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Marketing and Communications

Strategic messaging to inform and enhance the LMC experience

 

Web support tools

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Email and communication programs

Constant Contact - this is currently what LMC is using for communication however it is not free.

Mailchimp - Has a free account and allows to to send quite a few emails before you need to pay. Great for sending a proffesional looking email with no coding required.

Recording your computer screen

  • Jing - Free screen cast software for 5 minutes of recording
  • Camtasia - For Mac and a paid version of software
  • SnapZpro (screen recording software for making demonstration movies)
  • SnagIt - Stripped down version of Camtasia. From this link you can download a 30 day trial.

Photo & image sharing, editing and libraries

Copyright free image

Photo editing

  • Pixlr.com online photo editing that is photoshop in style
  • Photoshop.com - Website for editing, storing, and sharing photos - photoshop.com. While it currently provides 2 gigs for free, additional space is available for a price. Users can also store and share videos and set permissions on photos and videos.

Photo sharing

  • Flickr - Photo and video sharing - easy to embed slide shows
  • Picasa - Photo and video sharing with some photo editing capabilities

Document sharing, converting and collaborating

PDF tip:

Do you have a muliti-page PDF that you would like to keep that way but also want to link to a specific page in the PDF? The quickest and easiest way is to just append the page number to the end of your web address like this: #page=<pagenum> When you click on the link below you will automatically go to page 29 of this document.

 

EX:http://www.losmedanos.edu/PDFs/crisisinterventionmanual.pdf#page=29

See more parameters at the Adobe website

 

 

Below are links to sites that allow you to post your content. Many of these are both video, photo and music sharing and most of all of them supply embed codes so that you can insert them into your web pages using the HTML snippit command in Adobe Contribute.

    • Google drive (can be used for collaborate and share word docs, create spreadsheets and interactive web forms for data collection and short surveys). Click to learn how to use google docs in an education workflow or visit the Google for Educators home page for other Google solutions.
    • Slideshare (Offers users the ability to upload and share publicly or privately PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Adobe PDF Portfolios.)
    • Docsock - large collection of documents of all filetypes that can be embedded and printed page by page. A great way to publish worksheets within a web page.
    • Flipsnack - Create online flipbooks from your documents and embed on your webpage.
    • LearnOutLoud (LearnOutLoud.com is your one-stop destination for audio and video learning. Browse over 20000 educational audio books, MP3 downloads, podcasts, and videos.)
    • Issuu - Create online flipbooks from your documents and embed on your webpage.
    • Join.me - Allows for easy screen-sharing between multiple people.This can be combined with a Skype session as well for effective demos and office hours. For additional information, go to the Join.me FAQ.
    • Readoz - Create online flipbooks from your documents and embed on your webpage.
    • PDFlite - (PDFlite is a free open-source PDF reader and converter. View PDF files easily and convert anything like Word to PDF, JPG to PDF, Doc to PDF, Docx to PDF)

Software & design instruction

Form Creation for surveys, data collection and quizzes

Video sharing

YouTube is by far is the best video hosting service available because of it's accessibility options. It does not require additional plugins to be installed on most computers and will play on most mobile devices. It has free captioning services that work fairly well and will translate into 50 different languages. It also has easy sharing and embedding capabilities enabling your video to reach more people.

 

LMC has their own youtube account with people who have already subscribed to the video feed. If you want your video posted on the LMC youtube channel please contact the LMC web administrator. Otherwise you can easily start your own channel and link it to your website for a more specific group of followers.

 

Eventually LMC will have their own account with EDU stream and when that is live we will have a link here. Until then please use youtube or one of the other video sharing sites listed below. Remember that you must not make video your only method of instruction. You must provide a way for a student to understand the content of your material regardless if they can view your video or not.

 

Below are some other video sharing sites

Video libraries

  • Films on Demand - Streaming video collections of thousands of programs. Curriculum-focused with unlimited access.
  • PBS Video - This site now houses a large catalog of PBS videos from its large host of programs. Once at pbs.org, click on the link for Programs to start your review or search for a specific title/subject with their search option.
  • For example, here's a link to Frontline's show titled Poisoned Waters. Just below the video, notice that there are small rectangles that serve as chapter headings within this 17-part video where the user can skip around within the video.
  • TED Talks - Excellent short videos by interesting people who do interesting things!
  • Ambrose Video - "Ambrose Video is a leading producer of educational documentaries for the Middle School, Secondary and College marketplaces. We have an extensive library of award-winning materials, in social studies, literature, fine arts and the sciences."
  • Khan Academy - This site contains a growing list of video tutorials and exercises for math, science, and some business content at the high school and college level. The videos are publicly accessible, but the exercises require a login (and a user can use their Facebook or Google login).

Audio and music sharing

  • Jukeboxalive - playlist sharing
  • Learn Out Loud - podcasting
  • Picasa - Photo and video sharing
  • Playlist - share a select playlist with a player
  • Soundcloud - Capture any sound and use right away
  • YouTube Video hosting site but you can use it for sharing audio as well. Just choose to display sound only
  • Voaroo - a quick way to record and share a voice message
  • Voki - an animated talking head of your voice

Multi media presentations

  • Prezi - online power point style presentation except it's like one big flow chart that you can zoom in on various parts. Also iPad friendly. Here is a fun presentation of what it can do.
  • Voicethread - used by many public schools and universities voicethread is a collaborative multimedia rich slideshow that allows feedback and sharing.

Social bookmarking for a collecting of web resources

  • Delicious.com - allows you easily bookmark content on the web and add them to custom stacks of interest. The more tags you assign to a bookmark the easier it is to find it later. You can share a list under a specific tag. The lifespan of Delicious is in question due to new aquisition so use with caution.
  • Diigo.com - Promoted as an alternative to Delicious and so much more. Offers highlighting and commenting as well as tagging of links. You can archive a view for later viewing and easily share different lists of links. Originally used for research it has now grown into a powerful bookmarking tool.
  • Pinterest - is a pinboard-style social photo sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, hobbies and more. Users can browse other pinboards for inspiration, 're-pin' images to their own collections and/or 'like' photos.
  • QR codes: There are various sites to make and track QR codes but you should first shorten the URL before you do so with a service like bitly. This will make the amount of data smaller that it has to process. Then keep track of the URLs you encode in a spreadsheet. I keep track of mine in google docs so I can quickly look up how they are doing from anywhere. After you have the short url run it through a QR generator.

 

Got a source you like that is not listed here you want to share? Email me!