The “Un” Video Podcast

A few weeks ago I posted about the iPod I received for Mother’s Day. I’ve discovered some really great podcasts and almost every time I listen to one I find myself thinking I could do this!

Then earlier this week I read Lauren Pressley‘s Computer in Libraries article on creating and using videos in libraries and was inspired by how easy she made it look.

I’ve been working on a class about baby sign language. My son began learning baby sign language at about 9 months old. My daughter is 11 months old so last night I decided it was time for her first lesson.

In that instant I thought wouldn’t this make a great video podcast. So I set up my camera and ad-libbed the lesson.

Then using the software that comes free with Windows–Windows Movie Maker, I added the credits and a few transitions and cut out the part where my son put his hand in from of the camera and asked the endless “what’s this” questions.

Now normally I would want to make this perfect before sharing. But in the spirit of being green and saving resources and time, I now present the “un-video podcast.”


Total cost = $0 (I used a digital camera and free tools)

Total time spent = 30 minutes (including cleaning up the baby)

So while this may not be perfect, it was quick, it was easy, and it was cheap.

About Lori Reed

Lori Reed, coauthor of Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Non-Profit Trainers, is a learning and communication strategist with more than twenty years experience in learning and development. A 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and a 2010 "One to Watch" for paralibrarians, Lori graduated cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Lori is a certified Synchronous Learning Expert and a North Carolina Master Trainer and has traveled across North America speaking about libraries and training.


  1. I thought it was great! Can’t believe you ad libbed that script – you were born to train 🙂

  2. I love this! I really think there is a lot to be said for incorporating multimedia (and video in particular) into what we do. This is an awesome example of how it really is easy, as well!

    Great video, too… I had heard about baby sign language before, but I don’t know much about it. It was interesting to me to learn about the idea, see how one teaches it, and see that it sticks with people for a while. Well done!

  3. Cool Lori! I used baby sign, but had started it too late to have as great an impact as it could. He ended up speaking before he could sign!

    On an tangent baby learning note: have you heard about the “your baby can read” program? I saw it on an infomercial, but they were showing videos of real babies learning to read by watching a series of videos showing and saying words. It has similarities to baby signing, repetition until a natural connection is made. Since I just heard about this, don’t know if it has the proven track record and mainstream acceptance of baby signing, but it does sound interesting.

    It is expensive, but it could probably be made at home by a talented multimedia trainer such as yourself!

    Thanks for a thoughtful well produced baby sign lesson!

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