Welcome to the Coeur d'Alene Youth Workshop
Realizing Cultural and Community
through Internet Innovations in Native Communities
by Frank Odasz Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some interesting sites and resources
Native American Photographer specializing in hip-hop and grafetti art.http://www.myspace.com/brotherernie
A Web Tour of Interesting Sites with Free Web Site Instructions from www.tripod.com listed at the end.
Creating a web page with Netscape
Free blogs www.blogger.com/start/
Flipalbums for PC's, www.flipalbum.com (free 30 day downloads)
Alternative flipalbum www.nxtbook.com
Mac Flipalbums www.aquaminds.com
The Aboriginal Virtual Trade Show
KNET First Nations
Videos on the KNET Project http://smart.knet.ca/kuhkenah_flash.html
Short 6 minute preview of the Cedar to Silicone program
Alaskan Native Ecommerce and Cultural Resources
Free Collaborative Tools, Blogs, etc.
The Canadian First Nations "FIT (Fully Integrated Technologies) Communities"
http://lone-eagles.com/FIT.pdf (2 pages)
A great, but long, Nov. 2005 Canadian paper on use of broadband by indigenous peoples. Tony Belcourt, president of the Metis Nation, co-authored the document. We're working together on International Indigenous issues.
Aboriginal Voice - From Digital Divide to Digital Opportunity
http://knet.ca/documents/Aboriginal-Voices-Final-Report-Vol5_Doc_051122.pdf 33pages -
but the last three pages are a summary.
More Canadian First Nations innovations and links are at http://lone-eagles.com/canadian-links.htm
Google Earth - satellite images, maps, and flyovers.
Mapquest - free maps and directions
YouTube - Free video posting and viewing
A TEACHER'S TOUR OF YOUTUBE
Make amateur video work in the classroom. (www.edutopia.org/community/spiralnotebook/?p=150)
Related video: "Eager to Learn" (www.edutopia.org/1047)
Lone Eagle Resources
Alaskan Native Stories and Resources
Native Internet Guide (K12 resources)
Lone Eagle Update January-October 2006
Community Networking Hits Media Mainstream (Almost)--
And Makes Its Own News (4 pages)
"Reaching the Tipping Point for the New Generation of Community Networks"
http://lone-eagles.com/tipping-point.htm (9 pages)
Community Networking Best Practices and Global Citizenship:
A Knowledge Management Trend Report
See my two new articles at
Spring 2006 CTC articles
CTC VISTA Digest
Peer-to-Peer Social Networking; The Next Big Thing
Empowering Americans: CTC VISTAs in Community Networking
Past article: What is Community Networking; And Why You Should Care
http://www.comtechreview.org/fall-2005/000347.html Many related links are listed in the overall publication.
The Power of All of Us? — The eBay Lesson for Community Development
ORCA Outsourcing Readiness Capability Assessment
Special thanks to Nick and Bill Weems for expert friendly assistance installing Netscape, Quicktime, and Flipalbum software as well as connecting the webcams and headphones. This allowed the workshop to truly be unique in the amount of new skills we were able to cover.
I'd like to recommend you consider purchasing at least one copy of flipalbum, a 4x5 Wacom digital art tablet from www.wacom.com ($199 and it comes with art and photo manipulation software). A Yamaha musical keyboard www.musicansfriend.com and Cakewalk Home Studio software ($90 www.cakewalk.com ). A wide color plotter would allow producing poster sized high res. artwork. A few loaner digital cameras and video cameras along with Pinnacle video editing software would stimulate local creativity. Perhaps Gordon and Judy could conduct a beginners video workshop?
Consider leaving Quicktime and Netscape on the computers to allow video viewing and web page authoring. My hope is I'll be able to return to conduct a train the trainers program so your own trainers can help everyone acquire these new self-expression skills. Consider an electronic scrapbooking workshop for Adults.
Below is a summary of the workshop. Many resources demonstrated during the workshop are online at http://lone-eagles.com/workshop.htm I left print copies of my online Ecommerce lessons and other resources with Bill and Julie.
