It was great to guest lecture for Ryan’s Tuesday class. We learned to use Imgur.com’s Youtube Video to GIF tool, which is really easy to use and creates pretty good quality GIFs. LET’S DANCE I KNOW HOW TO GIF!!!
I also moved quickly through a stop motion animation to GIF exercise. This screencast teaches you how to use Photoshop to import a sequence of images and convert them into animated GIF. Try it out with any set of images, whether for stop motion or to create a GIF collage. Here’s what I made:
In my Thursday class I made another tutorial which describes how to make timing edits to an existing GIF. Check out a couple of these GIF remixes made in class:
Also, we saw limited response in student posts about how many digital storytelling projects should be done as part of our co-creation of the syllabus process. So I made a Poll in a Google Form. Please fill it out if you haven’t already.
Finally, Ryan and I have our first reading (a documentary actually) that relates to web culture for you to consider and respond to, The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
Swartz played a huge role in the way people think about and use the world wide web. As a precocious teenage programmer he helped develop RSS which is used ubiquitously to feed web content from site to site; we use in this blog to generate feeds of posts. He created the site to implement the copyright alternative ‘creative commons’ licensing. And he founded the online group Demand Progress, known for its campaign against the Stop Online Piracy Act. But tragically at the age of 26, Swartz committed suicide while under federal indictment for data theft.
Watch the film and find something about Swartz or the web in general you found particularly meaningful, and how it was important to the future of the web and/or web culture. In a post, describe this interesting ‘nugget’ and tell us why you feel it’s important. See if you can use that piece of information discovered and lead us to a related story, post, and or piece somewhere else online. Share some thoughts about that additional discovery. And finally feel free to create/discover a piece of media and embed it in your post. If you make something that can count as a digital storytelling project too! 😉