Thursday, January 31, 2008

STUG Podcast in Full Swing

This is definitely big news. I'll start by explaining how this all got started.

I have been heavily involved in the Student Tablet Users Group from the beginning. Actually, I helped found it. One of our projects that we had on our wish list for last semester was to release instructional videos. This would be a combination of screen casts and other instructional material.

I'm very excited to say that this has become a reality!

Tablet Tips can be found on both YouTube and Blip.TV
http://youtube.com/SpeedSTUG
http://tablettips.blip.tv

The podcast is just really getting started. I'm sad to say the production quality is quite poor. All of the recording is done using my sub-standard webcam. The Logitec Notebook Pro is the exact camera. It can record 640 by 480 video at a full frame rate but doesn't have the crisp looking video of the professional podcasts I enjoy watching.

For having a current budget of $0 and having spent $0, I'm really proud at the quality of what STUG has produced. I'm also excited that the website is slowly morphing into a decent looking video and informational hub for tablet information.

There is still a long way to go. Currently there are a few episodes in planning stages. Steven is working on getting a tablet to configure Linux under and then have a tutorial on the correct way to get everything running. I'm going to review my Toshiba M405 soon and hopefully some OneNote tutorials will be in the near future soon.

Long term goals (long term as hopefully before the end of the semester) is to have some videos directed toward future speed school students and parents of those students. Maybe even having a brief video for show at orientations.

So far this project has been very successful and I hope that it can continue.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

STUG Website Launched

While this isn't breaking news, it is important enough to mention. More important than mentioning is the linking to the site. Student Tablet Users Group

Here is what is going on. STUG has its own Drupal install for managing everything tablet. Right now the content isn't very strong, but hopefully it will expand as time goes on. However, there are two important things that are already on the site.

First, the Journal Note template for doing EAC homework on a tablet. This is available for download and all of the professors are letting students use this as an alternative to the old paper methods of doing homework.

Next, the first edition of Tablet Tips is posted. While this isn't the best quality production, it does explain how to use the Journal template to do the EAC homework.

The Journals template and the edition of Tablet Tips can be found here.

This is looking to be a very successful semester for STUG.