We’ll be using a kaleidoscope of online tools and media to explore creativity this semester. Information about many of these tools is provided for you below.
Announcements via Twitter
In addition to being a networking tool for the course, announcements throughout the semester will be posted to the course Website on the right hand column via a Twitter feed. You can view announcements on this Website or by subscribing to the Twitter feed at: http://twitter.com/bookhenge If you need an application to follow your Tweet subscriptions, check out: http://tweeterapps.com There are lots of applications. A good one is: http://www.tweetdeck.com You may prefer to subscribe to a daily digest of tweets to the Bookhenge, the Daily Bookhenge
NCSU Libraries provides a great tool to help us determine how to cite our references correctly. It creates citations for you in APA or MLA format. To access the Citation Builder, go to http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/
citationbuilder/. There is a helpful video on this page and links to additional writing resources.
This is the main course Website for Creative Inquiry. You’ll be able to log in and add “Hanging Around: Events for Creatives” beginning the Second Session. See more detailed instructions on using WordPress.
Digital Media Lab
Special tools for creating media, including a greenscreen wall. See what’s available . . .
Diigo is a social bookmarking site that enables us to bookmark online resources to a single collection that we can all access and utilize. There are many special features like adding notes and highlighting but one of the handiest for me is the “twofer” function to bookmark and tweet at the same time. Your url is shortened automatically. Our Diigo Group is called “Create” and its open for membership. To join:
Google Apps at NCSU
We’ll use, of course, Google NCSU accounts, and also Google Drive. Google Drive works much like Dropbox and offers not only convenient ways to share files with others but is great if you use several computers. You can always have what you need in the Cloud. We’ll use Google Drive for our Reflective Assessment Process. In Session 2, you’ll receive a folder in your NCSU Google Drive with all of the rubrics for projects to come. These folders are personal and only shared by you and me.
NCSU Office of Information Technology (OIT) has a wealth of information available, including free antivirus software for students, information on setting up your free www space, and managing your file space on AFS to check and reallocate space to different uses.
Lynda.com offers hundreds of tutorials for purchase. There is no need to purchase any tutorials for this course, but you may want to check this site out for future endeavors. Go to http://www.lynda.com to learn about subscriptions and a free trial period. Titles that might be helpful: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals Typographic Principles
Media Resources for Design, D. H. Hill and COE’s Media Center
Check out D.H. Hill for media resources including DVDs of tutorials, sound effects, stock images, and digital tools and equipment that you can borrow. The College of Education’s Media Center on 4th floor in Poe also has digital equipment you can borrow, including Flip Video Cameras.
Many distance education courses at NC State are fully taught in Moodle. Many face-to-face courses use it as well! Moodle is a Learning Management System (LMS) that includes tools such as discussion boards, wiki’s, forums, calendars, etc.. We will only use Moodle as a launch pad where you will sign the Waiver and Consent agreement and then be on your way. To log into Moodle, go to the link below and log in with your Unity ID and Password. To access Moodle go to: http://moodle.wolfware.ncsu.edu
We’ll use Paper.li to publish a daily digest of our tweets to #bookhenge. The resulting newspaper is called The Daily Bookhenge. To subscribe, click on the image below and then the green Subscribe button on top right.
Royalty Free Images and Sounds
Be sure and familiarize yourself with the Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons section of the Syllabus. Your first choice should always be to produce your own images, sounds, and music but for remixing you may want to have a handy collection of online resources up your sleeve. Check out the Royalty Free Images, Sounds, and Music Tutorial for some recommended resources.
For online resources curated in a visually-appealing format . . . check out our Creative Inquiry ScoopIt.
We will be using Second Life for our Studio Times. You will need to create an avatar to use for this purpose (if you don’t already have one). Second Life is a free virtual world application. Go to: http://secondlife.com You can create your permanent name and then choose aliases later but it’s important to make your permanent name one you’ll be happy with in the long term. Be sure to use capital letters where you’d like them. Once you set up your avatar, you can download the free Second Life browser. Make sure you add the Second Life browser icon to your desktop or launcher — you will log in here. No need to work through the Second Life Orientation — I will teach you the few things you need to know and be able to do during our first 1:1 conference. When you schedule your conference, be sure and let me know your Second Life name. Then I’ll meet you for our conference in the Bookhenge (link will work once SL browser is installed). You can learn more in the Course Second Life Tutorial.
Symbaloo is a visual bookmarking system that enables you to create “Webmixes” or “slides” with clickable icons for related resources. I’ve created a Course Webmix that I’m adding to as I work through the course and you can add it to your Symbaloo Webmix collection. Add to, delete, whatever makes it more handy for you.
Virtual Computing Lab
The campus’s Virtual Computing Lab offers a wide range of software applications that NC State students can use for free. Among those available are a few that you may choose to learn this semester. For example, you’ll have the option to use the free GIMP or Adobe PhotoShop (see Adobe CS 5.5. — CS for Creative Suite) which is costly but you can use for free thanks to the Virtual Computing Lab. This works by remote desktop, which means you will be running the software through your machine on a computer on campus over the Internet, so it won’t be as fast as you might wish or need. In addition, they only have 10 licenses, so you shouldn’t rely on this as your only option for accessing the software. These applications are on Windows machines, so if you’re on a Mac you should download the Microsoft Remote Desktop client for Mac. For Windows users, download the Windows client. The Virtual Computing Lab requires an advance reservation, however you can establish it immediately. Once you establish your connection it will provide you with the information you need for the remote desktop client. For help with the VCL, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be using VoiceThread this semester as a means to provide voice-based critique on one or more project assignments. You will need a microphone for your computer to use VoiceThread. If you do not own one, or if your computer does not have one built-in, a microphone can be purchased from the NCSU bookstore for under $20. You will need to create a VoiceThread account in order to record on these posts. To create a VoiceThread account go to: http://voicethread.com Having trouble figuring out how to use VoiceThread? Download a tutorial!
Our Course Site is built from a WordPress blog. You’ll create your own blogs that will serve as portfolios of your work this semester. You’ll create your blog at WordPress.com If you already have a WordPress blog, then you’re a step ahead. To learn more about how we’ll use blogging in the course, check out the Conversational, Multimedia Blogging Guide. I’ve also listed some handy tutorials on setting up your blog and learning to do important things like adding images and how to add attributions.