Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wikis!

Today in my Foundations of English for New Media course we are talking about Wiki's and we'll look at how to create one as a way to share work.

Google documents are another way to share, and there are many others you can use, sharing Dropbox files, for example.

But the real kicker with wikis is how they keep track of all the edits on the pages and who edits them.

There are plenty of wiki providers out there, free and easy to use.  There's a list here: Tech&Learning.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Animated Text

Nothing too hard about animating text with some of the web tools out there.  Here you go.  They're not movie files but gifs generated by online tools.  This first one is made at FlashVortex.com.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

China Sings about Internet Censorship

China's battle over who's got access to what online takes a twist with a choral rendition of the case for internet censorship.
The song's chorus makes it clear that what's online reflects all of China:
An Internet power — Where there is Internet, there are glory and dreams.
 An Internet power — From the distant cosmos to the homes that we miss.
 An Internet power — Telling the world that the Chinese Dream is lifting up China.
 An Internet power — Each individual represents the whole nation.
Translations and story courtesy of ProPublica.  

Monday, February 9, 2015

Touching upon the Twitterverse

We're talking today about Twitter today in Foundations, and we're off to a pretty good start, except that because I'm not such a big user of Twitter, and some of my students are, I defer to others as a way of describing the appeal.

Frankly, I don't quite get the idea--I see it as a way of unleashing a firehose of information at myself, stepping into an theater where I'm in the crowd along with everyone else and we're all actors on the same level.  It seems like a madhouse, like having lots of little radio stations playing at once with each of them having very little to say or making reference to other things that also have very little to say.

So, I'm interested in what the appeal is.  Of course, I can see the appeal for someone who's got a lot to say and wants to create a conduit to a lot of people.

I can also see the value of hashtags, a way of accumulating the statements and views of a lot of people on a subject.

On the other hand, Left Shark.