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Many of my community media sessions are made up of elderly. One of the biggest problems I encountered was that of setting up accounts and passwords. The plethora of usernames and passwords needed and the fact that there was no uniformity across the various web .!! platforms we were loo"ing was confusing to the membership. The biggest problem has always been the remembering passwords. I decided to see" a uniform way to create accounts for people using memorable passwords. The first step in this process was to set up a #oogle $pps account% Myteesuni.com The main reason in using #oogle $pps was the ability to create and manage uniform email accounts. The standard edition, which is free, allows the creation of up to &! email accounts. I e'pected that this would be sufficient at first. Unfortunately this has since been reduced to (!m accounts for the free edition but more on that later. My first brush with #oogle $pps a few years ago was not very successful. The principle revolves around associating a domain name with your #oogle $pps account. Someone more technically proficient than myself may be able to achieve this but I struggled and had hours and days of frustration. This involves changing M) records and other blac" arts on your domain hosting service. In the end I gave up. *ossibly this has become easier now but when I re+approached #oogle $pps I wanted an easier solution. The solution I discovered was to purchase the domain name from #oogle at the same time as setting up the account. Thus for the princely sum of ,(! you can have a total set up with &! -now (!. accounts in a matter of seconds. The domain is actually registered with #o/addy but #oogle ma"e it all transparent and after paying through #oogle 0hec"out I had the domain I was interested in all set up with #oogle $pps. One of the principle arguments against using this approach i.e. setting up accounts for your learners or participants is that it can be laborious and time consuming. I offset that by remembering the frustration and time wasted trying to get all these things set up in a live class. The problem is not 1ust setting up accounts but the email verification process re2uired. It is often the case that learners can not access their email in locations other than their home. 3uc"ily #oogle $pps have a very simple method for setting up multiple accounts. This involves creating a 0S4 file -comma separated values. containing the username, password, first name, last name. -)&!.. I did this in Microsoft 5'cel -other spreadsheets can do this. and saved as a 0S4 file to be uploaded to #oogle $pps. I used simple usernames and the password I was aiming to use. On the sub1ect of password this was of ma1or importance. I wanted to nail this once and for all so it had to be something easy to remember and yet secure and it had to wor" for 54567 account set up. 8hen I say 9secure: I mean that the various accounts we were setting up would consider them secure because some systems re1ect passwords that are too simple. Obviously they are not secure because everyone "nows that everyone has the same password. ;owever, these are non+sensitive accounts, no personal details are entered and no financial information is involved. $s it turned out, it wor"ed well that everyone had the same password because on occasion when someone forget the unforgettable, then someone else can be on hand to remind him or her. This became "nown as the 9Magic *assword: <ow I had to go in search of the perfect password. This involved letters and numbers and one non+ alphanumeric character. =rom e'perience I "new that various web accounts want to see a mi'ture of letters and numbers and some at least one non+alphanumeric character. On the other hand some systems re1ect some characters so the tric" would be to find something acceptable to all. I wanted to be comprehensive in the systems used and therefore e'perimented by setting up the following accounts% #oogle, *icasa 8eb, #oogle Maps, 7ouTube, >logger, 8ordpress, Twitter, 8i"ispaces, =lic"r,
=aceboo", Stumbleupon, Springpad, Tumblr This all went well until I got to Stumbleupon, which did not li"e the ? -hyphen. in the password. <ow I had to go bac" and chec" that all the systems would allow a password with no non+ alphanumeric character. 3uc"ily this wor"ed and I finally had the perfect password. Unfortunately I cannot publish this here but anyone wishing to emulate this% choose a memorable but not too obvious combination of letters and numbers. I have been using this system to great effect for some time now and the time ta"en to set up before a session pays dividends when it comes to the session. Unfortunately the switch to (! #oogle accounts ma'imum for a #oogle $pps account was a bit of a blow but anyone with the &! user version prior to the switch got to "eep their &! accounts. ;owever, I needed more than that and I have in fact now created hundreds. 3uc"ily I was able to convince #oogle to give us the 5ducation 5dition which has unlimited user accounts. I have used the 9magic password: approach many times over in many different situations from community sessions to SM5@s and from a University in 4ienna to a forest in *oland. The ability to smooth the progress of a session by creating web .!! and social media accounts in advance is very useful. The unlimited accounts in #oogle $pps 5ducation 5dition is the foundation for this since an email account is the fundamental re2uirement to setting up and verifying a variety of accounts. This might mean that the process I describe is not replicable for someone with no access to #oogle $pps 5ducation. ;owever there are other ways of creating multiple email accounts such as purchasing a domain name. $lternatively one could set up a batch of google accounts and ta"e it from there. This would be slightly more long winded but it would wor". Steve Thompson 0ommunity 5ngagement 0oordinator Social 5ntrepreneur in 6esidence $mbassador to /igital Inclusion 5% s.d.thompsonAtees.ac.u" 8% http%BBdigitalcityinnovation.comB 8% http%BBsteve+thompson.org.u"
APPENDIX B - Informal Community Media Courses.
