Posts Tagged ‘eduaction’

What Is Multimedia?

Multimedia is basically explained within the word.  It’s using a number of different formats or media to convey your message.  It’s not a new thing and has been going on since writing was first created.  The only difference now is that the number of types of media are greatly increased as is the ease with which you can embed them in your blog to help get your message across.  The multimedia we are going to look at today are the six at the top of this page

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Add Image:  This is as it sounds you can add photos or pictures from any of these types of files (jpg, jpeg, png, gif, pdf, doc, ppt, odt, pptx, docx, pps, ppsx, xls, xlsx). You can also add a direct link from a URL.

Add Video: Again the name is fairly self explanatory upload videos that are saved as any of these files (jpg, jpeg, png, gif, pdf, doc, ppt, odt, pptx, docx, pps, ppsx, xls, xlsx) or add a link to a URL.  The function comes with direct links to most of the major sources of video (Vimeo, DailyMotion, Google, YouTube).  If you are uploading from your computer there is a 1GB limit on your upload.

Add Audio: Exactly the same as with pictures and videos only for sounds.  What I will add to this however, is that just recently I have seen some schools doing some really nice things, recording students explaining why they have been rewarded or just celebrating their good work.

Add Media:  This allows you to upload a variety of documents, such as word or pdf documents that you can then add a link to in your blog and readers will be able to view your work.

Add Poll:  Polls are a quick and simple way to gather information from your readers.  I have added a couple of polls to this blog to show you the kind of thing you can do.

Add Custom Form: This allows you to gather information and feedback from readers.   By adding a contact form your readers will be able to submit feedback to you. All feedback is automatically scanned for spam, and the legitimate feedback will be emailed to you.

Remember when you are adding any multimedia content you need to make sure you don’t break any copyright laws.  I am not going to give any advice on this as I am a teacher not a lawyer and I don’t want to give you duff information.  The links below will give you some advice however and some useful tips for solving copyright issues.

Creative Commons Explained

How To Add Multi Media.

First of all you need to choose the type of multimedia you want to add, whether it’s a video, a picture a sound file or one of the others. The process is fairly similar for each of them so once you can do one you should, without too much difficulty, be able to add any of them.

Term of the Week

Creative Commons: Creative Commons is a type of copyright licence that allows some use of another person’s work.  However, there are different versions of the licence so make sure you understand the different aspects first.  Below are links to a couple of search engines that specifically search for materials published under Creative Commons licence.

CC Search
Flickr CC

For a much more extensive list check out Mark Pegrum’s Wiki on E-Language.  E-Language Wiki

Choosing a Platform

There are many different free blog providers out there.  WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Posterous to name but a few.  All of these are basically platforms that allow you to post a blog.  For the purpose of this project I am going to stick with WordPress.  The link below will give you a blog software overview and as you will see WordPress scores highly in most of the areas we need.  The main reason I chose WordPress though is that a number of other blogs I have looked at seemed to use this platform.

http://blog-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

Getting Started

The first thing you need to do is go to the website and create an account by following the onscreen prompts from this web address https://en.wordpress.com/signup/ .  You might have to be a little imaginative with your blog address as unfortunately first choices have usually been taken.  Once you have found a free name choose which type of blog you want.  I always opt for the free option however, if you wish you can pay to change the address people will type into the web to find you.  You also have the option to change your language, and security settings.  Don’t worry you can go back and change these at anytime.  Once you have done what you need to, and carefully studied the terms and conditions hit create blog then click on the link to your dashboard and you are ready to start blogging.

“please write down you user name and password some where that is easy to locate.  My biggest problem has been moving between different computers and remember my user name and password”

Below is a YouTube video about how to use WordPress it is rather long and rather dry.  Don’t feel you need to watch it as over the next few blogs we will be looking at ways of creating a fun and engaging blog for your needs.  There is also a short 2 minute video provided when you first log into WordPress.

Make sure you record the URL of your blog down and your blog password so you can get back into it in the future.  Most computers ask if you want to remember the password but it’s always a good idea to have it somewhere so you can access the blog from different machines.

Learn To Blog

Term Of The Week

URL. A URL or uniform source locator is basically a posh way od saying a web address.  A URL is the address you type in when going to a webpage.  If you want to find a specific web page you must type the address/URL in exactly.

Question Of The Week

Have you seen, or do you know a teacher that uses blogs effectively in their classroom?  If so can you post a link to their blog or say why you think it’s a good blog?

Examples Of Blogs

Not all the examples of blogs will be from schools.  but I figured not all of you will be using this process to write a blog for school.  Please take a look at some of the features and methods people have used to individualise their blogs.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/07/education-needs-a-digital-age-upgrade/?src=tp

http://jacksloan.creativeblogs.net/

http://educationaltech-med.blogspot.com/2011/01/21st-century-skills-teachers-should.html

http://abigail.heathfieldcps.net/2011/07/06/news-trophy-and-thankyou/