Our Digital Archiving course will be broken into three parts
LP records to digital conversion
Converting and editing analog video
Digital video formats and compression
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND SCANNING
We will spend the next several weeks editing MP3 files with Audacity. We will listen to and learn about composers such as William Grant Still, Coleridge Taylor Perkinson, Charles Mingus and Claude Debussy. You will need headphonesfor the audio and video sections of this course. I strongly recommend a flash drive too. With a flash drive you can take your class work with you, out of the school building and work on it at home. You'll find good deals on flash drives and USB headsets at Radio Shack.
I personally prefer the USB headset over the ear buds. The USB headset feels better on my ears than the ear buds and the microphone is perfect for making Skype calls and making professional sounding recordings in Audacity.
An SD card and a card reader is helpful if you plan to shoot and scan family photos. SD cards and card readers work exactly the same as USB flash drives.
I plan for this to be a fun and informative course. You will discover artists, scientists, educators, and political figures that you probably were never aware of. You will discover new lands, new names and different languages. There will be very little lecturing. I will be available to handle software issues and to answer questions about file management and archiving, but for the most part, students will be expected to work independently and to produce a reasonable amount of Digital Archiving work every week. This will be very challenging because you will be using headphones as a regular part of your learning. The temptation will be great for you to listen to your personal music and to watch your favorite videos when you should be focused on Digital Archiving work. You will need to exercise self control while behind the computer.
Over the next three months, you will use Blogger and Google Presentation to publish an electronic catalog of the various Digital Archiving projects that you compile and index.
There is an old expression that goes "it's impossible to know where you are going if you don't know where you came from." The same holds true for Digital Archiving basics. You must know where all your media is in order to intelligently move forward with any multimedia based computer project. The short slideshow below speaks to that issue and illustrates some very basic file management concepts.
Educator, presenter and workshop leader. I have served as Digital Media consultant for the Delaware Futures college preparatory organization since 2006. A blogger and electronic musician, I have presented at EduCon 2008, K12 Online Conference 2009, as well as BAEO, DPT Business School and the Ministry of Culture Barbados, W.I. I have been teaching Digital Literacy in Philadelphia since 1997. I am a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, B.A., English/History.