The following web tour of community-building tools is a work in progress to support the CTC VISTA volunteers and others.
See also http://lone-eagles.com/toolbox.htm Please send your contributions to Frank Odasz Email: email@example.com
Today, Ebay, Yahoo, Amazon, Google and other large corporations are beginning to focus on providing localized services; free collaborative tools, (http://groups.yahoo.com) free ecommerce web sites (tripod.com), free resume-building with local job searches, (monster.com) local searches (google.com), local sales (froogle.com), local maps (mapquest.com), local classified ads (craigslist.com) local satellite images and GIS mapping tools(earth.google.com), and even local dating (eharmony.com).
The National Science Foundation offers free community networks with seven collaborative tools http://lone-eagles.com/inquiry.htm
Free Blogs (public web journals)
http://www.blogger.com and http://www.blogspot.com and http://typepad.com
One million articles donated as open knowledge http://wikipedia.orgWiki Tutorial http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Wiki_ScienceIf you really want a good understanding of wiki... Not just the how, but alot more.... go through the several pages of the wiki science section
Open Source Content Management Systems
http://www.drupal.org Sample site http://www.civicspace.org Drupal Distance learning www.drupaled.org
Plone Distance Learning
http://www.postnuke.org Sample site: http://lone-eagles.knet.ca KNET host details http://lone-eagles.com/indigenous_resources.htm
Moodle distance learning
http://moodle.org http://thinkingdistance.org/mission.htmlMoodle for distance education is free, open source and extraordinarily versatile for developing online courses. Colleagues who have used it more extensively love it. http://www.moodle.org It's free at the Literacy Tent.
Audio: Sound editors, podcastingCell phone pod casting article
http://www.gizmoproject.com,Has built-in audio recording capabilities.
Listen to an example of the call quality via a recording
Audacity Sound Editor
http://audacity.sourceforge.netA comprehensive guide to creating, recording, editing, and sharing music and other audio
http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/2005/07/20/garritan.html?page=last#musicDigital Audio Essentials
By Bruce Fries, Marty Fries Table of Contents Index Sample Chapter
Itunes has new podcasts in itunes 4.9.
http://del.icio.ussetting a "post to delicious" shortcut on the bookmarks toolbar on firefoxis recommended and is easy ... It makes it very simple to use, example
Sources of Community Media Expertise
http://techatlas.org/tools/techatlas helps nonprofits map out technology
The Communications Initiative
MIRA conclusions, stories, and evaluations http://www.onlinearc.com/mira/mira2/conclusions.htm
Tokyo inhabitants post photos which are mapped on a satellite image of the city.
You might need broadband for this. It loads slowly at first.
Gizmo.http://gizmoproject.com/It has a built in call recording feature, security features, uses a VoIPstandard called SIP, better sound quality, and is free.RSS readers
The free, web-based RSS newsreader bloglines is recommended
Recommended is sage which is a reader for firefox http://sage.mozdev.org/ and have been able to subscribe to feeds that aggregate news for topics as widely divergent as Renewable Energy, BBC news, Alaska Headline News, a host of science news, follow a former students blog on his adventure of the tip of South America to Antarctica, rugby, and more. A list of other readers can be found at http://blogspace.com/rss/readers . What I like about them is that you can quickly bring up a headline list with summary to determine if you want to visit it and the list stays with you as a sidebar until you change feeds.To extend what I know I have added both podcast and rss capabilities to a web site that I am developing for use in my classroom this coming year. It will reside as an intranet offering with some publication outside as appropriate. You can find the rss feed which will also lead you to the podcast (which I read as providing mp3 audio and/or video resources) at http://www.edulynx.com/mvsci/mvsci_rss.xml .As part of doing this I download and learned how to use the following tools to create the rss feed and "podcast"; Audacity sound editor <http://audacity.sourceforge.net/> , the Lame digital encoding plugin for Audacity, <http://www-users.york.ac.uk/~raa110/audacity/lame.html <http://www-users.york.ac.uk/%7Eraa110/audacity/lame.html>>, and FeedForAll an rss feed editor <http://www.feedforall.com/>.
