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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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. […]
X-Ray Goggles is a tool from Mozilla that lets you remix live web pages right in your browser. This means you can start out with any website on the Internet and go right into its code to swap out text, images, links and more, creating your own distinct version that you can save and share with others.
Tumblr is a hugely popular, highly social blogging platform with an emphasis on images. Tumblr is a great tool because it’s free, easy to use and a lot of fun. Many Tumblr sites are dedicated to gathering and sharing images on a particular theme. Lots of individual users use them for social networking, and it is also common for groups and businesses to use them as part of their online identity and for social marketing outreach.
Google has a whole host of online document creation tools that are browser based and free to use. You may already be familiar with Google docs for word processing, and if so, you probably know that it can be a powerful tool for collaboration and cloud-based document creation.
Dirpy Studio is a free web-based tool that allows you to save online streaming videos as offline files. Before diving into the use of this tool, it’s important to consider some of the ethical and legal issues surrounding this tools and others like it. It is not the intention of this post to encourage or condone any illegal or unethical activities.
Popcorn Maker is a free online tool for creating enhanced web-based video experiences. It is part of the ‘Webmaker’ set of tools from Mozilla that are designed to help everyone be able to make dynamic work on the web. Popcorn Maker allows you to do simple edits, remixes and mashups of online videos, and to enhance them with images, text, popups, links and info from Wikipedia and Google Maps. You can even incorporate 3D models, all in a layout that you determine and in sync with the video you choose.
Popplet is an online tool for visually organizing your ideas and projects. This process is also referred to as ‘mind mapping.’ Popplet is available as a browser-based web tool or as an app for mobile devices and tablets. We will be focusing on the web tool as it presents the most functional free version of the experience.
Mixbit is an app and platform for making and sharing videos. Along with Vine and Instagram video, it is one of a number of new platforms that aims to make video sharing faster and easier within a social media context. What’s interesting about Mixbit is it’s emphasis on video editing and the fact that it lets users create remixes and edits from each others content.