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Wednesday, May 21 5:15p-7:30p, DBH 226

Final Projects are here.

You will only be able to present from one computer. This computer will only have iTunes and a Web Browser Available. The videos or audios all have to be on a central theme. You start with 100 points. Here is how grading works. You loose points based on the following:

  • Minimum 3 episodes. Minus 33 points for each audio or video less than three.
  • Minus 15 points if all episodes are not true to theme.
  • Minus 10 points if your episodes fail to tell a story.
  • Minus 10 points each if you failed to create a Blogger Video Blog (vlog) and/or a Feedburner RSS feed for your final project and/or that vlog is not dedicated to the final project.
  • Minus 15 points for each instance of the use of copyrighted material without permission.
  • Minus 10 points if you are unable to present from within iTunes due to a failure of your RSS feed.
  • Minus 25 points if you are unable to present from either iTunes or your video blog.

Today’s Lab

Using Feedburner to create a podcast

Creating your RSS “podcast” Feed
This evening we will be using Feedburner to create a podcast RSS feed to your vlog. The screen shots shown here are from the Freevlog tutorial “Get an RSS Feed.” This pdf guide is meant to supplement, not replace, the fine video by Ryanne Hodson and the good folks at Freevlog.

ITunes Lab

Verify your podcast works!
Now is the time to test your podcast. I use the term “test” quite literally here. iTunes is what you will be presenting your Final Presentation from! You do not want this to fail!

Take home assignments

Due Today

Nothing

Open Lab

I plan to be here next week on dead day during “class time” if you want help

Final

Wednesday, May 21 5:15p-7:30p

Six feet under final six minutes

Sit down, I have something important to tell you…
I was in my twenties when my father died. My youngest son was about a year old. My dad died of a rare disease, but this is not about my dad, it is about you. Every day is a gift. This is not just a gift to you. Each day of your life is a gift to all the people who love you and anybody who does now and or will someday want to know you. Believe it or not what happens to you is important. We think we have a long time, but we never know, we likely do, but…

My first wife was thirty-three when she was killed in a car accident. In a blink of an eye she was gone and I was a dad raising three kids on my own. Her story passed to me to tell them. But, this is not about her, or me, it is about you. You may live to be over a 100, but someday you will not be around to tell the story of who you are now. But, now you can tell that story, you have the power to tell that story now, to the whole world.

Gone the Sun
In the book Gone the Sun, Winston Groom writes, “Sometimes I think we should be issued another paper, a Life Certificate if you will – which could contain some brief statement for historical purposes that could explain how a person lived and what they accomplished and where they failed and why.”

You have a story to tell to people who may not be alive yet
Someday somebody will wonder what it is like to be you, now. Maybe your children, grandchildren, great…

Maybe that person will be you
You may someday look back on life and wonder what it was like to be you, now. You may someday be your own audience. You can also share stories as you remember them of folks you care about who are already gone…

Rianna

“Hey, my name is Rianna,
I am a Junior at Tesoro High School and I am on the varsity song team.” This is what Rianna’s MySpace blog says. According to the LA Times, “Rianna Woolsey, a 16-year-old cheerleader, last logged onto MySpace.com on Dec. 6, 2005. She died the next day when her car smashed into a tree near her home in southern Orange County.” Her page that has not changed since her death. The page is a time capsule of a life cut short. The only part that is different is the section where readers post comments. Since her death over two years year ago, friends have written probably over 1000 messages there. Her friends whom she authorized to post to her page still are posting there, to her, to this day. When I mentioned her on our class blog last year, I received a nice Email from a member of her family thanking me for mentioning her, for remembering Rianna. This person found the post through Google. As I mentioned in that blog post:

Every blog post we make builds our legacy and tells the story of our lives. This is so important, this is what folks will look back on when we are gone. This is our lives with permalinks and cached in Google. Her (Rianna’s) words, my first wife Candy’s words, or my sister’s (who died from Cancer a few years ago) words, or my father’s words, all these words and stories I have, and the stories you have, that we hold in our memories can now be written and shared in the world by us and those living with us and preserved for a world without us. Rianna’s continuing story is in the comments of Rianna’s MySpace page. Her memory is shared for those who never knew her there. It is a story started by her before her death certificate and still being written by those who remember her.

