Thanks for being here today everyone.My name is John Hamerlinck, I run the Center for Digital Civic Engagement at Minnesota Campus Compact .We started the project 18 months ago to provide a resource for sharing information on the study and practice of 1) the innovative use of digital technologies to support civic engagement in higher education and 2) service-learning in online teaching.I’m going to cover LOTS of stuff in this hour. Don’t worry if you don’t write something down. We’ll be sending an email to all registrants with:a link to a brief evaluationA link to the recording of this webinar andA link to a PDF version of these slides that I’ll make available for a week or so.OK let’s get started.
You are comfortable with computer technology.
You are comfortable with augmented reality
Other possibilities unnerve you.
As this mashable.com infographic shows, in instances where engagement means mobilization, it’s a whole new ballgame – social media is a primary source of information, not an add-on or afterthought. We must, therefore plan for acting in the world the way it is today.
What is the landscape of our technologically augmented world and how might we leverage that reality to make civic engagement more effective?Two key factorsSocial mediaMobile phones, specifically texting
Why social media and civic engagement?Maybe the most important thing to take away todayDuncan Watts new book, Everything is Obvious, Once You Know the Answer
ClarShirky – Cognitive Surplus - Create and share
So phones are omnipresentThey’re intuitive for many people to useThey facilitate preferred methods of communication (texting, social media)And even the simplest of them are packed full of useful life-mediating tools
97everybody knows this, but what does it really mean? It means that every student has a camera for taking photos and video, an audio recorder, probably a GPS device, many have web access – REALITY IS NOW MEDIATED BY INFORMATION AVAILABLE IN YOUR POCKET OR PURSE.38Everyone does not have a smartphone, but the number is higher for college students.80This is really significant, especially if you are thinking about gathering mapped dataThe other 80 is perhaps most crucial to understand for our purposes today. Text messaging is becoming a preferred method of communication for an increasing portion of the population. We need to begin incorporating it into our civic engagement activity.
Things you can do starting tomorrow
Storifyis a way to tell stories using social media such as Tweets, photos and videos. You search multiple social networks from one place, and then drag individual elements into your story. You can re-order the elements and also add text to give context to your readers.
Of course documenting events with phones can also be the core activity of the civic engagement itself.Here’s an example, Megafone.net is a platform which uses mobile phones, or ‘digital megaphones’, to create webcasts to amplify the voices of individuals and groups who are often overlooked or misrepresented in mainstream media. The concept is a communal one. One ‘megaphone’ is shared by up to four participants who meet in weekly editorial meetings to discuss the content of the webcastsPeople in long lines at the Consulate of Nicaragua in San Jose, Costa Rica
Immediate group photo albumsA bunch of people at the same place taking photos of different things
Most useful social media technologies are not simply great tools out of the boxSome require MASH-UPs
There are countless examples of Google maps mash-ups. This blog is a good place to get a sense of what’s possible.There is a learning curve, but its not too horribly difficult. Programmable web has a pretty good tutorial.The key to one device or program interacting with another is the API. It serves as an interface between different software programs and facilitates their interaction, similar to the way the user interface facilitates interaction between humans and computers.
This site offers a community-driven resource to allow people to locate safe bathrooms within their communities. Gender neutral and single stall bathrooms can benefit others as well: parents with children, those with access or mobility needs and those who desire extra privacy are a few who may benefit.
If you are familiar with Google docs, then you know that spreadsheets, polling, word processing are easily shared online.This is also true if you are accessing the Web via mobile phone.
Text consultationDistance learning – apps, video, self-help groupsHelping people without addressesChronic condition monitoringRemote diagnosticsPrevention information
A new device called NETRA is a cheap, small clip-on tool for mobile phones. Developed by the Camera Culture Group at the MIT Media Lab, NETRA works by having users look through a camera lens and align images on a display screen until the images come into focus. Netra is a $2 clip-on eyepiece that goes on top of a cell phone. The user looks through this eye piece and interactively aligns the displayed patterns by clicking the buttons. The number of clicks required to bring the patterns into alignment indicates the refractive error.
QR (quick response) Codes applications aimed at mobile phone users known as mobile taggingQR codes are meant to be a call for actionThe Geo-Historian project at Kent State University plans to put students to work creating multimedia content about historic sites. The technology behind this idea is a program that ties the information to a QR code. Then you could leave that QR code on, say, the memorial commemorating the 1970 Kent State shootings. Visitors could get access to the student-produced audio and video clips by scanning the bar code with their cell phone cameras.
The next big thing?Some manufacturers already between $150-$200
CrowdsourcingThese sites offer a variety of features:Data VisualizationsCompare uploaded ideas with original ideas Word cloud of ideas weighted by score Number of votes over time Crowdmap, for example, allows you to collect information from cell phones and the web - then aggregates them on a single platform and allows you to visualize iresults on a map.There is nothing to install and, of course, its FREE.
