Friday, August 31, 2007

Creating Tutorials & Demos - SlideShare.Net

Another option for creating and hosting your tutorial slide presentations is to use one of presentation creations and hosting sites.



SlideShare.net is a free web host for PowerPoint, OpenOffice and Keynote presentation software. You upload them to the website and you can copy the code to place in your blog or website.

You also can add audio to your slide using the SlideCast feature. Basically you create your presentation, your audio mp3 track and SlideCast helps you to synchronize and the provide the links for your presentation.

Here are a few tutorials created and uploaded to SlideShare.net

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Mrs. Kim's Employment Opportunities

For those on the employment track check out these new position openings:

PCC Shatford Library has an opening for a student assistant position. 20 hrs./week; $7.75/hr. Contact Ms. Jo Ann Ohanesian at (626) 585-7835

Victor Valley College (in Victorville, CA) has a full-time Library Technician. Salary: $3,083/month plus fringe benefits; Hours: M-Th 12:30-9 pm, F 7:30 am-4 pm.; visit website or call (760) 245-4271, ext. 2500.

The Braun Research Library will be selecting a paid intern ($3,500) for summer 2008. This internship is to provide work training to undergraduates who intend to go into the library or museum careers. One of our LT students was selected two years ago and she enjoyed this internship immensely.

Chapman University (Orange, CA) has four library/media related positions. Visit and find out more information.
  • Library Assistant II (Acquisitions) Job #110-07; Full-time
  • Library Assistant II (Acquisitions - Law Library), Job #82-07; Full-time
  • Media Services Technician, Job #125-07; full-time
  • Library Systemns Technician (part-time; 19 hours/week), Job # 74-07

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Creating Tutorials & Demos – Commerical Software Converters

Just a reminder, classes start next week. In a month or two you will begin preparing for class presentations. For those that have been following the tutorial creation series I'm sorry about last week.

That was painful but I needed to show you that you could use your existing programs to get tutorials and demonstration on the Internet. Using those tools it is possible but time intensive and challenging. It does not have to be that way.

There are commercial products that can make the process easier. And yes money can be an issue but if you think you might create a lot of tutorials and demonstrations these products can save you time and money.

Commercial PowerPoint to Flash Animation Converters

If you absolutely need to use PowerPoint but you don’t want to hassle with 2+ programs to create a tutorial then you should evaluate these programs. The good news is that you can download a trial version to see if it meets your needs before purchasing.

FlashPoint

Flash Point PowerPoint to Flash Converter is relatively inexpensive product that seems to be good for simple image/audio presentations. Here is a demonstration tutorial. Product users have a gallery page of presentations that they have created.


SwishPresenter

Swish Presenter is a PowerPoint to Flash animation converter. Features that are included are the ability to add voice narration and transition effects. Visit Swishzone to view a slide demo created by the product.

Wild Presenter Product Line

Wild Presenter can help you construct a presentation from your photos or make it easy to transfer Microsoft PowerPoint presentations to a Flash animation format. You can view a demonstration of this product by clicking the product photo.

Monday, August 20, 2007

USC Wilson Dental Library Assistant Position

Thank Carol Siu for this one folks. The USC Wilson Dental Library is looking for a full time library assistant for the dental school.

Essential Information:

Pay Range is between $13 to $15 an hour
Work schedule is Tuesday-Friday, 10:00am-6:30pm and Saturday, 8:45am-5:15pm.

Details:
  • Monitor and staff circulation desk. Duties include processing overdues, fines, library card applications and missing book/journal procedures.
  • Processes new material received from cataloging. Includes verification of title, status, call number, and holdings in online catalog (HELIX) and referring problems/questions to a librarian.
  • Prepares print and online bibliographic records for internal processing and web-based “new Library Books” program.
  • Assists in the de-selection of library materials including records maintenance and materials dispersal. Processes classed serials as directed. Sends material to cataloging for processing. Compiles statistics.
  • Processes and maintains Reserve Book Collection including researching new editions and new titles, resolves incomplete or incorrect citations, and maintains reserve statistics. On a trimester basis, solicits and processes faculty Reserve title lists.
If you are ready to yell "Go Trojans" then visit the USC Employment Opportunities page. The Requisition Number for this position is H14801 and there is much more information about this position and the benefits of working on the USC Campus.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Creating Tutorials & Demos - Converting Presentations to Tutorials

