I did a lot of preparation for this workshop to document as much of the how-tos and resources because I only had 30 minutes to present. Upon my arrival in Cambodia and actually experiencing the how slow the Internet is, how long it takes to upload, and that the videos posted to hosting sites don't necessarily play here. A lot of the reaction to video blogging can be summed up by Chandee's face below which I included in the presentation materials I revised the day before.
The most challenging part of training is the skills transfer and adoption. You can come in as a expert, do a presentation, provide some hands on exercises, and leave behind well documented manuals. But what happens when you leave? How do you build capacity. So, my initial goal was to find someone who was interested in doing video blogging, had the ability to train, and understood the technical stuff. That person, ended up being Virak. I worked with him on Wednesday afternoon so he could be resource to the others who might want to video blogging. Here's Virak's first video blog post.
I was impressed with how quickly he picked it up and invited him to co-present with me. Train the trainer in action! Since Virak was also one of the organizers and I was also doing too many other things, we didn't have the luxury of indepth planning and we had never worked together! So, we did a bit of improvisation.
When I co-train with other trainers and we speak the same language it is easy to trade of roles. For example, one person may be talking while the other is demonstrating on the computer. Virak narrated, but in Khmer - so I had to guess approximately what he was saying. I had to turn it into a little bit of comedy act and the audience laughed. They got a kick out my Vanna White style of demonstrating how to take the SD card out of the camera and put it into the card reader.
Of course, the ideal way to accomplish this would be been to have more time to transfer the skills to the trainers, model the skill transfer, and observe it. Nonetheless, I'm confident that there will be more video bloggers in Cambodia.
Jay Dedman and Ryanne Hodson brought over 3 video blogging kits to the computer school in Roteang. Sari, the computer teacher is here today and he brought along his camera. He also told me that based on yesterday, he started a blog. At lunch, we talked some student lessons he could do to have the kids at Roteang document their village. Of course, his Internet access is very slow - via cell phone. So, he may need to travel into Phnom Penh to send or copy onto a CD and give to a sharing foundation rep on their regular visits. So, now he is another resource and Cambodian video blogger!
And, of course, there were the winners of the Clogger Awards which included the two other video blogging kits I brought over. I will be following up with a post about the winners once I get back to the US (now in the Singapore airport before my 18 hour flight)
- Incorporate the people into the presentation. Take photos while in country and incorporate into your presentation material.
- Listen for resistance and incorporate that in your teaching materials. Name it and claim it.