Since we had the lab all to ourselves on the second day, Gordon and Judy set up their video lighting stands and took lots of video. In order to complete the video however, it would be important to interview Valerie Fasthorse and others to capture the vision for the future for I.T. on the CDA Rez. Perhaps when you three get together next you can accomplish this?
FYI, on the second day we learned to make video movies using Windows Movie Maker (part of XP). We viewed demos of digital art tablets ( www.wacom.com ) and everyone who wanted to try one - got the opportunity. We had two musical keyboards with 100 voices and background styles.
Nov. 9-10 at the Coeur d'Alene tribal community I.T. center fifteen 6-8th grade youth
and their teacher participated in a workshop titled :
Realizing Cultural and Community Sustainability
through Internet Innovations in Native Communities
We began by asking
How many of you have a PC and Internet at home? (Most had both)
Your own laptop? Digital Camera? (No one had laptops, most had cameras)
Do you have an email account or know how to get one? Used listservs? (Everyone had email)
Have you ever created a web page? Can you save images? (No one had created web pages)
Create folders, move and copy files between folders (few had worked with folders)
Have you used blogs? MySpace? Youtube? (Most had not used blogs but had MySpace websites)
Have you created videos? (No one had, but everyone learned this during the workshop)
The purpose of the workshop was to develop as many new multimedia skills as possible, and the motivation to learn more.
We started by creating a folder on the desktop to store everything we?d be gathering and creating. We went to google, clicked on images, typed in a topic and from thousands of topical images saved a few favorites to the folder. We learned to make searches more specific by using quotes around specific phrases, using multiple keywords, and about the advanced search features listed under the help button.
We used Netscape composer (composer is a free web authoring program integrated into the Netscape Navigator browser in V. 7.0) to create a simple homepage with images, text, hyperlinks and a background. We then created secondary pages and inserted a homepage link to the second page and a second page link to the home page. We learned to place and size images and to add colored borders of any size. We went to animation factory to save and insert colorful animations from a library of 10,000 copyright free animations. The activity accomplished fully functional web sites saved to CD's with the option to continue to add any number of additional web pages.
Next, we used the flipalbum software (downloaded a free 30 day free trial from www.flipalbum.com ) and in three quick steps selected our folders and the software created an electronic scrapbook with all our images and animations. We then learned to add annotations, manipulate images, add bookmarks and edit our flipalbums. I demonstrated how Alaskan Native Elders were able to narrate their historical photos in Flipalbums - preserving their knowledge for future generations.
We viewed videos and model Indigenous Internet projects from Canada as listed on the workshop web tour pages. We visited www.YouTube.com (a teacher's tour of youtube is listed in the web tour)
Next, we used the webcams to create videos of ourselves and save them. And we used Windows Sound Recorder to save audio files as podcasts that could be added to our web pages along with our videos. We used Windows Movie Maker to connect video clips with special effects, transitions and text to produce our first mini-movies.
Next, we held a Web Raising and created free ecommerce web sites at tripod.com which can continue to be developed from any computer without a time restriction or cost. These web sites do not expire and have many tutorials and advanced features that allow them to become very serious ecommerce sites. Ron Ridesatthedoor has a site selling alfalfa as bunny food (bringing in $1000/month) www.sunroadsfarmory.com
Everyone reviewed multiple videos and links from the online workshop handout at http://lone-eagles.com/workshop.htm and saw presentations on musical keyboards, Home studio music software, digital art tablets, panorama images, native community web sites and innovative community technology projects and more.
At the end of each day, all creative works were saved on CDs to take home to show parents, siblings, and grandparents.
A video crew from American Indian IPTV was ready on the final day to record a summary of the day before with the Native Vision articulated
Recommended Questions to Ask Youth After the Workshop.
What would you advise tribal leaders to do regarding the future of the community I.T. center?
What type of training and new skills do you think are most important for the tribe?
What would you like to see in your future regarding new skills and preferred lifestyle?
What else would you like to add?