From Andy Carvin http://www.andycarvin.com on Video Blogging (Vlogging)
Speaking of video blogging, http://MeFeedia.com has set up a simple way for podcasters and video bloggers to add a link to their blogs so that users can subscribe to their content using iTunes. In case you hadn't heard, the newest version of iTunes (www.apple.com/itunes) lets you subscribe to both podcasts and video blogs. Over the coming months, more and more people will be switching to this version of iTunes, which will make it worthwhile for podcasters/vloggers to add a one-click subscription link on their blogs.I've just posted a blog entry about how to do this:If you're a podcaster or vlogger, here's how to do it:Step 1: Go to http://mefeedia.com/add.php and add your RSS feed.Step 2: Mefeedia will then bring you to a page with several links on it. One of them will invite you to get an iTunes 1-click subscribe button on your blog. Click the link.Step 3: Mefeedia will show you some HTML code. Add it to your website, tweaking it if you like.And that's it. Once you've put it on your site, iTunes users who click the link will be able to have your audio or video sent directly to them and managed with the iTunes software.Model video-blogger: rynanne hodson, in new york, is doing work that is paving the wayfor the rest of us. see the quicktime file at the bottom ofand the video pieces on her blog athttp://ryanedit.blogspot.com/see also the national public radio story at
UK picture wall http://www.neukol.org.uk/media/whitby/view_items.phpOn 8/17/05, Lars Hasselblad Torres <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:Hi folks :: I have been working with an amazing group of people, JanetFeldman of ActALIVE and DDN included, to engage children and youth aroundthe world in expressing their "visual voice" on HIV/AIDS come world AIDS Day2005. So far, people in over a dozen countries have committed to convening"peace tiles" workshops where children will create collage tiles thatcapture their personal reflections on HIV/AIDS. More information atSo one of the things I'd really like to be able to create is a clickable"image" map, maybe something like www.mappr.com, through which users canaccess information and documentation about tiles workshops. This couldinclude facilitating introductions so that workshop communities can organizetheir own tile "swaps."lars http://devarts.orgEngaging visual artists to create a better worldWe've build a system where people can, essentially, email mp3's intoyour mp3 player. Users can either email the audio via a mp3attachment (email@example.com) or create it on our site using aflash recorder. I believe it is a good alternative to call in messages thatare often at the end of podcasts and a good alternative to regularemail if you are emailing mp3s. The site is also free.could be useful for people with only web access to start building audioblogs and podcasts. A very fast way to create audio emails, saving a hugehassle setting up MP3 conversion software.. All it needs is a mike andyou're in business.They store 250 MB free for each podcaster with upload facilities and apodcast aggregator.best regardstony mechinhttp://2bctnd.com - podcasting & broadcasting on demand services
Digital Story Telling appears to be the latest development in portable
video. Now that we can edit without cumbersome tape based editing
systems, the medium is liberated for lots of different kinds of people
(seniors in particular) to use. www.bbc.co.uk/wales/capturewales/ is a
good one to look at.
Also very interested in a site called
http://soundportraits.org . Good models....LGD
From lauren http://cctv.org100 Second Film Festival
http://100second.ltc.orgApril 9, 2005 - The 100 Second Film Festival is the festival foreverybody. It's so short that anybody can create a video andparticipate. There are no restrictions on theme or subject matter -whatever you have in mind - you can do it! Why participate? All theentries we receive will be published to the web as full quality videofiles and catalogued so that you can hand pick your own favorites and havea 100 Second Screening in your community. By using a Creative Commonslicense this festival can go anywhere - and through the power of theDigitalBicycle (http://www.digitalbicycle.org) it will. This project ofLowell Telecommunications, LTC, is truly a festival like no other - adynamic stream of content which is ever evolving, wherepublic access mingles with the avante garde and we want you to be a partof it. So get going!
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