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Dear students, this one is more of a resource than a tool, but to keep things simple, I’ve included it in the series.

Moby has created a collection of music you can use in your project videos provided you keep things non-profit. The site is called Moby Gratis and is waiting for you here. Let me remind you that for your new media production adventures you can borrow a camera or other toys from Kai Mettler at the IRC.

Alternatively, you could go totally grass roots by using an Internet camera (the one you have for video chat). A simple way to do it would be to sign up for an account at Viddler, record your video by saving it directly on their site, then copy and embed the video on your site.

We already covered embedding media in class, but if you need some help, I’ll be happy to hear from you!

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So far we’ve learned how to feature videos from YouTube and Viddler on your sites. You can expand further the communication palette of your project by embedding PowerPoint presentations as well!

Go to SlideShare.com, sign up for a free acount, upload your presentation, copy the embed code (for wordpress.com), click the HTML text editor tab and paste it. Don’t forget to save your work 😉

Alternatively, you could find something that supports your text from thousands of other user-uploaded presentations and use it on your page or post. This is exactly what I did with the presentation bellow.

Happy embedding!

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Hello Waterfront Cities team!audacity -- sound editor

I hope midterm season has been treating you well. I’ve been keeping my fingers crossed for each and everyone of you!

Next session we’ll conquer the exciting realm of audio production. We’ll be learning how to use Audacity — arguably the world’s most popular opensource sound editor!

Please download and install Audacity for next session from the respective pages based on your operating system:

Thank you very much and best of luck with your projects!

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online storage and sharing with box.netBox.net is an online storage service, which you can also use to share files with your site visitors. Here’s how it works:

  • Step 1 — register for a free account (1GB storage space). You can do this by going to the “Sign Up for Box.net” area and selecting the “Lite” option from the “Select Account Type” drop-down menu. Click on the thumbnail image (on this page) to maximize the visual guide in your browser.
  • Step 2 — upload your files, enable the sharing option from your Box.net dashboard and create a widget.
  • Step 3 — embed it in you wordpress.com site using the box.net widget.

If you followed all instructions correctly, you should have a box with shared files just like the one called “Orientation” in the sidebar of this site!

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In this new series, I’ll introduce you to free/opensource software and web 2.0 services you can incorporate in your projects. You can search for “Tools of the Trade” posts in the “Resources” category.

ViddlerLet’s begin with Viddler. The video bellow is an excellent tutorial on the features of the service. To embed media from Viddler, click the “menu” button, select the “Embed” option from the menu above, choose “WordPress.com” and click “copy code.” Go to you WordPress editor, click “HTML” to the left of “Visual,” paste the code and hit the save button, which has been moved to the right in WordPress 2.5.

Best of luck!

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WordPress 2.5!. . . and our wordpress.com dashboards are sporting a brand new look! Some buttons are not where they used to be and other options offer expanded functionality — just the way it’s supposed to be in the world of new media!

Next lecture we’ll cover the important changes. I’ll bring you up to date on everything directly related to the success of your online projects.

In the meantime, if you just can’t wait to get going, here’s a piece called “10 Things You Need to Know About WordPress 2.5” by Aaron Brazel from Technosailor.

For those of you with a little bit more time on their hands, here’s a detailed description of the new 2.5 developments from the horse’s mouth, i.e., the folks at the wordpress.org blog 😉

Happy exploring!

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A reminder that the files listed bellow are waiting for you in the sidebar “Orientation” box!

  • Lecture Slides
  • Diversity Management and New Media
  • Example Proposal for New Media Diversity Tool
  • Information on Course Project and Evaluation Criteria
  • Jungle Book 2007

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