Welcome to Week 6!
By now you should have:
- read and completed all readings in “Week 5″ in Course 3 under “My Courses”
- written 5 blog posts and 5 comments
- continued recording the URL of the post you and comments you would like assessed as part of Course 3
- started your final project for Course 3
Course 3 Final Projects & Sharing Media on Your Blog
Because Course 3 is very heavy into visual media, a few great questions have come up about how to best share media on your blog. You may have already noticed that there is a limit to the file sizes you can upload to your blog. This is because there are great places to host your media on the web where lots of other users will be able to find it and connect with you (and of course, we don’t have unlimited server space to host all the files everyone could possibly want to upload).
So, as you create your final projects for Course 3, you may want to think about where you’re going to upload your finished products. Here are a few ideas:
Uploading & sharing images:
Personally, I love Flickr. The free accounts are really generous, the sharing is super easy, and the community is really active. Of course you can host all your images within Google+ if you have an account already (which used to be Picasa). Another popular resource is SmugMug.
Uploading & sharing videos:
Mostly I tend to use YouTube. The fact that it’s integrated with Google Apps makes it easy to manage. When I have longer videos, I tend to use Vimeo. You can upload videos to your Google Drive account and embed them in other places on the web too, if that feels more comfortable for you.
Uploading & sharing presentations:
If I have a lot of custom designing on a presentation and I don’t want to upload to Google Presentations, I usually create in Keynote or PowerPoint and then upload to Slideshare. Again, it’s easy to embed presentations from slideshare pretty much anywhere on the web, there’s a good community there, and lots of great resources to look at for inspiration too. If it’s something simple, I usually just use Google Presentations to keep it easy.
If you’re planning to create a presentation and narrate the slides, you have a number of options. You can import your slides as images into your video editing software (iMovie or MovieMaker for example) and then recording your audio and uploading the video files as suggested above. You might also want to try making a screencast (here is a great guide from Kathy Schrok with a list of some tools you might want to try). If you have a Mac, QuickTime is so easy to use for screencasting with audio. If you do make a screencast, you can also upload that video file to the same services listed above.
Uploading & sharing other file types:
Pretty much anything else that I need to upload and share, I use Google Drive. It’s easy to publish almost any kind of file to the web on Google Drive, and then embed that work into a blog (or anywhere else).
Where do you prefer to host your files? Please feel free to share suggestions in the comments!
Remix & Mashup
As I mentioned last week, this time around Week 6 includes some interesting readings and resources about one of my absolute favorite topics: Remix. You may remember that we started talking about this topic back in Course 2, Week 3, this time around we’re going to look a little deeper, and put remix into the context of creating media (within the theme of Course 3), rather than copyright (the theme of Course 2).
For a refresher (and a great overview of this topic), watch Kirby Ferguson’s TED Talk:
As I mentioned in Course 2, his series of mini-documentaries, Everything is a Remix is one of my favorite videos to share with students to get them thinking about creativity and originality.
Another series of videos that I love that references many of the key themes of remix and mashup is PBS OffBook, in particular this one: Visual Culture Online:
Often when we work with students on creative projects, we insist that their work be original. I love this concept of remixing and mashups because it helps us recognize that the way we combine and reuse existing materials isn’t just copying, it is creating something new, bringing together existing elements using your own unique perspective and understanding. It’s also an opportunity to interact with the creators of existing visual media in a way that wasn’t possible before the internet, which is exciting in it’s own right. And when we think about the way that creators interact with each other, we begin to see remix as something more than just creating.
How do you feel about the concept of remix? Does it remind you of anything from our first in-depth reading, Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out?