As you contemplate your final movies for this class or even your next post to your blog or MySpace or Facebook, or wherever; remember, you don’t have to be heavy, or try to do something poignant. Your memory of the best burrito you ever had in your entire life is a good story, an important story. It is a story that may be real important to someone who wants to hear that story either today or someday. Perhaps that person, someday, may be you. I wish I had videos of loved ones lost telling the story of the best burrito they ever had. I wish I had a video of myself at your age telling that story.

Lab assignment

Posting media files to Blogger

How to post your media files to your Blogger Blog
This is a basic and critical skill for video blogging. You have to do this for your vlog to be a vlog. Here is the info you need!

Video on getting a Blogger blog

We get blogs!
Our lab today will be to get a Blogger Blog. This will be the first step in creating our Vlog and then our Podcast! Here is a great video by the fine folks at freevlog.com about getting a Blogger blog.

Apple tech spec

Geek RSS Stuff: What are the rules of podcast compliance?
THE TECH SPECS – According to Wikipedia, “As of September 2007, the iPod had sold over 110 million units worldwide (stated in “The Beat Goes On” conference) making it the best-selling digital audio player series in history.” If you want an audience for your podcast you have to be able put your content on the iPod platform. There are plenty of tools that make it possible to do that, but to make it easier for folks to find you, and to make your podcast look more attractive in the iTunes interface, you may want to tweak that RSS feed.

If you are ready to take the leap into true XML hacking, Apple has the technical specification right here. In short, this is the podcasters Bible. Thou shalt comply! (Resistance is futile…)

Take home assignments

Due Today

Nothing

Due Next Week, May 7

Nothing

Brian Baer with Nikon

Visit from an old friend
Brian Baer, an old friend and now political photographer for the Sacramento Bee, came to SJSU Today. Brian was here for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s media ethics symposium in Engineering 189 which focused on covering presidential candidates. It was great seeing Brian and catching up on old times. Brian graduated in 1989, two years after I started working at SJSU. Brian will not be able to come today’s class due to a schedule issue.

Lecture

A demo of editing from tape.

Open Lab

Work on assignments that are due.

Assignments

Due Today, April 23

  • The first episode of your final project
  • Read: “We the Media,” by Dan Gillmor
    • Please read Chapters 10, 11 and 12 through the end of the book. This is starts on page 191 in the printed O’Reilly edition of the Dan Gillmor book. Label this post “We the Media 4”
    • Do a post on this blog (or put a link on this blog to a post on your own blog) related to that reading indicating what the author said and why you agree or disagree with the author.

Due Next Week, April 30

Nothing

Dreamweaver Lab

Special Thanks to Professor Cynthia McCune
Use Dreamweaver to create a simple web page for this class. You will add content and new hyperlinks to your web page throughout the semester. Your web page should include:

  • Header or header elements of your own design.
  • Hyperlinks to your blog, the class blog and to your class projects (including your blog header, one or more sample InDesign layouts [jpg or pdf], an iMovie project, a podcast, and your final multimedia project).
  • A 110×110 photo should accompany/illustrate each hyperlink on your web page, use this photo, another photo of yourself or [take screen shots of your projects, resize in Photoshop, save for the web].
  • Follow FTP directions to upload your web page and all associated files to your folder in the class web site.

Assignments

Due Today, April16

  • Lynda Assignment on Dreamweaver
    • Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training, with: Garrick Chow
      1. Introduction
      2. Getting Started
      3. The Interface
      4. Site Control
      5. Document Basics
      6. Linking
      7. CSS Essentials
    • View all the segments in the listed chapters, including the introduction.

Due Next Week, April 23

  • The first episode of your final project
  • Read: “We the Media,” by Dan Gillmor
    • Please read Chapters 10, 11 and 12 through the end of the book. This is starts on page 191 in the printed O’Reilly edition of the Dan Gillmor book. Label this post “We the Media 4”
    • Do a post on this blog (or put a link on this blog to a post on your own blog) related to that reading indicating what the author said and why you agree or disagree with the author.

Special Announcement

Next week we are going to have a very special guest speaker. Brian Baer, the political photographer from The Sacramento Bee. Brian will be speaking to our class. Brian is a “hot shooter.” He has one of the keenest eyes I know of.

