Sunday, February 5, 2012

Have you practiced your speech? Prove it on YouTube.

***UPDATE***: If you've already uploaded a speech practice video, you need to make sure that the video is marked as UNLISTED instead of PRIVATE. It makes is significantly easier for me to watch it, grade it, and give you points for it!

Originally posted 9/3/11.

As I've said a number of times in class, the first speech one does for Communication class isn't very good at all. The speaker will be nervous, will stutter and sweat, and will, most likely, have a pretty rough outline that leads to a pretty poor first speech. Don't expect to get a good grade on this one—as you do more speeches in this class, you'll become more comfortable with being up front.

However, in an effort to get you sufficiently practiced for your first real speech (on Wednesday, September 15th), I'll be requiring that you record your speech 3 different times and will require that you post it to so I can evaluate your practicing. Here's how.

  1. Record the speech. Use the Camera app to record yourself giving the speech. You will need to make sure that you have the camera facing yourself. You may watch the screen or the camera while you're speaking, so long as you're not reading off of your outline.

  2. Uploading. Once you have completed the video, click on the Share () button at the top of the screen. There will be an option to Send to YouTube. Click on that. If you are asked to sign in, I would strongly suggest you log into with your TAPA email account (e.g. and your email password.

    A screen will pop up with information to fill out. Name the speech some form of Informative Speech #1, and add which practice run this video is. You'll probably need to fill in some type of description, as well. Make sure the video is  HD  (better quality than Standard Definition), make "Communication" as a Tag, and make the Category "Education". Finally, most importantly, make sure that your video is not publishing as  Public , but as  Unlisted . It really SHOULD NOT be listed as  Private .

    When you are done, you can hit  Publish . Your video will start to upload.

  3. Share it... with me. Once the video is uploaded, you will be given an opportunity to either View on YouTube or Tell a Friend.

    I suggest that you Tell a Friend (me). Since you've made it Unlisted, no one can search for your video or even look under your Channel, so don't worry—your secret practice is safe with me. When you hit Tell a Friend, it will take you to your email and let you email the video to me. Send it to my TAPA email.

    The other option is to View on YouTube. If you click this, it will take you to the video, which you can watch online.

    When you get there, you will see another Share () button near the top. Clicking on that will give you the option to send me the link.
Now, you will do this whole process 3 times. I strongly suggest that you try to not use your outline at all (unless it's absolutely necessary). Each time, try to use the outline less and the notecard more. By the time Wednesday comes around, you should have practiced enough that you will pass fail by less.

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