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Illinois Library Association Presentation: 2010


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This is the presentation Darren Thompson gave at the Conference

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Illinois Library Association Presentation: 2010

  1. 1. Offering Advanced Technology  for At-Risk Young Adults: Pros and Cons Darren Thompson Mgr. IT, Tech & YA Programming [email_address] & Jim Nelson Technology Assistant
  2. 2. Why even consider offering advanced/non-traditional technologies? There’s a need….
  3. 3. The Need <ul><li>eSchool News article Solving the STEM Education Crisis </li></ul>“ Recent results from the Program for International Student Assessment suggested the top-performing U.S. high school students were bested by students from at least 20 other nations in math and science.” http:// /
  4. 4. The Need Cont’d <ul><li>eSchool News article Survey: Women, minorities need STEM encouragement </li></ul>“’ Almost eight in 10 of our survey respondents say women and underrepresented minorities are missing because they were not encouraged to study STEM fields early on,’ said Bayer Corp. President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Babe.” http:// /?ast=17
  5. 5. The Tech Annex
  6. 6. <ul><ul><li>Video production </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio production </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3D modeling and animation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Robotics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital photography </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graphic and fine arts </li></ul></ul>Resources in The Tech Annex Allow for:
  7. 7. <ul><li>The Tech Annex was made possible by generous donations from the Friends of the Blue Island Public Library and by the support of the past and present Library Boards and Directors. We appreciate their continued support of the Annex. </li></ul>
  8. 8. How Did We Pull This Off? <ul><li>MS in Computer Science: Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL), UIC </li></ul><ul><li>Gaming Company, Software Engineer </li></ul><ul><li>Motion Capture Studio, Mocap Specialist </li></ul><ul><li>High School District, Network Analyst and supported TV Production, Art and Music Labs </li></ul><ul><li>Bachelor in Fine Arts </li></ul><ul><li>Published Comic Books </li></ul><ul><li>Video Production/Editing </li></ul><ul><li>Teaches 2D Animation </li></ul><ul><li>Web Design </li></ul>Darren Jim
  9. 9. EVL: Where Scientists and Artists Collaborate Computer Aided Virtual Environment (CAVE) – Holodeck Prototype LambdaVision: 55 Monitors With 155,000,000 Pixel Display Varrier: 35 Panel Auto-Stereo Display
  10. 10. Role of Libraries in the Future: Interactive Flexible Spaces Aarhus Public Library, Denmark http:// =TpFO_L_jA1c USC 2007 Library of the Future Awards Ceremony http:// =xPRAKpT6u6Y
  11. 11. Video Production Resources Include : <ul><ul><li>Five video cameras with tripods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lights and reflector </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green screen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wireless and non-wireless mics and mixers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reference monitors – used for quality of sound </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two seats of Adobe CS4 Production Premium </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Five seats of Adobe Premier Elements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DVD and VHS players with capture cards – used to capture home movies and videos </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Some Teen Video Production Projects As of Sep 2010 , we have over 130 videos uploaded to YouTube. Teens Creating The Machinima: “Lock Your Doors” http:// =T5_DrlANsso “ This Has Been a Tech Annex Production: The Monkey King” http:// =-4ZypWypuU4 Brit and Ethan’s Machinima: “Grand Theft Oddity” http:// =bB5lKwSDMok
  13. 13. Audio Production Resources Include: <ul><ul><li>Four mixers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Headphones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PA System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10 microphones with stands </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Five portable self-contained microphones – allow for easy off-site recording </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yamaha Keyboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Five guitars and a Cajon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Three guitar pedals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Three amps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full Roland electronic drum set </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Six seats of FL Studio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audacity is loaded on all computers </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Example Audio Production Projects Joey Nava using the four Zoom Q3s and our acoustic guitar http:// =qc9FnchLNnc David Jackson using FL Studio, TAB President Sample This: Open Studio Recording Program Lena Smith Recording a StoryPod
  15. 15. Graphic and Fine Arts Resources Include: <ul><ul><li>Two Wacom Bamboo Tablets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two Adobe Photoshop Pro and Illustrator seats and five seats of Photoshop Elements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gimp, Paint.NET and Inkscape installed on all computers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Canvases and various other surface mediums </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Charcoal and drawing pencils with shaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prismacolor pencils </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional oil and water-based pastels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharpie markers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional acrylic paints with brushes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Four easels </li></ul></ul>Wacom Bamboo Tablet A sample of fine art materials
  16. 16. 2nd Rate Productions http:// = FTEO_leJiTA
  17. 17. 3D Modeling & Animation Lavell Short using Google SketchUp Pro to model our museum in 3D and create “fly-throughs” http:// =U-ppzcqil7M We use Google SketchUp Pro for 3D since it’s easy to use and more intuitive than most 3D applications. We use Scratch and Flash for 2D animations. Due to the 3D Museum project, we were featured in Chicago TimeOut.
  18. 18. Robotics We use Lego Mindstorms NXT for robotics-focused activities. This is one of the more “involved” activities available to the teens and requires critical thinking and promotes an interest in STEM.
  19. 19. Digital Photography We use the Canon Rebel XTi 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera. We teach teens how to correctly take pictures, types of lenses, manual camera settings and about long-term exposure. The camera also allows for creative programs such as stop-motion animation. Long-term exposure Stop-Motion animation using the camera, green screen and Adobe Premier Pro
  20. 20. What are some of the pros and cons to offering these types of resources?
  21. 21. The Cons <ul><li>Noise, noise, noise </li></ul><ul><li>Environment can become chaotic </li></ul><ul><li>Issues with keeping teens on task </li></ul><ul><li>Projects can take a long time to finish </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to manage all the equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Hard to find staff who can effectively use the equipment </li></ul>
  22. 22. The Pros <ul><li>Not all students can enroll in TV Production, art, music or CAD classes – can see if they’re interested </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes creative thinking and an interest in STEM </li></ul><ul><li>Teens grow as a person and mentor others </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Increased potential for new programs and services </li></ul><ul><li>Staff and community can utilize the same equipment – which in turn promotes partnerships </li></ul>
  23. 23. Current Partnerships <ul><li>Economic Development Dept. </li></ul><ul><li>Police Department </li></ul><ul><li>Local Schools </li></ul><ul><li>City Hall </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Citizens Dept. </li></ul><ul><li>Chamber of Commerce </li></ul><ul><li>Historical Society </li></ul><ul><li>WDDE Channel 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Chicago Teen Museum </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Visualization Laboratory, UIC </li></ul>
  24. 24. Latest Addition: Historical Preservation Studio <ul><li>Resources Include : </li></ul><ul><li>Video/audio production station </li></ul><ul><li>Flatbed scanner </li></ul><ul><li>Film and slide scanner </li></ul><ul><li>Canon 50D 15.1 digital </li></ul><ul><li>SLR camera for large-format objects </li></ul><ul><li>4 ceiling-mounted video </li></ul><ul><li>cameras/audio recorders </li></ul>
  25. 25. Historical Preservation Studio
  26. 26. Impact of the Tech Annex on Its Community Video