Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Video minutes of CPCUG Robotics SIG Meeting, July 2005

These QuickTime video clips uploaded for free to the Internet Archive are the "video minutes" of the July, 2005, Capital PC User Group Robotics Special Interest Group. This meeting was centered on the annual FIRST robotics competion and what it offers to youth across the country.

The meeting has been divided up into different video segments so that people can mention a particular segment to friends or colleagues. Each segment is about 7 minutes long.

To view any of these clips, click on the word QuickTime in the left column of the screen when you reach the Internet Archive screen for that clip. Depending on the speed of your internet connection, you might need to wait a minute or two before the video clip starts playing. You may want to wait for the entire clip to transfer before you start watching it.

Segment 1

Segment 2

Segment 3

Segment 4

Segment 5

Segment 6

Segment 7

Segment 8

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

digital storytelling at the maryland apple corps meeting

i'll be presenting on digital storytelling at the maryland apple corps meeting this evening.

here is a link to the pdf handout for the presentation.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

teaching generalized computer skills

yesterday i stopped by to visit deb roepke, the founder of Computer C.O.R.E. in alexandria, virginia. in giving me a tour of her community technology center, she explained to me Computer C.O.R.E.'s philosphy of teaching students specific computer skills as well as general skills of how to use any computer program.

i've heard others speak highly of Computer C.O.R.E., but it was quite another thing to see this organization up close myself. i'm convinced that Computer C.O.R.E's model is a very effective teaching model. i wish that i were introduced to computers in this way.

here's a brief quicktime with deb explaining her organization's approach.

i used the appleworks draw module, a digital camera and quicktime pro to create this. the audio was recorded with a camcorder and a lavalier microphone.

you could create something similar on windows using powerbullet presenter.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

digital bicycle blog

i stay informed about important things via the digital bicycle blog.

Monday, October 25, 2004

j.d. lasica's work

j.d. lasica is doing inspiring work with grassroots community media.

Sunday, October 24, 2004

documentary - It's Just Me

In coming years it's going to become much more common for documentary producers to have their films seen over the internet. There are thousands of compelling, informative and inspiring documentaries that will soon have new audiences.

Here in the Washington DC-area there are a number of talented documentary producers whose work has not been side widely. In the coming months this web site will be featuring some of these works, along with audio interviews from their producers.

Here is a fascinating documentary, "It's Just Me," produced by John Stulhdreher, in the Arlington Public Schools. This hour-long documentary chronicles the effort to integrate the Arlington Public Schools in the late 1950's. John has granted permission for this documentary to be distributed over the internet. He can be reached at aetvjohn @ erols. com

This documentary was created with the support and encouragement of the Arlington Public Schools. John Stuhldreher works full-time as a video producer in the Arlington Public Schools.

I've chopped the film into two 30-minute pieces. These QuickTime files are best viewed with Firefox or Safari web browsers. Microsoft Internet Explorer sometimes makes you wait for a QuickTime to finish transferring before you can start viewing it.

John explained to me that it took a year or two to shoot and edit the documentary. Most of it was done on his own time evenings and weekends. Kudos to him for doing such a great job. It's interesting to note that Elizabeth Campbell, one of the leaders of the integration movement, is also the founder of WETA, the first public television station in the nation.

She did two good things in her life. That's a good goal for anyone to set. Do two good things in your life.

It's Just Me (first half) (657 megabytes)

It's Just Me (second half) (607 megabytes)

Note - In 2005 this same documentary will be presented here on this web site with a larger pixel dimension size, using Apple's QuickTime 7, which will be released in 2005.

I'm hoping to have a "making of" audio interview with John Stuhldreher added to this blog entry sometime within the next 2 weeks.

- phil

btw, if there's any individual, organization or other entity interested in also hosting this documentary on their webserver space, thanks for letting me know. I'll include alternate downloading links underneath the links shown above. That will help distribute the load.

pshapiro @ his.com

Sunday, October 10, 2004

washington apple pi ilife group

the washington apple pi ilife special interest group meets monthly in the washington dc area. you can meet the current leaders of the group in this short quicktime. the people in this photo, from left to right, are phil shapiro (me), paige counts and steve lemon.

this quicktime was created using quicktime pro, which apple computer sells for $30. after payment, apple sends you a registration key via email which you enter into quicktime on your macintosh or windows computer. is it too much to hope for a linux version of quicktime sometime soon? please, apple, that would be such a nice christmas present.

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