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Multi-modal Workshop

Let's explore academia in the ship of the imagination!

Jonathan Bradley

on 28 April 2013

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A guide to technologies Multi-modal projects
for English 1010 Audio Graphics Websites Desktop Publishing Videos Why Valuable Resources Infographs: http://infogr.am/Time-Jonathan-Spent-Making-Examples/ Infogram Visual Resume: http://vizualize.me/jbradley Vizualize.me Possible Assignments Technologies Examples Voicemail
Recorded Notes
Profile Interview Audacity
http://www.wavosaur.com/ Voicemail: http://www.listmyfive.com/65a811c1/The-Top-Five-How-to-Leave-a-Professional-Voicemail-Message
Recorded Notes: http://www.transcription411.com/dictationsamples.htm
Profile Interview: http://www.npr.org/ Resources Audacity tutorial: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/manual-1.2/tutorials.html
Audacity tutorial: http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Category:Tutorial
Audacity tutorial: http://www.jou.ufl.edu/faculty/mmcadams/tutorials/audacity_1/audacity_tute_1.html
Wavosaur tutorial: http://www.wavosaur.com/tutorial.php Andrea Lunsford's Talk at Peck Series Transferability Ownership Value Possible Assignments Technologies Examples Resources GIMP tutorial:
GIMP tutorial:
GIMP tutorial: http://www.scottphotographics.com/40-best-gimp-tutorials-of-2010/
Inkscape tutorial: http://inkscapetutorials.wordpress.com/ GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) http://www.gimp.org/
http://inkscape.org/ http://infogr.am/ http://vizualize.me/ Possible Assignments Technologies Examples Resources Kompozer Tutorial:
HTML/CSS/Javascript resource: http://www.w3schools.com/
HTML/CSS/Javascript resource: http://htmldog.com/guides/
HTML/CSS/Javascript resource: http://www.htmlcodetutorial.com/ Kompozer:
PHP Designer 2007 Personal:
Komodo Edit: http://www.activestate.com/komodo-edit
Aptana Studio:
http://www.aptana.com/ Possible Assignments Technologies Examples Resources Windows Movie Maker tutorial: http://presentationsoft.about.com/od/moviemaker/a/mov_mak_beg.htm
Windows Movie Maker tutorial: http://etc.usf.edu/te_win/movies/windowsmm.html
Wax tutorial:
Wax tutorial: http://www.5min.com/Video/Advanced-WAX-20-Tutorial-97931787
Blender tutorial:
Blender tutorial:
http://www.blenderguru.com/ Windows Movie Maker: http://windows.microsoft.com/is-IS/windows-live/movie-maker-get-started
http://www.blender.org/ Possible Assignments Technologies Examples Resources Microsoft Word
Open Office:
http://www.scribus.net/canvas/Scribus Open Office Tutorial:
Scribus Tutorial:
Scribus Tutorial:
http://desktoppub.about.com/od/softwaretutorials/tp/Scribus-Tutorials.htm The following are resources to provide to students who are looking for software options to complete an assignment. Sourceforge.net: http://sourceforge.net/ Sourceforge is a site containing all open source projects. All the programs here are free, and most of them are of very good quality (sometimes better than those you pay hundres of dollars for). Students searching for free software that is capable of doing very specific tasks would do well to start here. Open Source Alternatives (OSAlt): http://www.osalt.com/ Like Sourceforge, OSAlt links to open source software, but it organizes it in respect to the program it replaces. Want a program that can do what Adobe Photoshop does but don't want to pay the high price, OSAlt will give you alternatives that are capable of producing the same kind of media but are free. Questions?
Comments? Commentary--> Audio Among free audio editing software, Audacity is definitely the best. It has numerous features present in expensive, professional software, and is constantly being improved upon as an open source project. The learning curve can be a bit difficult and requires a certain familiarity with audio terminology, but it is capable of most anything that you might need to do and can be enhanced with plug-ins.
Wavosaur, while not the powerhouse that Audacity is, is particularly good for small projects or quick fixes. The program doesn’t have to be installed in order to edit audio, which makes it a bit more accessible. It also supports VST plug-ins, which can be useful in creating effects for videos. Video Windows Movie Maker used to be somewhat useless, but in recent years it has improved greatly. It is a great program for beginners as it has an approachable interface, many of the controls will be familiar to Windows users, and it doesn’t require more technical knowledge of video editing. It, however, doesn’t have some of the more advanced features present in other programs like Wax.
