#poj14 – Videos, some apps and others for Journalism #stopoildrilling #newzealand

Following on from last weeks brief over on the potential of Twitter and blogging for journalism, this week I am going to do a small demo of few video apps etc. So preparing for it for the lecture on Friday and for the 10 minutes I’ll have, I decided to capture few videos with the apps I was going to demo in class.

This morning on my way to the usual coffee place Remedy Coffee, I decided to do a timelapse of my walk from our office on 56 Wakefield Street.


I created this timelapse using the Hyperlapse app available for the iPhone (Download Link iOS only). An alternative for Android uses since Hyperlapse is only available for iOS is Lapse (Download link Android only).  I later imported the timelapse videos from my camera roll into the YouTube Capture App to edit and add background music. Note: None of these videos were edit etc on a desktop. Entirely shot, edited and uploaded from my phone.

While at Remedy Coffee suddenly the traffic came to a halt and couple of Police offices started controlling the signal. We suspected that it was in preparation of the UoA graduation ceremony. I have witnessed the traffic control police offices in action before and always found the gestures they made funny. So, I decided to timelapse this as well. Again, using the same app as above, however, this time the traffic offices were a bit of a letdown. They seemed confused and some of the gestures that made were not the same as I had witnessed before. Anyway, here is their attempt.

Between our coffee got delivered and having taken a few sip, out came a big for random people holding flags and banner saying ‘Stop oil drilling”. Out of the blue and totally random, a news event was unfolding before my eyes. And it played right into what I was trying to demo to the students. Events unfold unexpectedly most of the times when you are least prepared. I pulled out my phone (as you do) and this time used the YouTube Capture app to capture the event as it unfolded.

Of course couple of tweets went out after I had uploaded the video onto YouTube.

Other tweets from those who were present at the time reported the event.

 Global audience

Later reported in the Herald at 1.56pm: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11334028 almost about 30 minutes late to when my videos were uploaded.

PS: I am not a journalist. I am simply sharing how this event unfolded before me unexpectedly. And how having the knowledge of some basic apps allowed me to capture, edit and share the news through mobile social media.

#POJ14 Vine and WordPress

Hi All

Here is an example of Vine (Twitter for video). Vine allows 6 seconds of video recording. You can pause and record as many times as you want to compose a single video.

Find out more about Vine: https://vine.co 

Download the app for iOS and Android 🙂

To embed a Vine video to your blog post on WordPress, use add media -> URL and paste the URL. The Vine video should embed by default. To find out more, refer to this website: http://en.support.wordpress.com/videos/vine/

Example below:


An interesting find and its correlation to practice in the classroom!

If you haven’t read this article J. van Aart, B. Salem, C. Bartneck, J. Hu, and M. Rauterberg, “Designing for Experience: Arousing Boredom to Evoke Predefined User Behaviour,” in 6th Design and emotion conference, Hong Kong, 2008 I highly recommend that you do.












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In the article, the researchers through literature review establish a framework for inducing bordem and state it as follows:

G1: Induce sensory deprivation by reducing external stimuli to a minimum 
G2: Create monotony, by using highly predictive repetitive stimuli 
G3: Prevent drowsiness by using stimuli with high intensity.
G4: Do not satisfy the need for excitement; rather use the user’s expectation to create an anti-climax. 
G5: Avoid any novelties, changes and surprises; everything should seem in place and make sense.
G6: Do not mentioning a wait on forehand, nor explaining the length and reason of it. 
G7: Emphasize the passage of time during a wait.

They then design an experiment to test: what was the most effective method to trigger boredom and how long it would take someone to become bored under the guideline established. While they could not answer their first question within the research design, they did however make this observation:

“Overall, a significant rise of inactiveness and introversion is observed, accompanied by a reduction of extroversion and a decrease of cheerfulness. Additionally, most participants reported to feel bored of having nothing to do. These are signs that boredom is in fact triggered.”

And their results showed that it would take someone a maximum of 10 minutes within the guidelines stated to become bored.

If this research is a correct indication of what boredom is and what constitutes it, it validates calls from many researchers for many decades why lectures and transmission styled teaching doesn’t work.

The guidelines and the overall experiment could actually be conducted in a lecture room without making in changes in many cases to replicate the same result or even a more informative finding.

In fact, in my opinion it should be made a guideline for teachers of what not to do or avoid in their teaching at all times. Your teaching at all cost should avoid ” …….. Pedagogy 101

Are we going to see more complains like this in our classrooms, SOON?

A plea to ‘touch students’ hearts’

Need for change, going beyond just pre-packaged content in the classroom.

Jeff Bliss states the obvious. Maybe the forum he chose was not appropriate but what he says to his teacher makes complete sense. Jeff’s rant was captured by another student in the class ironically and uploaded to YouTube and has since received more than one million hit.

ABC News featured the clip and interviewed Jeff.

It’s interesting reading the comments posted regarding the video on YouTube. Some are questioning if he indeed was forced by his mother to go back to school since Jeff had dropped out of class year before. Or  as he himself says it in his interview, he now realises the importance of education in his life. And maybe from his prior learning experience sensed that he was going through the same old boring ‘bum on seat’ teaching approach that didn’t work for him the first time.

Much has been said about the need to change our approach in the classroom. However, traditional teaching methods unfortunately still govern the classrooms. Achieving the transformation we have been talking about for many years now still eludes practitioners around the world.