Month: January 2014

videos

After 2.5 years of production Middlesex Community College’s Corporate Media Center (CMC) has finished work on The Functions and Values of Wetlands and Watercourses.  The 48 minute video is a beautiful visual exploration of the functions and values of wetlands and watercourses, focusing on the key areas of hydrology, ecology and land use.  It also features the voice over talent of MxCC alumna Liz Parra as the voice of the narrator’s digital assistant.

It is the third and final video in the Municipal Inland Wetland Commissioners Training Program and was produced for the Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

The video took multiple staff, faculty and students to produce including:  Dan Nocera, Doug Rogers, Barbara Rogers, Rick Eriksen and Lloyd Langevin. Student production assistants included Hollie Kinney, Trent Jones, Basheer Troche, Lahcen Rachem, and Cindy Gerstl.

“This video is one of the most beautiful the Corporate Media Center has ever produced,” said Dan Nocera, corporate media producer.  “I can’t wait to enter it in the 2014 Telly Awards!

Watch the four-part video on YouTube.

 

A few weeks ago, we wrote about how a radio station is in the works at MxCC. Well, yesterday afternoon we found out that our application permit for a radio station was changed from “accepted” to GRANTED. So that means we have about 18 months to start broadcasting on the air! Now that we have the permit, our next step is to do a site survey at the transmitter/antenna site in Portland. We’ll need to figure out what’s needed and the costs before we can do anything else.

We will keep you updated throughout the next few months as we go through this process, so check back soon!

Could the questions and answers app Jelly be the next new thing in social media? Jelly launched just over a month ago and was created by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone. So now when people have questions, they don’t have to use a search engine–they can ask their friends!

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Because the app is so new (and none of my friends have it yet so it’s been a little lonely for me), users are still figuring out which questions to ask their friends. Well, this article from Mashable.com describes 12 creative ways that you can use Jelly, from playing I Spy with friends to translating languages to fundraising.

12 Creative Uses for Jelly, the Hot New Q&A App [mashable.com]
For those confused, this is not an article about grape spread. Jelly, the new questions and answers app helmed by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, is still, for the most part, a fringe app for the social media-obsessed.

Read the original article here.

Have you tried the Jelly app? Can you think of any another way to use this app?

randiplakecopyThe Center for New Media at MxCC is your source for all news on emerging technology and communication trends. This blog was written by Randi Plake, program assistant for the Center for New Media. She is passionate about social media and will gladly talk your ear off about it.

 

It seems that every day there is another advancement in technology, specifically mobile technology, that blows my mind! I personally love how fast technology is advancing, mostly because technology makes my life easier. And I know when I am traveling, I am always looking for ways to use technology to make my trip less stressful so I can sit back and enjoy my trip.

Well, Starwood Hotels is piloting a new project to make checking into hotels even easier. Two hotels are debuting keyless entry via smartphones that have an app that communicates via Bluetooth with the door to your hotel room. If the pilot is successful, the luxury hotel chain will roll this out to all its W and Aloft hotels.

Pilot Project Begins To Replace Your Hotel Key With Your Smartphone Using Bluetooth [techcrunch.com]
Soon enough you’ll be able to walk into a hotel, straight past the front desk and have your door open automatically for you without any extra effort required, thanks to a new pilot project by Starwood Hotels.

Read the original article here.

What do you think? Would you forgo card access for your mobile phone? Where else you do you think mobile technology can make life easier in 2014?

randiplakecopyThe Center for New Media at MxCC is your source for all news on emerging technology and communication trends. This blog was written by Randi Plake, program assistant for the Center for New Media. She is passionate about social media and will gladly talk your ear off about it.

 

About the Center

Middlesex Community College's Center for New Media is located in Middletown, CT.


The CNM offers innovative associate degrees in broadcast-cinema, graphic design, multimedia, and communication, as well as certificate programs in areas such as interactive entertainment, gaming, 3D animation, new media production, news and sports production, corporate media and web design.


We are a designated Center for Excellence in broadcast education and we prepare our students for jobs in the growing field of new media with a hands-on education.


Learn more about programs at MxCC's Center for New Media at www.mxcc.edu/cnm.


This project was funded by a grant awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.

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