iPhoto ’09 and Homework/Projects

I could not help but think of the homework/projects I had/made when I was in grammar school, junior high school, high school, and college while watching the live feeds of Apple’s MacWorld 2009 keynote. The moment two words were said my mind practically exploded with ideas — Indiana Jones.

Anyone that has seen the Indy films gets a warm feeling knowing they’re ‘going somewhere’ to see something cool and/or exciting.

With iPhoto’s inclusion of Faces and Places (using Google Maps) a new method of presentation will become widely available and easily collaborative.

Here are key points to consider:

  • Camera phones have GPS built in and people take many pictures with their phone.
  • There has been an increase of camera phone activity on sites such as Flickr. Statistics can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/cameras/
  • More and more cameras are including GPS as a feature.
  • Adding names to photos is now a collaborative experience and will sync off-line.
  • iPhoto can export as a QuickTime file which means slide shows, er movies, can be uploaded to sites like YouTube.
  • Closed Captioning is now a feature available on sites like YouTube (blogfaq) which will allow for the presentation of a slide show/movie in multiple languages.
  • Stepping into the 3rd dimension is freely available with Google Earth.
  • Blogs are widely available for free – ex: wordpress or blogspot.
  • Micro-blogs are also widely available for free and can be updated from cell phones – ex: twitter or jaiku.
  • Audio to text recording sites are available for free – jott or spinvox. These sites allow a user to call a number, record a message, and then have it delivered to their Inbox, blog, etc. The user can also log-on afterward and download the message to their computer.

Keep in mind these are just some key points to consider as computing becomes more ubiqoutus and meta-data becomes an after thought.

So… A student decides to document something for a course project one random weekend. What will they need to take with them for this epic adventure so they chronicle everything? A cell phone with a built-in camera.

They will be able to call in notes, send thoughts via text, snap pictures – tagged with GPS data – of important items, and even record a video clip of the area. When then get home logon to their computer and mash it all together into one B. E. A. U. Ti. Ful digital project.

For those tactile users out there… Scrap all the video from the project and print it out in book format with your maps, blogs, text messages, and pictures in one or multiple languages.

A for presentation.

A for content.


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