Working with Multimedia and Web 2.0 to Communicate

On September 14, 2010, in Julie Lindsay, by Julie Lindsay

Our first real collaborative project, the Introducing……. assignment is finished and as I review work here are some pertinent comments as a way of reflection.

Students were asked to upload their finished multimedia artifact to an online space for sharing, via hyperlink or preferably via a Web 2.0 tool that allows an embed code to be used on the Ning blog post. Needless to say we had a variety of methods, including the following:

  • The use of Youku.com, a local Asian alternative to YouTube that is not blocked in China
  • Uploaded to Windows Live (however I object to this method as I do not want to have to download software to my laptop to view student work)
  • PhotoBucket – another video host that is not blocked in China and seems to be working quite efficiently
  • The WAB media server – Introducing Shawn as an example
  • Voki, audio with avatar speaking text
  • Prezi.com – PPT on steroids!

Products generally showed good technical skills but some did not reveal such good communication skills overall. It is very important to be able to use the technology and be creative, but if the message is lost or not clear then it is pointless.

The use of Web 2.0 tools was good and many students embedded their artifacts back into the Ning blog post. The WAB server is also fairly robust, and in fact does provide an embed code that the students decided not to use this time. I really prefer not to have to open another website or server space to view multimedia. It is much preferable to have the frame embedded into the blog post for easier viewing.

My Favourite Examples:

Introducing Yae, by Alejandro

About Mariana, by Yae

This one I really like for it’s uniqueness

Introducing Ding by Queena:

Introducing Philip by Kae:

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