He is a friend and a great guy. He is an alum of our photojournalism program and is still passionate about photojournalism. He has seen the transition from conventional analog to digital photojournalism. This should be a real treat! You are invited to bring friends, especially recommended for folks interested in photojournalism.

An added bonus is the inside view Brian has of California politics. This should be a great session!

Tower Hall at SJSU

Markup Languages Lab

We will be preparing to do the Dreamweaver Section of our class by talking about Markup Languages.

Introducing Markup Languages
According to Wikipedia, a markup language is a set of annotations to text that describe how it is to be structured, laid out, or formatted. Markup languages have been in use for centuries, and in recent years have also been used in computer typesetting and word-processing systems. Example: Editing and Proof Reading Marks (PDF).

A well-known example of a markup language in use today in computing is HyperText Markup Language (HTML), one of the protocols of the World Wide Web. HTML follows some of the markup conventions used in the publishing industry in the communication of printed work between authors, editors, and printers. You do not need to know HTML to be able to use tools like Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 to make Web pages. Just like you do not have to know how a car engine works.

To take the car metaphor further, you have to know basic principles of how cars operate. If you do not understand these principles your car will stop operating and you can break your car. For example, you have to know you need to put gasoline in your car for it to go. You also have keep your oil and water levels high enough or you will ruin the engine of your car. You also need to understand the basic principles of markup languages to have your Web pages work right and to keep from breaking your Web site. So, for this lab, we are going to hand code HTML to learn how markup works. Markup is the engine of all Web sites.

Discuss the Final

Reference this blog post

Assignments

Due Today, April 9

  • Read: “We the Media,” by Dan Gillmor
    • Please read Chapters 7, 8 and 9 through the end of Chapter 9 This is up through page 190 in the printed O’Reilly edition of the Dan Gillmor book. Label this post “We the Media 3”
    • Do a post on this blog (or put a link on this blog to a post on your own blog) related to that reading indicating what the author said and why you agree or disagree with the author.
  • Post a paragraph on the class blog talking about the plan you have for your final project. This should be a general and not a detailed outline of what your project will be about. Label this with the category “Final Project Proposal.”
  • Do the in-class lab on Markup languages. After you have created the page as per the instructions below and have FTP’d it to your space on the server; create a post with the category markuplab and with a link to page you have created

Due Next Week, April 9

  • Lynda Assignment on Dreamweaver
    • Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training, with: Garrick Chow
      1. Introduction
      2. Getting Started
      3. The Interface
      4. Site Control
      5. Document Basics
      6. Linking
      7. CSS Essentials
    • View all the segments in the listed chapters, including the introduction.

Due In Two Weeks, April16

  • The first episode of your final project

Clinton Video

In Class Today

  • Audacity Lab 1
    This lab introduces audio editing using the free open source audio wave form editor, Audacity. In this lab students will download a sample wav formatted file and, using the Audacity software, edit the audio and export it as an MP3.

  • Assignments

    Due Today, April 2

    Comment on another student’s blog post
    Post a comment on any other student’s post on this blog. Your comment should indicate that you actually read the post.

    Due Next Week, April 9

    • Read: “We the Media,” by Dan Gillmor
      • Please read Chapters 7, 8 and 9 through the end of Chapter 9 This is up through page 190 in the printed O’Reilly edition of the Dan Gillmor book. Label this post “We the Media 3”
      • Do a post on this blog (or put a link on this blog to a post on your own blog) related to that reading indicating what the author said and why you agree or disagree with the author.
    • Post a paragraph on the class blog talking about the plan you have for your final project. This should be a general and not a detailed outline of what your project will be about. Label this with the category “Final Project Proposal.”

    Lab

    • iMovie Lab 2
      This lab introduces the screen capture utility Grab. It also combines the skills learned in previous labs. Primarily iMovie 1 where you created a Quicktime movie. Photoshop 1 where you resized photos, and the use of Fetch, (see the How To section of this page) which you used for your web assignment to FTP files to the class Website. This is the process you will use to create video blog entries for your vlog and for your video podcast. Give your post the category “My Lunch” class time will be allotted for this, but you are not required to do this in class.

    Assignments

    Due Today Wednesday, March 19

    • Read: “We the Media,” by Dan Gillmor
      • Please read Chapters 4, 5 and 6 through the end of Chapter 6. This is up through page 135 in the printed O’Reilly edition of the Dan Gillmor book. Label this post “We the Media 2”
      • Do a post on this blog (or put a link on this blog to a post on your own blog) related to that reading indicating what the author said and why you agree or disagree with the author.

