Screencast peer review

Try out Screencast-o-matic to make a screencast for your partner with feedback on their BSG draft.

First, look through the draft pages and get a sense of what points you want to make. You want to identify parts of the BSG that you really like as well as areas where you have questions or suggestions for the author. Scroll through the pages and use the cursor to point to specific areas on the screen. Aim for a feedback of around 5 minutes.

Recording with Screencast-o-matic

  1. Open up the BSG draft pages on your desktop.
  2. Go to Screencast-o-matic.com.
  3. Click on Record for Free. You’ll be prompted to download Screencast-o-matic and open it on your desktop.
  4. Click on the red Record button to start a new recording.
  5. Adjust the size of the frame so that the BSG fits within it.
  6. Click on red Rec button again, and after the 3-2-1 countdown start speaking.
  7. If you make a mistake or want to start again, click on the Pause button and then click on the Trash icon and select the Yes, Start Over button.
  8. Click on the Pause button when you’re done, and then click on Done.
  9. Click on Save/Upload, and then click on Save as Video File.
  10. Screencast-o-matic will create an mp4 file on your desktop.
  11. Send this mp4 file to your partner via email.

Pairs

writing advice

In the comments section below, share with us one helpful piece of writing advice or instruction that you’ve received. Just one! And please explain why you’ve found this advice or instruction helpful.

resources

Briefly discuss one resource (for instance, about typography, about logos, or about BSGs) from the class website or from your own research that you’ve found to be helpful. Please include a link if you mention a specific website.

brand adjectives

List 3-5 adjectives that describe your brand, and include a few sentences that discuss how these adjectives will set the tone for design and writing in your BSG. Optionally, you can also list some adjectives that your brand is not. (Just a note that you can certainly change your brand adjectives and style as you continue working on the BSG; this is just a non-binding sort of exercise to get you started.)

collaboration

Think back to one particularly successful collaboration you’ve been involved in. What made it successful? What approaches, strategies, and/or tools did you use that played a role in the success of the project?

Alternatively, you can write about an unsuccessful collaboration and identify the approaches, strategies, and/or tools that created problems.

Respond in the comments section below, and feel free to comment on others’ responses.