Posts Tagged 'technology'

Exploring Instagram

By the Diederich College of Communication

Instagram photo of Johnston Hall in spring by Gee Ekachai

Last Thursday, Diederich College faculty member Gee Ekachai  gave a GROW presentation about using the popular social media photography app, Instagram. Her talk included tips and best practices for users.

Since its posting last week, Ekachai’s presentation has proved to be popular, with more than 33,000 views on Slideshare as of April 14. Instagram has gotten a lot of press of late, due in part to the program’s recent addition to the Android marketplace and purchase by Facebook for $1 billion.

View Gee Ekachai’s Instagram presentation online at

Learning Apple’s iBook Author: Part 2

By Carole Burns

Day two of my life with Apple’s iBook Author finds me deep in re-arranging. I now have a fairly good handle on the many features of the application and have completed another chapter. I only have about eight more to go, but each one has a familiar feel which will help move it along. My goal for publishing this Friday may have been a bit ambitious, but where would we be without ambitious goals – right?

Remember when I said on day one that I would worry about Hyperlinks on Thursday? Well, I lied.

I really wanted to see how my Index would easily jump to different topics so I tried to link it to the pages inside the chapter. It isn’t as easy as I would hope it to be. In fact, I seem to have lost ground working most of the day on this task. I should have waited until Thursday. But let me share with you my dilemma… Continue reading ‘Learning Apple’s iBook Author: Part 2′

An Author is Born

By Carole Burns

I would love to say that my first day as an iBook Author was smooth and seamless. But that would be a lie. Truth be told, much of the day was spent reading through tutorials and layout of the Resident Einstein Equipment Guide. I find it interesting that the first step of creating a manual is to read the manual for the software I’m about to use!

I put my digital storytelling skills to work and drew out a quick storyboard to guide me along the way. I have all the content I want to use, most of it created by the Einsteins; but I still need to add the narrative (text) portion. It is funny. Ask me just about any question and I’ll give you a 2-3 minute answer. Ask me to write that same question on paper and my mind goes completely blank. Talk about test anxiety!

For the next four days, this will be my life. Building, reviewing, editing. I have to say I am fairly proud of the first few pages. This morning I took the time to place them on an iPad to preview how it will look when completed.

This led me to a new discovery. It is difficulty (even for me) to think in interactive terms. On the first page of the manual I have outlined what can be found in the text. You know what would make it really spiffy? Continue reading ‘An Author is Born’

Remembering a Visionary

By Jennifer Janviere

Steve Jobs photo

Photo of Steve Jobs (source: website)

Like many other people around the world, I was saddened by last week’s news of the death of Apple founder and leader Steve Jobs. Jobs left a legacy of innovation that inspired both artists and technophiles alike.

As the head of Apple, Jobs helped streamline technology in a way that integrated it into every part of everyday life. The company created not only innovative products but revolutionary business models for consuming media that changed the nature of how we buy music, watch movies and even communicate. Apple computers, tablets, phones and MP3 players are a staple of not just designers and artists but many students, educators and households as well. Continue reading ‘Remembering a Visionary’

Smart Phones and Smart Journalism

By Herbert Lowe

Smart phone keyboard, close upMy Digital Journalism II students are learning how to use multimedia to enhance their storytelling this semester. So the excellent daylong training session offered downtown on September 28 could not have been more timely – or helpful in terms of revealing relevant mobile resources and tips.

Five Diederich College colleagues – Karen Slattery, Gee Ekachai, Steve Byers, Linda Menck and Carole Burns – joined me at the “Smart Phones, Smart Journalism Workshop,” presented by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute. More than 75 people, including many working journalists, joined us at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for the event. Val Hoeppner, the institute’s director of education and a multimedia guru, led the way by masterfully teaching how to use mobile technology better and faster. Continue reading ‘Smart Phones and Smart Journalism’

Embracing an Era of New Technology in the Communication Fields

By Dave Denomie

Students at the Marquette University Summer Debate Institute.

The way we communicate with each other using computers and smartphones today would be as inconceivable to people living just 50 years ago as it once was for people to think that humans would one day travel across continents in vehicles in the sky. In spite of the strong risk of “dating” myself, I will say that I have personally witnessed our progress in television technology from just 3 channels in grainy black and white to high-definition 3D live and recorded broadcasts on hundreds, if not thousands, of channels delivered via cable, satellite, and the Internet.

Computers were once something that your bank or the electric company used. In the space of less than 30 years we have gone from thinking these new “personal” computers were a strange curiosity for a few “dweebs” to the point where many people now use a range of computer-based devices they consider routine and indispensable in their daily lives.

Is it any wonder, considering the blinding speed of technological advances, we scramble to ensure that what we do continues to be useful and relevant to our students, especially in communication fields? How do we know which technologies will take hold in this shifting landscape, and incorporate their use into our work? Are we using technology in ways that enhance the content of what we deliver or is it serving as a distraction that pulls us from our work or even changes its very nature? How do we measure and evaluate our successes and failures and learn from our experiences to constantly adjust and improve what we do? Continue reading ‘Embracing an Era of New Technology in the Communication Fields’

Using Social Media to Document Egyptian Protests

By Lauren Haberkorn

Social media seems the one reliable way that the outside world continues to learn about the unfolding events surrounding the political turmoil in Egypt. Twitter, Facebook and YouTube may not have sent people out into the streets, but they definitely sped up the process. Now, those of us outside Egypt are relying on these social media outlets to provide updates on the demonstrations going on inside the country.

Citizen journalists inside Egypt originally began broadcasting messages and videos capture on cell phones to provide a glimpse of the protesters gathering and demonstrating in the streets. As protests against President Hosni Mubarak escalated over the last week, the government has responded by blocking the Internet, mobile networks and television broadcasts. The people of Egypt, however, continue to protest and stand up for what they believe in, and journalists continue to capture their stories. Without social media (now mostly by foreign journalists and observers), these voices would not be heard. Continue reading ‘Using Social Media to Document Egyptian Protests’

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual authors and do not represent the views of Marquette University or the Diederich College of Communication.

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