen-Daas in Hell? 🙂

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7 comments

  1. That’s a very cool and kind offer. It’s the sort of thing that I might do better myself, but I have no idea how to go about it.

    Basically, I want the text to appear as the kid wrote it. I then want a voice-over describing what I see as a teacher, with proof-reading marks appearing on the screen or the text becoming highlighted in some fashion. All this has to happen slowly enough that a student watching it for the first time will see what’s going on, and hear it. It also needs to happen fast enough that a student will keep watching. Then, the voice-over will describe how to do the editing implied by the proof-reading marks, which will vanish as the corrections are made.

    It’s a fairly involved project, and it may be a lot more than you want to do.

  2. This is very much like something I’m doing with Flash right now.

    I could potentially help out depending on how extensive & detailed you needed the animation to be.

  3. This is very much like something I’m doing with Flash right now.

    I could potentially help out depending on how extensive & detailed you needed the animation to be.

    • That’s a very cool and kind offer. It’s the sort of thing that I might do better myself, but I have no idea how to go about it.

      Basically, I want the text to appear as the kid wrote it. I then want a voice-over describing what I see as a teacher, with proof-reading marks appearing on the screen or the text becoming highlighted in some fashion. All this has to happen slowly enough that a student watching it for the first time will see what’s going on, and hear it. It also needs to happen fast enough that a student will keep watching. Then, the voice-over will describe how to do the editing implied by the proof-reading marks, which will vanish as the corrections are made.

      It’s a fairly involved project, and it may be a lot more than you want to do.

  4. You’re talking about “eLearning.”

    I can help a little — there are authoring programs that do this. Macromedia makes one called “Captivate,” a more robust one as well called “Presenter”

    Captivate is around 500 bucks. Not sure about Presenter.

    They are both relatively easy to use.

  5. You’re talking about “eLearning.”

    I can help a little — there are authoring programs that do this. Macromedia makes one called “Captivate,” a more robust one as well called “Presenter”

    Captivate is around 500 bucks. Not sure about Presenter.

    They are both relatively easy to use.

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