You have presentation software. You may have a copy of:
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (Windows & Macintosh versions)
  • Corel Presentation (Windows)
  • OpenOffice Impress (Windows, Macintosh and Linux versions) or some equivalent of a presentation program.
Advantages
  • You can quickly build simple presentations or make them as complex as you need.
  • The ability to export out an individual side or a complete slide presentation in .gif, .jpg/jpeg or .png formats. This gives you the ability to use another program to upload to a blog or website.
  • Some of the programs can export out to the Adobe.pdf and Flash.swf formats.
Disadvantages:
  • In the native file formats it is hard or impossible to post on a website or blog.
  • You still need a photo or video web host and the code necessary to display on your blog or website.
  • In the case of Microsoft PowerPoint you can post presentations on-line. However if the user is not using Microsoft Internet Explorer they may not see the presentation or certain features will be disabled.
  • The process is not as simple as it needs to be for novice users. It is a time swamp for those that have experience.
Since the goal is to upload the tutorial or demo for on line viewing that it where attention will be focused.

If you have “An old PC that runs Windows 95/98/Windows ME and next to no budget” option.

(Please tell me that this computer is not connected to the Internet and that you are doing the presentation on that computer but you will walk it over to an updated XP/Vista computer. On second thought, I don't want to know.)

There is an oldie but goodie known as DubIt from TechSmith. DubIt allows you to import photos and slides from presentations saved in the .gif and .jpg formats. You can add music or audio narration. DubIt saves the tutorial in either the .avi (an older windows movie video format) or Real Media format. I suggest that you save it in the .avi format.

You can then upload to a free video web host like Blip.tv, OurMedia.org or TeacherTube After you have uploaded the video you will then copy the code necessary to display the tutorial on your blog or web site. It is the same concept you used when you uploaded your photos to a photo web hosting site.


This is an example of how I created the above tutorial using DubIt.

If you have “An new PC that runs Windows XP and next to no budget” then you can take advantage of Microsoft Photo Story 3. It is free to legal owners of Windows XP. It is a similar process, you export presentation in either .gif or jpg/jpeg format and then import them into Microsoft Photo Story 3.


I have to tell you there are much easier ways of doing this. There are a bunch of pitfalls that can occur such as losing audio when converting into another format or unexpected glitches that you have to spend time figuring out.

Next time - the online slide creation applications.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

BookShare - Online Accessible Library

BookShare.org has a clearly defined purpose; to provide online access to print publications to blind and visually impaired readers.

Contemporary books and materials in the public domain are digitized and converted into the Braille format or converted into the digital talking book format. These can then be downloaded into the appropriate device.

CBS News did a news segment on the founder of BookShare in the QuickTime video format.

Currently there are 6,000+ subscribers and the content is in English and Spanish. Unlike other free book archives, only those people that legal qualify as being blind or vision impaired can download contemporary books and publications. The public domain materials are available to all users.

It is a good resource to pass on to a friend.
http://www.bookshare.org

Grant for Community College Librarianship

No one involved with a community college can question their importance to the community.

And what good is a community college without a healthy library supporting the educational needs of the community? If you think you would like to work in a community college library, Mrs. Kim has contributed the following information.

NILRC
has a grant opportunity for those folks interesting in becoming community college librarians. The grant is for the education of 20 masters students at the Graduate School of Libraries and Information Sciences at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a paid six month internship at a community college in Illinois.

If you would like more information about this opportunity visit http://www.nilrc.org/Introduction.htm

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Creating Tutorials & Demos - Screen Captures

Screen captures are great for computer based tutorials and demonstrations. These images can be embedded in word processing documents, web pages, blogs or other types of documentation.

You can also use these images in a photo or slide animation tutorial or a flash animation movie.

OCLC Screen Capture Example

If you are a Window user your have the "Print Screen (aka Prt Scr) key on your keyboard. Mac Users (depending on what version of the operating system you are running) can press Shift+Command+3 or Command+4.

