Wednesday, August 12. 2009
Getting ready for the fall semester? You might want to avoid breaking any copyright laws by checking out the Baruch College's interactive guide to using multimedia in courses.
It has some computer animation where you follow a NYC-styled “Copyright Metro” to determine what materials can be used in courses legally. Choose the right metro line (easier than the real NYC system) depending on if how the materials will be used - face-to-face or online - or if you actually have copyright-holder permission to use the material.
More information online:
at Reed College
University of Maryland University College
Tuesday, July 28. 2009
NewsVoyager.com is a "newspaper portal" to newspaper sites around the world. NewsVoyager.com provides links to U.S. daily and weekly newspaper home pages and sections, Canadian and international daily newspapers, newspaper groups, associations and other media organizations. I found 61 daily and weekly papers here in New Jersey.
They also provide a link to other sites with links to college newspapers and newspaper archives. This site is a service of the Newspaper Association of America, a nonprofit organization representing the newspaper industry and more than 2,000 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada.
Monday, June 22. 2009
Newsweek and Time magazines have both decided to stop trying to compete with "new media" to be the first with news, and to focus on being where you turn for in-depth commentary and reporting.
I think it is a good move, but it may have come a few years too late. Both newsweeklies are hoping to avoid what U.S. News & World Report decided to do - give up with the idea of being a weekly publication entirely.
Newsweek has a circulation of about 2.7 million and expects to drop to almost 50% of that. It was at 3.5 million in 1988. Time’s circulation back then was almost 5 million, and it is now at 3.4 million.
Competition from other media, particularly online, and significant ad losses (down 20% for the first quarter of 2009 compared with the same period in 2008) in the magazine world parallels the problems in the newspaper industry.
Condé Nast's overly glossy business magazine, Portfolio, bit the dust with the May 09 issue. Its venerable old lady, Vogue, lost 30+% of its ad pages this year. (Though you might suspect that Teen Vogue would go first, if, in fact, teens are not print readers.) Even poor old Mad magazine, now part of DC Comics, has gone quarterly. And several magazines have given up on print editions but maintained a web presence. Portfolio, for example, still has a site as of now.
Wednesday, June 3. 2009
TeacherTube, a YouTube for teacher videos, is something I wrote about back in 2007 when it launched. Now, like YouTube, they are offering TeacherTube MySite which is a co-branded version of TeacherTube for your school's (K-12 school, college, university or organization) media content.
Typically, schools will upload class videos, school documents, or audio recordings. The school gets a lot of admininstrative controls. You decide what to remove, approve, add, upload.
Of course, it doesn't have to be for the entire school - it could be a showcase for the media of your class or organization in a safe setting. You can allow staff or students to upload media to your site to expand it. You can also customize the look & feel of your site using their designs, adding a background or uploading a logo. You will also have the choice of your own personalized site URL.
It has some privacy and security settings, so you can make your site as visible or as hidden as you want. A personalized MySite will contain no ads. And you can choose to moderate everything on your site - approve members, videos, or comments.
Here's the big BUT - it is not a free service. They have several pricing plans. One option allows you to add more than 20 members/users for just $5 per user with unlimited public views for a year.
I liked the original idea of TeacherTube - teachers uploading videos they created for other teachers to use. I like the idea of allowing schools or teachers to create their own branded site-within-a-site for their content. I have done that with a channel on YouTube for students in my grad course. It's easy and convenient. It's also free. PLus, the YouTube EDU area offers many of the same features. So, I have my doubts about the viability of the "business model" for TeacherTube MySites when there are places to host your branded content without fees.
Wednesday, May 20. 2009
I did a session this week for faculty about using video as a pre-writing activity. I'm starting to think of video - especially when it is segmented into clips about specific things - as very similar to using readings.
Thursday, March 26. 2009
YouTube EDU (as in http://www.youtube.com/edu - it's not a .edu site, thank goodness) launched today.
It is called on the YouTube blog an educational hub - a “volunteer project sparked by a group of employees who wanted to find a better way to collect and highlight all the great educational content being uploaded to YouTube by colleges and universities.”
Right now, the site is aggregating videos from existing college and university content - lectures, student films, athletic events.
Wednesday, February 25. 2009
A relevant followup to my post about the demise of the Ruckus music service is this webinar from EDUCAUSE Live!
Choruss: A New Business Model for Digital Music with Jim Griffin, President
Per-copy charges for music and other intellectual property made sense when copies were physical objects, but that business model is ill-suited to the digital world. The mismatch has led to thousands of lawsuits against students and other consumers, tens of thousands of infringement notices sent to campuses and commercial ISPs, and millions of wasted person-hours dealing with these issues. Recently an alternate approach has been gaining momentum: voluntary collective licensing.The event is free, but registration is required and virtual seating is limited. REGISTER NOW.
Early reports on the service say that a small music-royalty fee would be into tuition payments from students. This model could be expanded to make ISPs the collector of these micropayments. Payment for the use of music is probably the greatest obstacle to satisfying the music industry and its customers.
EDUCAUSE Live! is a series of free, hour-long interactive web seminars on critical information technology topics in higher education. Each seminar is delivered live using online audio and video/image presentation technology, allowing you to interact directly with the host and guests through your web browser. Because enrollment in each live seminar is limited, register early. If a seminar you’re interested in is either filled or scheduled for an inconvenient time, you can access the seminar afterward in the EDUCAUSE Live! archives, where you’ll find recordings of all past seminars.
Tuesday, February 24. 2009
Lately, I have surprised myself by watching more television programs online. As a long time film buff and child of television, I like a big screen. I decried watching video on small devices like mobile devices. Lawrence of Arabia on an iPhone? Ridiculous.
My son gave me the first two seasons of 30 Rock on DVD for Christmas. He was surprised that I had never watched it and just knew I would like it. He was right. I have consuming episodes in small portions (not a 30 Rock marathon weekend which is just more of what is wrong with American consumption). I had avoided watching the current season because I wanted to catch up in the story arcs. Then I discovered that new episodes are available on Hulu.com.
What Hulu offers won't be a substitute for those DVDs, and it can only include "up to five trailing episodes of the current season for a limited time." What I'm using the service for is catching up on missed episodes. If I was more media-crazed at home, I could set things up to show them on a bigger screen than my laptop, but I have surprised myself. I'm okay with watching it on the laptop. 30 Rock is not Lawrence of Arabia and that's part of it.
Hulu also offers other shows past and present. I can even set up a queue that will save and remind me of episodes that are available. So, there's House and Fringe, but I also found classics that I loved like The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show, and shows that might not be classics but that I'm curious to revisit (Night Gallery and Time Tunnel) or that people keep telling me to try (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia).
Hulu also offers clips and other content (like tonight's first address to Congress by President Obama) and I can also embed many of the offerings.
TV.com is another big site. Hulu.com recently pulled its videos from TV.com and is removing their content from another site called Boxee. CNet owns TV.com and it was pretty boring when I first looked at it. But CBS bought CNet last year, and the site is turning into a Hulu type of video portal.
So, Hulu was early to start and seems to have more streaming videos from more shows, but the competitors are lining up. TV.com seems to be moving towards more emphasis on the social aspects of watching online videos as a way to distinguish their service. Of course, networks also offer some of this content on their own sites.
There is money to be made through advertising, though it certainly isn't what these networks are used to getting. According to AdAge, TV.com was getting 10% of the ad revenue from views that originated from TV.com and can probably negotiate its own content deals now.
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