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Unit 2

  1. 1. International School Of Milan How can we present information in an innovative and interesting manner? AOI: Community and Service, Human Ingenuity Vittoria Radaelli 11B 14
  2. 2. Contents Analysis ............................................................................................................................................................................... 3 Investigation ................................................................................................................................................................. 3 Design Brief................................................................................................................................................................... 7 Design Specification .................................................................................................................................................. 7 Test Plan ......................................................................................................................................................................... 7 Bibliography ................................................................................................................................................................. 7 Design.................................................................................................................................................................................. 7 Plan ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 7 Process Journal ................................................................................................................................................................ 7 Evaluation........................................................................................................................................................................... 7
  3. 3. Analysis Investigation In this investigation I will be explaining what the new unit is about and what exactly I will need to do. Furthermore I will talk about my guiding questions which have the purpose of making me reflect and think about what exact direction I am taking while projecting my final result. I think that I will start off by answering some of the most essential questions. What? What is this whole project about? I have been asked to pair up with two other people in my Technology class and form a “team”. We will have to create a radio program. Although, it must include some rather strict rules. For example it will have to be based on the school news. What I would like to do is interview different students and teachers and put all of the interviews together, mixing the voices and what they say. This is a particular good idea because it also reflects on the aim of my project. I think it is important for me to establish an aim right at the beginning. This is because I will have to work towards it. I will have a scope to all of my research, at the end in my evaluations I will be able to reflect on whether I have succeeded or not. The aim for my project will be discussed later on when I have finished to answer these questions. This project can last no more than twenty minutes, and the interesting thing is that we will able to create our own pieces of music. I will have to be very creative and original otherwise my audience will not go on and listen to my product. I At that stage I will also have to be very careful because I will have to select and remix only copyright free music, otherwise it is like I am stealing somebody else’s work and that is called plagiarism. A third question iswho? Who is going to be involved with this project? This project will be carried out by three people that compose my team. Elisa Hofmeister and Lucia Pusateri, I think that working with them will be a very good experience because not only I know that they are very creative people but because I think that I will also want to work on this project out of the school environment the fact that all of us live very close to each other will make it easier to organize ourselves. This will help me respect deadlines and I hope that Mr.Mariani, my Technology teacher, will see the amount of effort I am putting in this project. I really hope I can get better and improve under most areas. For example I would like my work to be organized better. In the sense that it would be much easier for the reader to understand the point if I divide every section as my teacher instructed us to do. As you can see I have different sections. Analysis is the first one and it is divided into sub-sections. The first one being this, investigation. By improving my organization skills throughout my work I will be able to apply the new skills also in other subjects. An example would be writing essays either in English, Italian or Spanish. Knowing the correct way to organize one’s ideas is the best way to have a clear work. Before I was talking about my aim. I will now have to discuss what my initial aim is and understand it’s possible flaws. I have decided that my radio must be directly related to my school motto: “For a world Without Frontiers”. I have also based my personal project on the same aim and this is giving me the opportunity to understand different ways to destroy the frontiers within our school community. By having a radio program that everyone is going to hear I think it is important to have certain elements that can be linked to the vast majority of the students. This is because it would give them the possibility to have something in common to talk about. Maybe by including some popular elements I could engage a lot of students from
  4. 4. grade seven all the way to grade thirteen. It will give the opportunity to everyone to relate with one another. My aim is in fact: “Design a radio program which will interrelate to all the students”. I am in fact looking at elements which can interest students and this leads me to talk about my guiding questions. A part of the investigation is finding some good guiding questions and answering them with my research. This will give me an in depth view of the project situation. This is because I will be able to understand what elements I will want to avoid and which I want to include. But also, what audience I am actually aiming for. Then there are some questions that point to a more specific part of the product. For example the software I will have to use. If there are any programs I will have to look at and install etc. My guiding questions are: 1. What programs could help me with sound? 2. Who am I aiming for? (Target Audience) 3. What elements do I want to include?What elements does a radio have to have? (Common entertainment radio station) 4. Who is interested in listening to radio stations now days? 5. How can I test my product at the end? 6. What is the Area Of Interaction for this project? Why is it that particular one? 7. How is the radio innovative?How can I make it more innovative? (By including what?) 8. What kind of music do people like best? (Depending on age ranges) 9. What news should I include that would make the product more interesting? Research that answers my guiding questions: 1. TinyVox Pro : With the TinyVox Pro app for iPhone and Android you can turn anything into a podcast like Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr. TinyVox Pro offers simple production elements and the ability to be mobile. For more information, see this article. Spreaker.com : Spreaker.com is not the first website devoted to helping people create their own radio shows and podcasts. But, it does provide some new tools for helping you share your audio on social networks. Plus with Spreaker you can even broadcast live and it's free. Read more. Blogtalkradio : Blogtalkradio is a Podcast and social networking site that offers a very easy way to create on-demand audio. PodBean.com : PodBean.com offers an easy way to publish your own audio and video podcast in 3 steps. There is not technology curve. You can share your podcast in Facebook, Myspace, Blogger, and other online destinations. PodOmatic : PodOmatic offers a basic and pro option. Basic provides easy tools, 500MB of storage and 15GB of bandwidth per month. Pro has more features for about $10/month. Find out more at the PodOmatic website.