    Due Next Class, April 2

    Comment on another student’s blog post
    Post a comment on any other student’s post on this blog. Your comment should indicate that you actually read the post.

    Note

    I have been sick since last week and frankly it hurts to talk. So, I anticipate this will be a short class. However, completing this lab is critical to preparing for the next phase of this course.

    Lab: Using iMovie

    • iMovie Lab 1
      This lab shows you how to use iMovie to create a simple Quicktime movie using the iSight cameras in the iMac computers in DBH226.

    Assignments

    Due Today, March 12

    Find a vlog (also called a video blog)
    Find a video blog
    and post the URL of the vlog. Tell the class what the channel is about, if the vlog appears active and how many episodes are on the vlog. Label your post “This is a vlog.”

    What is a video blog?

    • A vlog is a blog with posts that contain video and uses the structure of the blog as its content management system.
    • A vlog is not a movie on YouTube or Blip or a video anywhere else, or a Youtube or Blip channel. Typically the vlog contains both video and related text that puts the video in context.
    • A vlog is episodic and personal.
    • A vlog, like all blogs, is a channel in reverse chronological order.
    • A vlog usually allows comments and usually has an associated RSS feed.
    • Each episode on a vlog has a web accessible URL.
    • A vlog can often be converted into a video podcast.

    Due Next Wednesday, March 19

    • Read: “We the Media,” by Dan Gillmor
      • Please read Chapters 4, 5 and 6 through the end of Chapter 6. This is up through page 135 in the printed O’Reilly edition of the Dan Gillmor book. Label this post “We the Media 2”
      • Do a post on this blog (or put a link on this blog to a post on your own blog) related to that reading indicating what the author said and why you agree or disagree with the author.

    Jelly Fish

    Let’s talk about video blogging

    According to Wikipedia, Videoblogging is:

    A video blog, sometimes shortened to vlog is a blog that comprises video. Regular entries are typically presented in reverse chronological order and often combine embedded video or a video link with supporting text, images, and other metadata.

    Vlogs also often take advantage of web syndication to allow for the distribution of video over the Internet using either the R.S.S. or Atom syndication formats, for automatic aggregation and playback on mobile devices and personal computers. Though many vlogs are collaborative efforts, the majority of vlogs and vlog entries are authored by individuals.

    Some related links:

    Presentation at CATS 2007
    At last year’s Community of Academic Technology Staff (CATS) conference in Fullerton I did a presentation on video blogging (aka vlogging.) The PowerPoint from the session is here. I had a lot of videos in the PowerPoint. I have removed those from this web version of the PowerPoint and replaced them with hyperlinks to the vlog posts. I am including direct links below for reference.

    List of video blog posts from presentation:

    Assignments

    Due March 12

    Find a vlog (also called a video blog)
    Find a video blog
    and post the URL of the vlog. Tell the class what the channel is about, if the vlog appears active and how many episodes are on the vlog. Label your post “This is a vlog.”

    What is a video blog?

    • A vlog is a blog with posts that contain video and uses the structure of the blog as its content management system.
    • A vlog is not a movie on YouTube or Blip or a video anywhere else, or a Youtube or Blip channel. Typically the vlog contains both video and related text that puts the video in context.
    • A vlog is episodic and personal.
    • A vlog, like all blogs, is a channel in reverse chronological order.
    • A vlog usually allows comments and usually has an associated RSS feed.
    • Each episode on a vlog has a web accessible URL.
    • A vlog can often be converted into a video podcast.

    Lynda Assignment
    View iMovie HD 6 + iDVD 6 Essential Training, First Four Chapters and all the video segments in them. Here are the titles of those chapters:

    1. Getting Started
    2. Shooting Great Video
    3. iMovie ’06 Interface Essentials
    4. Importing Video

    Due Today, March 5

    • Read: “We the Media,” by Dan Gillmor
      • Please read The Introduction through the end of Chapter 3. This is up through page 65 in the printed O’Reilly edition of the Dan Gillmor book. Label this post “We the Media”
      • Do a post on this blog (or put a link on this blog to a post on your own blog) related to that reading indicating what the author said and why you agree or disagree with the author.