Christine Martell has been teaching herself how to screencast and completed her first screencast. What's really impressive is that it made Screencast of the Week over at TechSmith, the makers of the software.
Christine was using some of the wonderful how-to videos on the TechSmith site (and I also think my screencasting primer too). The Chipmunks reference is because she encountered a bug with the software that made her recording sound like the Alvin and Chipmunks. It got in her way until she found the software update.
The are limitations of e-learning that focus on telling me how things should work rather than how to think it through when they don’t.
This is an issue that I have struggled with as a technology trainer for the past 15 years. I'm remembering back to some trainings I had to do for arts educators in the mid-1990s and had to teach some software. What I used to do was show the how things should work method first. Then I would do it again, but intentionally make a common mistake -- but I wouldn't tell them I was doing it on purpose. And when the error message appeared or it didn't work as it did the first time, I would ask the class to brainstorm what was happening and why. The third demo was sort of a game. I would go through the steps, intentionally making a mistake. My demo would be silent - no narrative. But this time, I told the class I was going to make a mistake and ask them to shout out when I made the mistake and what it was. (It would be different mistake from the second time and the winner would get a candy bar.)
Maybe that would be an interesting add-on to a screencast after you've shown them the right way.