In this on the wire update I am looking at a couple of brilliant resources for video.
1. Mediastorm – African Air – http://mediastorm.com/publication/african-air This is a seven minute mini documentary that looks at africa in its diversity from the air. the air part of this mostly from a powered paraglider. Its stunning and the mixture of still, moving images and interview show africa in its diversity and beauty. Its a great piece for stimulus material for humanities and the social sciences etc.
The other material produced by media storm is well worth looking at. There is a disclaimer weith this that some of the content is challenging and needs to be checked by the teacher prior to showing to students. The themes are very valid but orientated to an adult audience. - http://mediastorm.com/pub/projects
2. Commoncraft Show – Computer Viruses and threats in plain english – http://www.commoncraft.com/virus-video Another paper styled video from Lee leFever and the crew at Commoncraft. As their blurb suggests this video examines the threats to computer etc.
“This video explains computer viruses by comparing them to human viruses and focuses on the role of prevention in being protected. Major points include:
- A basic look at computer viruses as computer programs that can spread like a disease and can be prevented by anti-virus software.
- An introduction to worms, how they cause damage in networks and can be prevented by software updates.
- An introduciton to trojans, how they trick people into downloading a virus and how awareness is important for prevention.”
3. Resources about Youtube – Youtube has announced that it has a creative commons licience for material hosted on the site. This is great news for many of our students who will download and reuse content frequently. So here are some resources to help understand this and also youtube itself
- Creative Commons and Youtube – https://creativecommons.org/tag/youtube
- Youtube key events timeline -http://www.youtube.com/t/press_timeline
- Youtube press kit videos – http://www.youtube.com/t/press_b_roll
- Youtube statistics - http://www.youtube.com/t/press_statistics
Consider these facts froim the Youtube statistics page
- More than 13 million hours of video were uploaded during 2010, and 35 hours of video are uploaded every minute.
- The equivalent of 150,000+ full-length films in cinemas each week
- More video is uploaded to YouTube in 60 days than the 3 major US networks created in 60 years
- 70% of YouTube traffic comes from outside the US
- YouTube is localised in 25 countries across 43 languages
- YouTube’s demographic is broad: 18-54 years old
- YouTube reached over 700 billion playbacks in 2010
Have a look at CITIZENTUBE which is youtube’s news channel – http://www.citizentube.com/