Wax has a less visually appealing interface, but ultimately is a more versatile editing program. Wax is recommended for people who have done some video editing in the past and are somewhat familiar with the terminology. Wax could also be useful for students who aren’t as familiar with a Windows interface.
Finally, Blender is a 3D modeling program capable of creating art or videos (think Pixar movies). Blender is a fully featured program containing many of the same capabilities of software that costs hundreds of dollars. However, there are some warnings to be passed along here. This kind of work is time consuming, and creating even a very short video will take hours of work. The program also requires rendering software to be installed (generally a program called YafRay, but other options are also available for free) in order to actually produce an image or video. 3D rendering uses a lot of processing power, meaning a student will need a powerful computer to do it properly, and finally, the learning curve is steep. Any student attempting such a project should definitely check out the tutorials posted above. Graphics/Photo Manipulation GIMP is a free alternative to Adobe Photoshop. It contains many of the same features and abilities, although some of the very advanced features of Photoshop are not present here. Overall, for the average user it has more features than he or she will ever use. GIMP’s primary use is editing photos or artwork that already exists.
Inkscape is the equivalent of Adobe’s Illustrator. This is the program you would want to use if you need to create graphics from scratch and wish to do so in a digital medium. Like GIMP, this program has most of its Adobe counterpart’s features, excepting some of the most advanced ones. Some artistic talent is required to use this program effectively. Websites Both Komodo Edit and Aptana Studio are free programs in which to code websites. Both support multiple languages, such as HTML, CSS, and Javascript, and both have coding assist (inserts common code for you if you ask for it). The biggest difference between the programs is their layout, and students searching for such a program are encouraged to look at each program and decide which layout they prefer.
PageBreeze, however, while similar to the other two, is also a WYSIWYG editor (What You See Is What You Get). This type of coding program lets the user simply design the layout and automatically writes the code for the visual layout. While this type of program can be good for beginners, many times WYSIWYG editors make errors and don’t always produce a website properly. Any student considering creating a webpage is encouraged to at least familiarize themselves with HTML code (CSS would be very helpful as well) in order to be able to double check code. W3schools.com (link above) is a wonderful place to get information about webpage programming. Ads
Visual Resume
Infographic of data Online Portfolio
Profile of a Place
Website for a Cause
Informative Video Interview/Profile
How-to Video
Product Review Brochure
Product/Restaurant Review
Wiki Page A note on genre Ads: http://adsoftheworld.com/ Ads: http://www.creativeadawards.com/ Online Portfolios: http://www.onextrapixel.com/2011/05/19/55-inspiring-and-clever-online-portfolios/
Profile of a Place: http://www.nashville.com/
Website for a Cause: http://www.aspca.org/
Informative site: http://youarenotsosmart.com/ Interview:


Review: Brochures: http://smokingdesigners.com/clever-fancy-brochure-designs/
Newsletter: http://www.clever-pants.com/newsletter.html
Product Review: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/reviews/logitech_speaker_system_z623_review
Wiki Page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schrodingers_cat Lynda.com: http://www.lynda.com Lynda.com is an online repository of software tutorials. The site contains thousands of tutorials for both new and experienced users, both free and commercial software for PC and Mac. They are professionally conducted and very thorough. The site requires a subscription, but the university has a number of them for both students and faculty. Currently, students need to go to the Digital Media Studio in order to use it, but the librarians are currently trying to get funding in order to purchase a full campus subscription. I strongly recommend it.
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