  5. 5. Libsyn.com : Libsyn (Liberated Syndication) offers several levels of podcast syndication including storage space and an archive plan that promises to hold all your podcasts, unmetered bandwidth, and the ability to use your own domain, and more. WildVoice Studio : For those who are more inclined to create a website by registering their own domain and created audio files on their own terms, here's a piece of software you might want to look at. WildVoice Studio is a free Windows application that enables a professional-quality recording complete with theme music, special effects and prerecorded clips. I gathered this information from: http://radio.about.com/od/createyourownpodcast/ss/How-to-CreateYour-Own-Podcast-Make-Your-Own-Talk-Show-Music-Program-or-Audio-Stream_2.htm Also: http://radio.about.com/od/createyourownradioshow/ 2. As I said before, I am aiming to satisfy from grade 7 to thirteen. This might sound particularly difficult because there are many different tastes of music. I think that if there is a correct mix between old and new songs and that vary in type my audience will be satisfied. Helped by: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7oz8amEMqE 3. A normal radio station commonly has to do the following in order to be successful: Get Legal Permission: If you will be using your station to broadcast media that has a Creative Commons license, falls within the public domain, or that you hold the copyright to, then you don't need to worry about getting any legal permissions. However, if you're planning to play fully copyrighted media, you will first need to obtain a license from the person or company that holds the distribution rights. Many record labels fall within in the domain of "umbrella" licensing services, which save you the hassle of contacting each label individually. Examples of such services include BMI, LoudCity and SWCast. Licensing rules vary, but generally speaking, you can expect to pay a one-time fee that grants you unlimited playback of covered labels. Set Up A Server. Your audio server is the platform from which your playlists and podcasts are distributed to the Internet. To put it simply, the server takes audio data from a designated source and gives your listeners a way to connect to it. There are many different server software options available. Some examples include Shoutcast, Icecast, and Peercast. Ideally, you should have your server running on a separate computer than the one you use normally. This gives you the freedom to leave your server running indefinitely without any potential software conflicts.
  6. 6. Build A Website: Without a website, your radio station might as well not exist. A custom domain name will help you to brand your station and make it stand out from the crowd. The first thing visitors should see when visiting your website is the means for listening to your station. Providing a variety of listening options (such as both an embedded player and a streaming source they can access with their own desktop player) will help you to cater to your audience's preferences. You should also provide details about your station, such as what sort of content you play, a broadcast schedule, and contact information. Market Your Station: In order for your station to be successful, you need to spend some time focusing on marketing. For starters, talk about your station on your social networking accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook. Getting your friends to help spread the word is a good first step. If your station caters to a particular interest group or fanbase, link to your site on related forums. Depending on your station's content, you might also find it advantageous to hand out flyers or stickers at music stores or in your local community. Information from: http://smallbusiness.chron.com/need-successful-radio-station-32785.html And also: http://www.ask.com/question/what-equipment-do-i-need-to-start-a-radio-station FINISH THIS PART
  7. 7. Design Brief Design Specification Test Plan Bibliography Design Plan Process Journal Evaluation

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