November 30, 2007
Jeremy Allaire, (the originator of a little program called ColdFusion), has published an outstanding treatise on the trends that he sees in online video. As a principal in Brightcove, one of the leading video delivery services in the U.S., Jeremy has a unique perspective on where video will be going in the near and long term. In Internet TV Platforms Come of Age, he takes a look at how the three major forces of community destination sites, ad driven sites, and network supported sites will all work together in the coming years to shape consumer expectations for online video.
(Thanks to John Dowdell for the link. JD is soliciting comments at his blog on this topic if you’d like to grab the ear of an Adobe employee.)
So, what does any of that have to do with education?
The key take-away for me in this arena is how consumer expectations will likely shift as the Web becomes more and more dependent on multi-media files of all kinds, particularly video, to engage and entertain consumers. In the coming years we in education can expect our own particular target audiences–teachers, students, parents, the community–to become more accustomed to an engaging experience that brings the world of the school right onto their networked device. How long will it be before parents will expect to attend PTA and school advisory meetings online? When will it become common place for teachers to record class sessions via video and deliver instruction to students who are absent, or who want to take an extra class, or instruction for students in specialized classes where instructors are scarce? I would argue that it will be sooner than you think, and based on the trends in the commercial, monetized space that Jeremy examines, we in education can expect to see demand from our constituents for similar experiences.
Jeremy also has one other gem that will impact education. In is summary he discusses the ways that the 3 forces at play will impact online communities and how they consume these new rich internet experiences.
One of the key insights from the last two years is that short-form online video does best when it’s placed in a context. The context could be created by pages in a website, comments from users, line-ups in a player, etc. Regardless of how it’s done, getting the context right means you can put the right video clips in front of a viewer, which makes everyone happy. We expect that contextual in-page video publishing will grow, and that it will be extended to slideshows and audio content as more and more rich media is brought out of silos and into the core of websites.
If your interests lie in how to better leverage the Web for delivery of content of significance in the education space this is an absolute must read.
October 24, 2007
Offers Adobe Flex Builder 2 to Students and Faculty at No Cost
SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 24, 2007–Adobe Systems
Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that it is offering
Adobe(R) Flex(TM) Builder(TM) 2 software at no cost to students and
faculty at educational institutions worldwide. The Flex Builder 2
integrated development environment (IDE) is part of a powerful toolset
for designing and developing rich Internet applications (RIAs), an
essential part of Web 2.0.
Web 2.0 technologies have spurred the development of RIAs that
enable data sharing, collaboration, user participation, social
networking, and more. Flex is the industry’s most advanced framework
for building cross-operating system RIAs for the Web. By offering Flex
Builder 2 at no cost, educational institutions will be able to improve
students’ and researchers’ knowledge of RIA development. With Flex 3,
currently in public beta, students will be able to extend their RIAs
to the desktop using Adobe(R) AIR(TM).
“By making it easier for educational institutions to adopt Flex 2,
we are ensuring that students and researchers are better equipped to
harness the power of Web 2.0 and RIAs,” said Peter Isaacson, vice
president of education marketing at Adobe. “It is clear that RIAs are
the future of Web development, and a strong skill set in RIA
development will serve students well in their careers.”
“As someone who teaches a Flex course, I applaud Adobe for helping
to provide the free software that will help professors better prepare
our students for the future,” said Yakov Fain, adjunct professor at
New York University. “People with Adobe Flex skills are already in big
demand in the industry, and this smart move will help to substantially
increase the number of Flex-enabled college graduates. We are pleased
to be among the first universities to offer this kind of coursework to
Flex applications can be commercially created and deployed today
with the free Flex 2 SDK, which includes the Flex compiler and the
ActionScript(TM) 3.0 libraries. Together, these elements provide the
modern, standards-based language and programming model used by leading
businesses to create RIAs deployed on the ubiquitous Adobe Flash(R)
Player. Beginning with the release of Flex 3 in early 2008, the Flex
SDK will be made available as open source, enabling developers to
extend and contribute to the source code for the Flex compiler,
components and application framework.
Pricing and Availability
Adobe Flex 2 will be available to qualified education end-users
for free download on Adobe.com in early November.
July 30, 2007
Our sessions at Camp re: Web 2.0 reminded me a presentation made at our Canadian conference, Leading Learning 2007 in Feb of this year, by Tim Hawes. Tim, by no small coincidence, is the Asst Manager IT of the Ottawa Carlton school board which has three schools involved with the Adobe Youth Voices project – he is very proactive, pro-student and open minded.
There are two links I think people will want to follow from his piece
– this is a wonderful film he showed that was created by Asst Prof Micheal Wesch, Kansas State University which really captures some of the idea of web 2.0
– these are Tim’s slides which will help to explain his point of view re: Web 2.0 and parts of it sound resoundlingly similar to what Kim Cavanaugh had to say. I hope all of this helps us better understand where we are going and how we’re going to somehow get there… and of course, all of this is still in beta form (LOL)