Hawaii in October for Podcamp?

Ok, who wants to go play in Hawaii? I met Rox, from Beach Walks with Rox, at the Podcast and New Media Expo in 2007. She shared information about creating a vodcast series.
Rox is on the video below talking about the upcoming Podcamp and Wordcamp event in Honolulu on Oct. 24-25, 2008. Rox is walking on Kailua Beach on the windward side of Oahu. My brother and his family actually live off of this beach.

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Section 508 Standards

Our center is funded by NIEHS and there is now much talk about being Section 508 compliant.

Section 508 requires that when Federal agencies develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology, Federal employees with disabilities have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access and use by Federal employees who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency. Section 508 also requires that individuals with disabilities, who are members of the public seeking information or services from a Federal agency, have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that provided to the public who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency.

I now will be reviewing the various web sites coming out of our center.  There are tools that check accessibility, such as A-Prompt.

Jeff reminds us that adding words to your audio or video podcast is a good idea because:

  1. it makes your podcast accessible to the over one million deaf people in the United States, and over 28 million people that suffer from some sort of hearing loss
  2. it can be used as a tool for people learning English as a second language and those working to improve their literacy skills
  3. it can be viewed by people on their computer or mobile media device in places where the audio would be intrusive or they did not have or could not use headphones (i.e. @ work)

Science Blogs

How do we get scientists involved with new technology? Perhaps we should start with blogging. It’s easy, free, and many scientists have much to share with others.

I see there is great interest in this area, and I may have to try to get out to North Carolina in January for ScienceOnline’09.

ScienceOnline’09 is the third annual science blogging conference in North Carolina. It will take place Jan. 16-18, 2009 at the Sigma Xi Center in Research Triangle Park. It’s free and open to all scientists, bloggers, educators, students, journalists and others who want to explore science communication on the Web. See the conference wiki for program details and more. Register here starting Sept. 15.

So, why isn’t there something like this out west?

Behind this Blog

I was recently interviewed by Jana Zvibleman from the Research Office at Oregon State University.

The audio below is 10 minutes long talking about the outreach program and what we have and will be doing with new technology.

Learn more about Naomi Hirsch, the Environmental Health Sciences Center Community Outreach and Education Program, The Hydroville Curriculum Project, or Unsolved Mysteries of Human Health.

Keep an Eye Out for Podcamps

Professional development and gaining experience from others is so important when it comes to podcasting and new media applications. When you go to a conference of podcasters, the energy and passion makes it worthwhile alone.

At Universities, and especially when we are on grant money, money for travel and conferences is limited. A free opportunity to learn about podcasting is at Podcamps.

A PodCamp is a usually free BarCamp-style community UnConference for new media enthusiasts and professionals including bloggers, podcasters, YouTubers, social networkers, and anyone curious about new media.

PodCamp isn’t just about podcasting! If you’re interested in blogging, social media, social networking, podcasting, video on the net, if you’re a podsafe musician (or want to be), or just someone curious about new media, then please join us — and bring a friend or colleague.

Especially of interest to me is PodcampEdu, which is designed for educators. Check out the web site and locations. I might have to go down to San Fran this winter!

Collaborative Writing Projects with Google

Google Docs may be something valuable to try for our collaborative writing projects.  Watch the video to learn more.

Here is more information and resources for Google Docs.

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