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Why These Tools?

  • Crowdsourced
  • aggregations of everything
  • self-policed
  • accounted and anonymous
  • rated
  • Evolution
  • Trust
  • life-changing?
  • corporate vs. nonprofit
  • owned vs. community
  • nature of media- video is very different from text/images
  • organic vs. planned
  • nature of visits: duration, objectives, 

Yeah, but why these?

This could be a discussion about any aggregation - at it's purest level a search engine is just an aggregator - but these tools have put more in one place than anywhere else- an except might be flickr for images (ranked 35th in world)


In simplest form, a user-built encyclopedia of the world, for the world. 
  • History/Origins
    • Jimmy Wales & Larry Sanger - started as Nupedia- little progress - wiki introduced as separate product in early 1991 - now 10 years old!
    • Wales' objectives: "Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. "
    • Wiki ("quick) + Encyclopedia = Wikipedia - idea came from 
    • Very quickly surpassed predecessor, and jumped to 20k articles.
    • Now part of non-profit wikimedia foundation, which also includes
    • The numbers are pretty remarkable
    • Well into top-ten most visited sites in world
  • Mechanics
    • wiki markup
    • talk/discussion
    • history
    • disambiguation
    • locking
    • monitoring
  • Funding
  • Ten things you may not know about Wikipedia

(see also Vimeo, TeacherTube, etc...)
In Simplest form, and aggregator of all the video content anybody cares to share
  • History/Origins
    • first videos on computer? Then on web? Then on youtube: at zoo (2005)
  • Mechanics - lots of big server farms - now owned by google
  • Funding - started out with investors, bought by google for > $1.6 B, ad-driven model
  • 2011 site was receiving more than three billion views per day.
  • 30 percent of videos accounted for 99 percent of views
  • Tools
    • Hardware
      • Webcams - Microsoft Lifecam Cinema or Studio ~ $70
      • Point and click cameras
      • Video cameras
      • Tripod, Snake arm, lamp stand
      • fancy mics, cheap mics
    • Yawcam - free easy video monitor 
    • Screencast-o-matic
    • Jing & Camtasia (free and not, from Techsmith)
    • Windows Media Encoder
    • Many others

Using YouTube to make tutorial videos:

Holy Grail - one video stream that includes:
  • Head & Shoulders shot
  • Audio thruout
  • Capture of the desktop
  • Capture of a drawing surface
    • whiteboard
    • digital drawing
  • Capture of physical desk surface (doccam)

  1. Install two webcams
    1. one facing you (the presenter)
    2. one pointing down at the desk
  2. Install Yawcam
  3. Copy executable, so you can run two at the same time
  4. Launch both copies of yawcam and pic each camera
  5. Open drawing application on computer, or put drawing surface on desk surface (i.e. whiteboard or notebook
  6. Open PowerPoint, or whatever applications you are demonstrating
  7. Run capture software (i.e. Jing or Screencastomatic).
  8. Record, and use Alt-tab to go between applications.

Useful Links

Mike Wesch's Anthropological Introduction to Youtube

Samples/Examples of things I've used:
Science experiments/demonstrations My kids did for me
  • - milk and food coloring
  • - liquid ice becoming solid
  • - flying flaming tea bag
  • - egg in a jar

Samples/Examples of things checked things in wikipedia:

  • Products - Predator drone
  • Companies - Tata? Cars and trucks?
  • People - richest man in world is Mexican/Lebanese
  • Actors & Movies - Monsters - shoestring budget alien movie made for $800,000interesting love story
  • Techniques -  meditation
  • Methodologies - MVC in software development
  • Events - Patria Disaster
  • Conflicts - Israeli/Palestinian Wall/Fence