I was asked to teach a class this year that I had done last year. The professor wants to have the students take photos and video for a group project. Last year, I showed them Glossom, which I still believe has some great features. This year though, I thought perhaps I should use Behance since that is the way Adobe is going. I’d played with Behance briefly last year and didn’t like the features (or lack there of , I should say), so I went back to get a more in depth view of it.
After a few hours of playing with it I knew I couldn’t possibly promote this to a class of students. Behance is designed for users to promote and sell their work. And there’s nothing wrong with that per se, but for a class of students working on a project, it’s just not appropriate mostly because of it’s lack of group features. In Behance your photos are either completely public to the world, or private only to the user. Their is no privacy function for sharing any images with just a small group of people. I was willing to overlook their terrible portfolio formatting (one long scroll of photo with no way to put two side-by-side), but the lack of group work was a deal breaker. In other words, Behance was made for the professional, not really with education in mind. Which is kind of shame since I’ll have Adobe CC in my lab soon, but still no easy solution to the student portfolio question.
So this year I’m just going to recommend Flickr. Despite Glossom having amazing features, Flickr is still better known and has it’s own useful features. Here is a bullet list of why I’ve decided on the Yahoo program. Glossom does have some of these features, but I think my tipping point was really the ability for the Flickr app to upload pictures into the account. Glossom should think about improving their mobile app.
- Group Settings
- Privacy Settings
- User retains rights
- Mobile app
- Optional Creative Common settings
- Good Metadata options
- Knows what type of camera was used for pic
- Easy to use
- connects to social media
- Commenting feature
- Large storage space
- ability to upload video
Someone showed me a video tutorial and asked me “ok, so how did they do that?” Well, I can guess, but using the tools we have available readily, I made something that looks identical.
Here is a screen capture using Kaltura through Blackboard. I set up templates using Illustrator and PhotoShop and then I wrote into the program using a Bamboo writing tablet.
The tablet is difficult to control and I spent a couple of hours laughing at myself at how badly I was at controlling it. However, we have at least 1 digital artist who can work the thing like she was doing a commercial for the brand. If you watch the video you’ll wonder “why didn’t she use shapes?” And the answer is I am pretty bad at Illustrator.
With practice, I think this could be a viable solution. But, I say not bad for something I had to set up and learn to work yesterday. There were about 7 tries before I got this clip. Overall, I think about 3 hours to make it but that includes the learning curve. If I made more I bet I could get the hang of it and do them pretty quick.
Materials: Adobe Illustrator CS5, Wacom Bamboo writing tablet CTH-670, Labtec headset, Windows 7, Kaltura
CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO. You could watch the embed video here if WordPress wasn’t trying to annoy everyone by making videos impossible to embed from anything other than youtube and vimeo. I’m going to have to start testing Blogger.
Infogr.am is useful, but only allows downloading of the graphs if you have the paid account. However, I can share the graphs on social sharing websites like Facebook. I can also get an embed code, but it is an iframe code. And wordpress treats iframe codes as if they had anthrax. It would be best for me then to find a different infographic system that allows for download or for a link I can actually embed into this blog.
There are a few guides online on how to embed Prezi into WordPress.com after more recent upgrades to WordPress. I’m going to include some links below, but I haven’t to be able to make anything work. I manage to have the Prezi appear, but it won’t play beyond the first slide. I tried a few variations, but not a different browser.
Digital Media Lab – my prezi I tried to embed
embedding prezi to my blog (forum post)
Test post from Flickr. This is not my Flickr account. I clicked on the Share button in their Set and then by adding in my website address and logging in, Flickr created a post in my blog with thumbnails from the Flickr set. The title of this blog post was the title of the Set from Flickr, but I changed it myself by going into WordPress.
On my personal website I use the Flickr photostream widget that displays the most recent upload. However, this is a good way to bring in other images.
For Instagram , wordpress has a widget (widgets are in dashboard under “Appearance”) so you can place a stream from Instagram on a sidebar or footer area. The embed and URL options don’t seem to actually work in the WordPress blog.
This is a test post as an Editor to the website. I can upload images. I can also add categories and tags. There’s very little I can’t do. But since Author is the next level below this one but can’t access the Pages section, I guess Editor will have to do and everyone will have to be on the honor system.
Deep Thought, Hitchhicker’s Guide to the Galaxy