Knowledge Bites webinar series

In 2020-21 the New Media program is offering a series of free Zoom conferences that focus on specific digital skills, from how to code an HTML game to how to make a meme with Photoshop to how to create your first 2d animation. These are not Powerpoint lectures but guided, hands-on exercises that students can do at school or at home on their laptops.

Discover New Media Careers
Thursday 28 January 2021
10-11am EST
Zoom webinar

Given that there are more jobs than candidates in new media, the problem is not landing a job so much as choosing from among the many fields that require those skills. This webinar shows participants how to find and get jobs that make creative use of digital media and computing.

The presenters will be recent graduates of the University of Maine’s New Media program who work in fields as diverse as user experience design, web development, and social media marketing. While their companies are based everywhere from Utah to Switzerland, many work remotely from their homes in the New England area.

Our alumni will answer questions such as:

• What skills are employers looking for these days?
• Is it more useful to cold-email my CV or cultivate my LinkedIn profile?
• How are people interviewing and hiring under COVID?
• Do I have to move to an urban center to get a job, or has remote work changed that?

Interested high school staff and students can register for free.

Code a Simple Mobile App
Tuesday 8 December 2020 Completed
Thursday 10 December Completed
11am to noon EST
Zoom webinar

Scavenger Hunt appNow that most Internet traffic takes place on mobile devices, the skills needed to code an iPhone or Android app are in high demand. This workshop for high school and community college staff and students will walk participants through the creation of a cross-platform app in the form of a scavenger hunt. This app could be used to motivate students to find items of interest in a physical location (a nearby park) or online site (a museum website).

The app will be based on the free, versatile React Native framework used by Facebook, Instagram, and other prominent companies. Participants will learn the basics of React Native’s HTML-like tags, customize them to fit their objective, and test-drive this new app on their own Android or iOS device.

The workshop leader will be New Media professor Jon Ippolito, who teaches the curriculum’s courses on web and mobile development.

A laptop and recent smartphone are all that is required. The webinar will show participants how to use Expo Snack, a code editor that works entirely online, and that allows users to view their app on the Web or on their phone via a QR code. We recommend that you install the free, lightweight Expo Client app for your iPhone or for your Android phone before the webinar, though you can follow the process without the app.

Some coding experience, preferably in HTML, CSS, and/or JavaScript, is recommended. Anyone who wants to learn more after the session can take advantage of 14 interactive React Native tutorials from the University of Maine’s Just-in-Time Learning platform.

Interested staff and students can register for free.

Make Memes on Your Phone
Date to be announced
Zoom webinar

Photoshop Mix

Apart from a means of entertainment and persuasion, memes can be an engaging way to teach techniques for editing digital images. Creating a meme also reveals how easy it is to manipulate appearances with readily available tools, which can prompt a conversation about the historical misuse of such techniques in the service of disinformation or censorship.

This workshop shows participants how to edit one photo into another seamlessly using just a few apps on your iPhone or Android phone. Although the desktop version of Photoshop is a costly application, this workshop will show participants how to use a number of specialized Photoshop apps for smartphones that Adobe makes available for free.

More information will be provided closer to the date. And anyone who wants to learn more graphic design after the session can take advantage of free Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials from the University of Maine’s Just-in-Time Learning platform.

Interested staff and students can register for free at a link to come. For more information, contact us.

FAQ

Who should attend these webinars?

Knowledge Bites webinars are targeted at high school and community college students and staff who are looking to improve their digital skills.

What’s the cost?

They’re free.

Who are the presenters?

Each webinar is led by a faculty member of the New Media program at the University of Maine. New Media majors apply digital techniques and design skills to make projects in animation, digital storytelling, gaming, music, physical computing, video, and web and app development. Learn more at https://umaine.edu/newmedia.

What background or preparation is required?

Each webinar focuses on a different skill and so has different prerequisites. Most ask that you pre-install the tool used for the webinar on your computer or phone so you can follow along with the demo. All webinars use the Zoom videoconferencing platform.

Do I have to participate?

No, you can observe if you prefer.

What if I have questions during the webinar?

Depending on the number of participants, the presenter may be able to answer questions orally (via video) or in text (via the Zoom chat panel).

How do I get the Zoom link?

Just click on the “register” link for the appropriate webinar above. Complete the brief form and you’ll receive an email with a customized URL for the webinar.

The webinar is already full.

Email us (link below) with the webinar topic and general times you are available. If we get enough interest, we may schedule another time for the overflow.

I have other questions.

Please contact Jon Ippolito, a New Media faculty member who is helping to organize the series.