For more info email email@example.com [A] Creating Online Content. A fun and informal look at Images, Blogs, Maps and Wikis using only free and simple tools. We’ll look at simple image manipulation and management and how to get photo galleries online. We’ll also look at blogs and wikis and online maps and how to tie all these things together. You will learn how to create an online diary or website for your self or a club so that you can share pictures and stories around the world or just with your family. Alternatively you can create information resource, say a set of recipes for yourself and/or others to enjoy. [B] Cloud Computing. Learn to use of free online software for writing documents and making presentations that you can keep private, share with others or even collaborate on. Take control of your computing experience and set things up so that wherever in the world you log on you will be presented with the same screen making all your usual links available. Collect content from other sites into one place. [C] Social Media and Networking. A fun and informal look at Social Media and other such buzzword subjects. Maybe you’ve dabbled with these things or maybe you’re afraid to dip your toes in. Don’t worry, we will only share and network between participants in the workshop. If you decide this is not for you then you can simply forget about your social media accounts or even delete them. If you like them you can personalize the accounts and develop them further, the world’s your onion! We’ll look at the obvious contenders like Facebook and Twitter but also some lesser-known things like Stumbleupon, Diigo, Springpad and Tumblr. [D] Digital Audio and Podcasting. Learn how to record and edit digital audio. You'll be able to experiment with effects and we'll look at how you can digitise your old record collection or cassette tapes and restore and improve the sound. We'll compile recordings and look at producing podcasts (Internet Radio). As usual we'll only be using simple free tools that you can download and use at home.
[E] Digital Video and Vodcasting. Learn how to capture video simply and effectively and use simple tools to edit your footage and put it all together to make a finished film. We'll show you how to put your videos online and create your own TV station. We'll only use free tools online and offline so you can easily do this at home. You may become the next Spielberg but for now we'll keep it simple and fun.
[F] Digital Story Telling. This is a relatively new art form usually comprising still images and an audio track to create a compelling movie. This is a quite simple but effective way of telling a story and you will learn how to make your own digital stories using images from your family collection. This contains elements of Digital Audio and Digital Video (above) but we'll show you how to script and develop your story into a digital story.
[G] Simple Animation. Learn how to make a simple but effective animation using techniques you can take home to your children or grandkids. From set building to character design you'll learn very simple stop-frame animation and work in teams to produce and animated classic !
[H] Digital Music. Don't worry if you can't play a note, we'll show your simple online tools for music making which you could also use in you digital film making. We'll also explore the world of free virtual instruments and experiment with free sequencers and effects.
[I] Virtual Worlds and Movie Making. Explore a virtual world and learn how to become a Hollywood mogul without spending a penny. This a lot of fun but you'll also develop some the skills needed in a major production. Most of all it's going to take teamwork to bring that production in on time. A close relative to animation, making movies in 3D worlds or games engines is also known as Machinima
Social Media and Social Networking.
This is a new informal course for October. Find out what all the fuss is about. This is a fun and informal look at Social Media and other such buzzword subjects. Maybe you’ve dabbled with these things or maybe you’re afraid to di your toes in. !t’s all "uite sim le and we’ll re#arrange online accounts to take that old assword remembering hassle out of the e"uation. !f you decide this is not for you then you can sim ly forget about your social media accounts or even delete them. !f you like them you can ersonalize the accounts and develo them further$ the world’s your onion% &e’ll look at the obvious contenders like Facebook and Twitter but also some lesser# known things like Stumbleu on$ 'iigo$ S ring ad and Tumblr. !f you’re not sure what the terms mean don’t worry$ all of these things hel you to discover e(citing web content and share it and we’ll show you how. The new course will run on Thursday mornings with one#hour tutor led sessions from )* am to ))am followed by one#hour self#directed e( loration with a tutor available.
Online Content Creation.
This is a new informal course for October. This is a fun and informal look at !mages$ +logs$ Ma s and &ikis using only free and sim le tools. &e’ll look at sim le image mani ulation and management and how to get hoto galleries online. &e’ll also look at blogs and wikis and online ma s and how to tie all these things together. !f you’re not sure what the terms mean don’t worry$ we’ll be showing you how to create an online diary or website for your self or a club so that you ca share ictures and stories around the world or just with your family. ,lternatively you can create information resource$ say a set of reci es for yourself and-or others to enjoy. !t’s all "uite sim le and we’ll re#arrange online accounts to take that old assword remembering hassle out of the e"uation. The new course will run on &ednesday afternoons with one#hour tutor led sessions from . m to / m followed by one#hour self# directed e( loration with a tutor available.