The Digital Academy: The Power of Audio

It’s funny: we can create images and video, and even animation, so much more easily than we used to, yet it’s now that we’re turning back to the power of pure audio. Below are two examples of games that are using audio instead of video to evoke a sense of mission and place. Rather than try to build something that looks immersive, these games let your imagination to that part.

The Nightjar is an entirely audio-based iOS game narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch. In it, you are abandoned in a failing space station and need to find your way to safety.

Put your earphones on and listen:

Another approach is Zombies, Run! This game also employs only audio, but it’s relying on a far more higher resolution image than they can produce: the real world. Zombies, Run! is a running app. You switch it on when you’re going for a run, and Zombies, Run! provides the motivation. The app pays attention to how fast you’re going and provides feedback based on that. It turns a run into an escape from zombies. Using pure audio and some data from its whereabouts, app makers are using the real world as their interface, overlaying information on top of it through audio.

Are there ways we can use audio? Can we overlay audio information on the library, or campus? On the stacks?

The Digital Academy: Record your Reflections

  1. Scan through your reflections and thoughts about the tools we’ve explored during the first two days of this workshop, and the prework for today.
  2. Choose three ideas you’d like to share. Focus on ideas for ways you can use these tools in your work. Feel free to include ways to use these tools if they were slightly different.
  3. Using  Quicktime, make an audio recording of yourself reading (or paraphrasing) these ideas. Record a separate file for each idea.
  4. Give each audio recording a descriptive file name including your name so we can easily see what it’s about.
  5. Upload your files to this Box folder.

Keener Task #1: Pixlr


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Yes, you are a keener. Be proud! All the best people are keeners! Since you’re done with everything else, try this:

  1. Go to pixlr.
  2. Create a picture. You can either a) take one with your webcam, or b) head over to your instagram account and take a screenshot of one of your photos.
  3. Modify your photo. Check out the overlays and stickers, and of course the effects. Make a collage!
  4. When you’re done, download your modified image(s).
  5. Upload them to your blog.
  6. Tweet your photos using the hashtag #digitalacademy!

The Digital Academy: Video Editing

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There’s lots of fancy and expensive software you can use to edit video. Oftentimes, the many steps and $$$ required excludes a lot of people. But there are video editing tools that are available to anyone with a computer and an internet connection. Like youtube!

Log into the google account listed on the sheet inside your envelope.

  1. Go to the Youtube video editor. (You can find it linked under the upload link.)
  2. Create a new video merging at least three of the videos you see listed in the youtube channel.
  3. Edit the videos you’ve chosen. You can trim the videos by dragging the left or the right side of them. You’ll need some buffer room on either side of them if you want to use transitions! It makes them overlap slightly.
  4. Add transitions, text, and/or other effects.
  5. If you want to, add a soundtrack.
  6. Put your name in the title of your video so you’ll be able to see which one’s yours!
  7. When you’re happy with your video, press the create video button.
  8. Embed your edited video on your blog. (How to)
  9. Tweet your video using the hashtag #digitalacademy!

The Digital Academy: Quicktime Screencast

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  1. Use Quicktime to create a screencast less than 1 minute long showing students how to do one thing on the website.
  2. Upload your screencast to youtube using the username and login on your card.
  3. Embed your screencast on your blog. (Here’s how.)
  4. Tweet your post using the hashtag #digitalacademy!

The Digital Academy, day 2: Youtube Slideshow

  1. Log into google using the username and password on your card.
  2. Go to the upload page.
  3. Click the “create” button under photo slideshow.
  4. Make a slideshow! Choose your own pictures, or anyone else’s pictures! Mix and Match! Pick a theme, if you want to! Or don’t! Pick a soundtrack!
  5. When you’re done, upload your slideshow. (This will take a few minutes.)
  6.  Embed your slideshow on your blog. (How to)
  7. Tweet a link to your slideshow blog post with the hashtag #digitalacademy!

The Digital Academy, Schedule, day 1

This week and next, I’m delivering a three day tech program for library staff called The Digital Academy. I’ve been using this blog to post a lot of the support materials for it, but I haven’t posted the entire thing. Here’s the pre-work and schedule for day one, which focused on text. This is the generic version. Feel free to take and modify it!

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