iBooks Author & the Post-Website World

I just finished taking an extensive tutorial on the Apple product iBooks Author and it really got me thinking about the post website world. What I mean is that Apple has been trying for decades to create the right combination of tools to enable their users to unleash their creativity on the world. Among other problems, the chief conduit of sharing this creativity has been a mode of communication that was primarily designed to make it possible for scholars to access each others’ papers. In other words, from its inception, the Internet has a narrow set of tools meant to share text or highly compressed versions of other media. It’s remarkable how much can be shared via such small pipes and such non-artist-friendly tools. Apple’s last tool, iWeb, attempted to bridge the kind of page-layout tools used for magazines and graphic design with the limitations of html and the Internet. But as easy as these tools were to use I think Apple discovered that everyone did want to take pictures and make videos, but no one wanted to go through the hassle of putting up a website to post their creative works. But what could not be controlled on the Internet was quite a different thing if one were to use tablets, specifically iPads, as the means of sharing… But, realistically, we’re still dealing with more hassle than most are willing to deal with. I don’t think Apple cares about that or is under any delusion that the vast majority of wanna-be photographers or videographers are going to rush to iBooks Author to share their works. I think that tools like iPhoto and iMovie and the iPhone and iPad will continue to serve the needs of folks who just want to whip out the pictures from the weekend trip or videos from the vacation and YouTube and Facebook will continue to be the easiest way to share one’s work with friends and family. But what happens when one wants to create something more than snapshots from the weekend or something more involved than a 90-second video of the baby dancing? I know this problem well.

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Video Fridays: Crash Course World History

The Agricultural Revolution: Crash Course World History #1 When contemplating activities that might enrich ones life or existence one generally will not find “watching videos on YouTube” on the list. When public schools began to offer Internet access on campus … Continue reading Video Fridays: Crash Course World History

Teaching Is a Not Paint-by-Numbers Thing

I remember telling a relative that I’d gotten a new position at my school setting the school’s network, supporting the staff as they adjusted to all the new technology and teaching my video-journalism students and because this didn’t sound like a traditional teaching position she said blankly, “Oh, so, you’re not a teacher anymore.” And that wasn’t said as a question, but as a statement. Every profession has its own special challenges, but it seems like teaching or being a teacher is just something unfathomable to the general public. Also, because everyone is exposed to the public school system on some level we all feel like we know what goes on and what it takes (generally what little it takes) to be a teacher, beginning with the disparaging saying, “those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach.”

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Video Tuesdays: Malala Day At UN: Teen Activist Shot By Taliban UN Speech

In the wake of the recent madness with all sides lobbing more hate and cries for justice this 16-year-old survivor of a Taliban attack challenged the world in her address to the UN: “One child, one teacher, one book and … Continue reading Video Tuesdays: Malala Day At UN: Teen Activist Shot By Taliban UN Speech

Video Mondays: Apple – Making a difference, one app at a time

It was probably the middle of the night when this video crossed my streams. I knew that it was too long to be a TV commercial and was probably created by Apple for their recent WWDC event. Apple certainly knows how to tell a beautiful story or in this case, beautiful stories. Monday’s WWDC keynote began with an infographic-style video strongly sharing the message about focus and this is why we do what we do. It’s not about selling the most or having the shiniest new tech toy. It was a Steve Jobs maxim that the secret to success was to always stay focused and to say no to all of the noises that would distract one from ones goal(s). That’s how one makes a difference, by staying focused and committed to ones vision.

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