Monday, June 23, 2014

One day we will sing a solar song

Friday, June 6, 2014

Podcasting and Online Radio

In the last lesson at the Web2.0 and Social Media Learning Opportunity at the NLS participants learnt about Podcasting and Online Radio from the Information Management Resource Kit (iMark).

A podcast is an audio file that one can upload on the internet through a website or indeed a blog, where other people can download or listen to at any time they wish to do that, this includes on portable devices like mobile phones and tablets. It was learnt that podcast can be produced as easily. Mobile phones, computers and usually digital recorders can be used to record media which could be in the form of interviews, live broadcasts and other functions.

There may be need to edit some of the recorded files to make them nice for the targeted audience.  It must be noted that the recorded media maybe in many formats depending on the equipment used to record it as such it is necessary to put it in formats that are easily played on many players most preferably mp3 format.  Once you have created your podcast it is necessary to build your audience by sharing your link to the pod-casts so that people can access them either through pod catchers or rss feeds.

This was another eye opener to all the participants

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Web 2.0 and Social Media Training

This week I am at the National Library Service in collaboration with CTA organised, Nicholas Kimolo facilitated workshop where among other things we have learnt how to do advanced searches on the internet, how to curate media that you are interested in using scoopit, how you can get news delivered to you rather than spending time looking for it using feedly how you can do quick survey (most interesting for me) using Google Drive and many other nice things. While many people still struggle keeping their files in many locations participants have been reminded that they can keep they files in the "cloud" using tools like Dropbox. Through skype and hangouts participants learnt that they can hold even video conference calls and make presentations remotely. Participants have also learnt online mapping where one can tag projects and locations as shown here. And hey please fill in this questionnaire on the demand for testing services for Malawi Bureau of Standards Every one seems happy that they are learning new things that they could not imagine that the internet could achieve. 

The training was opened by the Chairman of NLS Sheik Chabulika in the presence of the National Librarian and some Board Members. 
The National Librarian making his speech during the opening ceremony, Sheik Chabulika (3rd left)
The video attached is an example of how videos can also be added to blogs, below the facilitator is helping a participant

Just for Fun


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