Welcome to Media Matters. We’ll be covering all things media here. With the season upon us, why not start with a little animation you can make of yourself at http://www.elfyourself.com/. I’ll attach a little DEN flash in the comment below. I saved it as an AVI file using SnagIt, a great screen capture (including video) program from http://www.techsmith.com/. The elf site gives you the chance to paste your face or someone else’s (like a kid) into the body of a dancing elf. You can add your own voice with mouth movements by using a phone—yet another use for cellphones in technology, for those of you following my passion on the subject. You send the URL to a friend, or using SnagIt–or SnapzPro on a Mac–capture it for your desktop or video iPod.
You have gathered that this blog covers any aspect of media. If you have questions, tips, or comments, please send them. To jump start things, in the next post I’ll share the sidebar chat comments from a DEN webinar– a fascinating little real-time blog post in itself about iPods, flash, and lots more. But until then, please let me know what would be valuable to discuss. I helped create http://www.kitzu.org/, and directed the nation’s oldest media festival for a decade or so http://mediafestival.org/, which means I know well that many of you know more than me, all of you know something no one else knows, and each of us can learn from each other–the very premise of the DEN!
I’m very happy the DEN offers the chance for the MediaMatters blog. I’ll put the AVI elf file below.Flash is a great way to create video, and the DEN is playing with the flash authoring system from Academy 1,2,3, which lets teachers build lessons or other media projects and post them directly to a URL. The DEN has built some which I’ll share next week. For now, in keeping with the holiday check out a secret announcement from codename D.B. that shows the power of the application while keeping a holiday-safe distance from, say, math. Gives you some ideas….?
Catch this one quick. I’m putting it up as an educational example for teachers. It was an internal explanation of what a White Elephant Gift exchange is. You don’t have to go through it all, but you’ll get the power and ease of the application on the tablet PC which we hope to open more broadly to teachers next year. And don’t forget the elf AVI below.