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New issue-specific applications are available every day. Sometimes you know exactly what you’re looking for.For example. . . Food Mover connects people with surplus food with people who are feeding the hungry.Other times you need a place to go to get ideas around specific issues.LikeMinded is a beta project of the Craigslist Foundation that hopes to do for community-building, what Craigslist has done for local buying and selling.
Google SMS Search 466453CalendarGmailGoogle voiceBroadtexter – fan clubGroupMe.com – conference call texting – participate with a computer tooScanR - PDFsPoll Everywhere free up to 30 respondentsBlogger – value of blogs
If you are doing remote field work or international work. FrontlineSMS turns a laptop and mobile phone into a two-way group messaging hub. There’s no need for an Internet connection.
1. Ask someone on campusMegan Voorhees, Director, Cal Corps Public Service Center contacted me to say that she works with a faculty member at UC Berkeley who has started a Center to Incubate “Social Apps”…apps that help to address social issues. He has offered to create apps for our work if we can come up with suggestions for what would be helpful.
Most mobile app development tools cost something, but there are an increasing number of free tools being made availableApp inventor (describe)Appmakr is a browser-based platform designed to make creating your own iPhone app quick and easy.DYI is not totally free – you will need to pay for a developer account ($99) to be able to test your App.
Facebook causes application, must be a registered nonprofit to useChipin creates a website widget, uses paypalChipIn does not charge any fees to organizers and contributors of events that send payments directly to the Organizer’s PayPal account. However, PayPal Premier or Business accounts may be subject to fees from PayPal.There is a Facebook app for ChipIn
OK, here is something that folks always ask about so I’ve included it here , even though it isn’t free.Text-to-Give
Fall 2011 tech tools
Using Free Technologies to Support Effective Campus-Community Partnerships<br />Image: www.explodingdog.com<br />
You already know . . .<br />2/3 of the global population visit social networking sites<br />2+ billion YouTube videos <br />are viewed a day<br />65+ million tweets a day<br />
51% of U.S. residents aged 12 and older have<br />a profile on facebook.<br />http://hasai.com<br />Arbitron/Edison Research, “The Infinite Dial 2011: Navigating Digital Platforms,” April 2011<br />
“Social media<br />is a universe<br />not a set of tools”<br />- John Haydon<br />"Forest fires<br />aren't spread by influential trees.”<br />- Duncan Watts<br />Image: jacobtyler.com<br />
I’d rather text.<br />Source: www.onlineitdegree.com/cell-phone-usage/<br />
Numbers<br />97<br />% of U.S. college students own a cell phone www.campustechnology.com/articles/57155<br />80<br />% of phones that will integrate GPS by the end of 2011 www.isuppli.com<br />% of people across all age groups who believe that they will get a quicker response from a text than from an email or voice message www.cellsigns.com<br />38<br />% of people who access the Internet via mobile phone www.pewinternet.org<br />Photo By Giana Milazzo, http://my.hsj.org/<br />
Image: www.phonemag.com<br /># mobile users > desktop internet users<br />by 2015<br />-- Morgan Stanley Research<br />
Photo Essays as Assessment<br />time sequences | locations | ideas | events<br />Useful Resource:<br />“10 tips to craft a photo essay” by Leonard Goh<br />http://asia.cnet.com/digitalliving/tips/0,3800004921,62053636,00.htm <br />
Key Informant Interviews<br />video or audio<br />first person voice<br />document process & outcomes<br />- comfort of interviewee<br />- be sincere<br />- be conversational<br />- open-ended questions<br />- listen (The phone just records; it doesn’t listen.)<br />Useful Resource:<br />"16 tips for making video interviews come alive" by Lindsay Oberst<br />http://www.socialbrite.org/2011/08/09/tips-for-telling-stories-on-camera/<br />
Data Collection<br />www.google.com/mobile/docs/<br />
Data Collection<br />www.rapidsms.org<br />Text message framework that manages data collection using basic mobile phones<br />Can present information on the Internet as soon as it is received<br />Not constrained to any particular kind of mobile device<br />End users don’t need to install any software on their phone<br />Free, but requires a little technical knowledge to set up<br />
cnet, "How to Use QR Codes"<br />http://www.5min.com/Video/How-to-Use-QR-Codes-268834323<br />QR Codes<br />Geo-Historian Project, Kent State University<br />www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsPRpQfHYOY <br />
Mobile Fundraising:<br />Text-to-Give<br />http://www.mgive.com<br />1 yr. contract, packages start at $199/month, plus a fee of .35 cents + 3.5% per text message gift<br />A beginner’s guide to mobile fundraising <br />http://www.socialbrite.org/2010/09/24/a-beginners-guide-to-mobile-fundraising/<br />