Teacher Tap has a really nice page to explain how to capture And if you want to see how you do a screen capture or grab you can watch this tutorial video from About.com, Capture and Save a Screen Shot in Windows XP with Don Schechter.

For those of you on Windows Vista check out Sue Chastain's article on Screen Capture with Windows Vista

However, the built in print screen functions have limits and liabilities: The image file in the clipboard is saved in the .bmp (on the Windows operating system). If you need to post the image on the Internet you will have to first paste it in a photo editing software and then convert it to a .gif, .jpg or .png image file.

In addition you can only grab the entire screen or the active window. You then would have to spend more effort customizing the image to get what you want.

Benefits of Screen Capture Software

These applications give you are lot of choices and features that can help to speed up the process of snagging screen images. Some of the advantages are:
  • You can zoom in on just the region of the screen you want to concentrate on,
  • You can select the file format that best suites your needs
  • You can add captions, call outs or have the cursor appear or not appear
Free Windows Screen Capture Software
  • Gadwin Print Screen 4.1 - I have been using Gadwin Print Screen for years. It is clean, simple and gets the job done. The free version can capture a region of the screen, an active window or the full screen.
  • Screen Grab 1.1. Extremely small file size and no mouse necessary
  • SWB Capture - If you have an old computer running Windows 95, 98, 2000 or ME this is the software for you. It can only capture full screen or the active window like the Print Screen key but does give you the choice of saving in .gif or .jpg.
Commercial Screen Capture Software - Windows
  • Capture-Eze I've used this product on my day job and it is fine. The new version can save to a high resolution .tiff file, print image catalogs and Internet pages.
  • Gadwin Print Screen Pro the paid version comes with an image editor and you have the ability to add captions or annotations to you images.
  • Gadwin Web Snap Shots adds a feature to Microsoft Internet Explorer that allows you to snap images of web pages with annotations.
  • Snag-It from TechSmith is an excellent full featured screen capturing program. If you are going to create tutorials on a regular basis. This is the one to have, it can do everything you will need or ever need at a very fair price. And for those of you that Skype, you can send a screen shot or video as your conference call is in progress.
Macintosh Screen Capture Software
  • Ambrosia Software SnapPro - captures images and can create movies from screen activities. This is a link to a short video by Tom Woozle on how simple it is to use the program. Saves images in .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .png, .tif and Adobe and Photoshop formats
  • Paparazzi is free screen capture software for Mac OX 10.3 and above users.
  • ScreenTool can record the active window, full screen in addition to timed/sequential image captures.
Paparazzi MacOS X Screen Capture

Next time - what are you going to do with those images? Animate them via slide shows (no, not necessarily with PowerPoint). We'll look at the free online slide show and presentation program that can display your presentations, tutorials and demonstrations.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Creating Tutorials & Demos - Posting Photos #2

You have your images and you have prepared them for your tutorial. You now need a place to store your photos.

The images that you see on blogs and web pages are actually located at a specific location on a host computer.



The text below is the HTML code needed for Blogger to show you the photo:

The HTML code is required to tell the browser where the image is located and how to display the photo. That location can be a personal web page from your ISP, a business web site or a web based photo hosting company.

The process is:
  • Upload the photo,
  • Add the HTML code to your blog or web site,
  • Upload the new blog post or web site,
  • Your photo will appear in your blog.
The easy way for newbies and non-technical people place a photo in a blog or web page is to use one of the free photo web hosting services. Not only will they host your photo, you have the option to make that photo public or private and most of them will give you the correct HTML code to place in your blog.

Before you upload - please make sure you have a backup copy of the images. If your photo web host goes bye-bye so does your images. Never post anything without a backup copy.

These are a few of the major free services:
If you are old school or you want to know what the correct HTML code is to upload photo from your web site then here is the HTML syntax you will need.


Basically the code states that the image can be found at Flickr, the name is dancer.jpg and the width and height of the photo. There is a one pixel border around the photo and this is the text version of what the image is about.

This is the accessible version of the code so that screen readers and adaptive devices can properly convey the photo information. In my most public confession yet I admit that I often forget to use the Alt code. I shall try to do better.

Gold Coast Web Design has a good plain English explanation of how to use the IMG tag with photo examples.