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Gabriel Peters-Lazaro

Gabriel Peters-Lazaro researches, designs and produces digital media for innovative learning. He is the media design lead and an instructor in the Media Arts + Practice Division of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He is a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Media Activism and Participatory Politics (MAPP) project and is currently working to develop participatory media resources and curricula to support new forms of civic education and engagement for young people. In 2009, he helped create The Junior AV Club, an ongoing project that explores mindful media making and sharing as powerful practices of early childhood learning. As instructor of IML 500 – Digital Media Tools and Tactics, he helps graduate students from across the University harness the powers of video and new media as research tools to support their scholarly pursuits. He received his B.A. in Film Studies from UC Berkeley, completed his M.F.A in Film Directing and Production at UCLA and is a Ph.D. candidate in Media Arts + Practice. He is also an avid surfer.

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Using Layer Masks in Pixlr Editor

Digital Tools | April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Using Layer Masks in Pixlr Editor

Today we’re looking at the use of Layer Masks in the free, web-based photo editing tool Pixlr Editor. This post is part of a series. Layer Masks might seem a little tricky at first, but once you understand their basic concept, you’ll find they can be a great way to achieve some powerful effects and control over […]

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Using the Clone Stamp Tool in Pixlr Editor

Digital Tools | March 26, 2015 | 1 Comment

Using the Clone Stamp Tool in Pixlr Editor

This video tutorial examines the clone stamp tool in Pixlr Editor, a free, web-based photo editing tool. The Clone Stamp is a nifty tool that lets you paint one part of your image into another part. Check out the video to learn more.

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Working With Photos in Pixlr Editor

Digital Tools | March 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Working With Photos in Pixlr Editor

Pixlr Editor is a powerful free, browser based online photo editing tool. It is a robust tool that rivals Adobe Photoshop in terms of its feature set. Here is a three part series of video tutorials that shows you how to use Pixlr Editor.

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How to Create Funny Memes About Issues That Matter

Digital Tools | February 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

How to Create Funny Memes About Issues That Matter

How do you share important ideas in the digital world? This Educast installment examines the relationship between text and image and how you can use humor to make a point on issues that matter.

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Make Unique Media Mixes with Meograph

Digital Tools | November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Make Unique Media Mixes with Meograph

Meograph is a media making tool that you can use online for free in your web browser. It allows you to create unique mixes of media content, including photos and videos you find on the web, as well as your own media assets. Follow along with this video to learn how to make unique media mixes.

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Create Media Mashups with Trio

Digital Tools | November 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

Create Media Mashups with Trio

Trio is a smartphone app for making multimedia mashups. Trio lets you combine your own photos and videos with existing content such as animated GIFs and Vine videos. Watch the video here to learn how to use it.

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Create Visual Social Media With Instagram

Digital Tools | September 18, 2014 | 4 Comments

Create Visual Social Media With Instagram

Instagram is a very popular social media platform for taking and sharing photos and video. Launched in 2010, Instagram is available for iOS, Android and Windows mobile operating systems.

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Exploring Social Media With #Hashtags

Digital Tools | September 4, 2014 | 1 Comment

Exploring Social Media With #Hashtags

If you’ve seen the last couple of Educast posts and videos about Vine and Instagram, you may have noticed that we’ve been trying to expand the conversation a little bit and really think about the context in which these sorts of creative social media tools function.  We’ve been looking at similarities and differences amongst social […]

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Make Short Social Video Loops With Vine

Digital Tools | July 23, 2014 | 2 Comments

Make Short Social Video Loops With Vine

Vine is a smartphone app for iOS, Android and Windows that allows you to make and share short looping videos. Follow the video to learn how to get started.

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Write and Read Online With Medium

Digital Tools | June 5, 2014 | 4 Comments

Write and Read Online With Medium

Medium is a web based platform for reading and creating great writing. It has a beautiful, simplistic interface that’s free of distractions yet has just the right feature set to be a powerful tool.  It also has a nice balance of collaborative and social features to help you connect with others through your work and theirs. […]

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