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Maskwacis Cultural College Microlearning Series with Mary McDonald

Adult
Free

This is part of the Maskwacis Cultural College Microlearning Series and is open to the public.

These events are all online, upon registration a link will be emailed.


How to Make Instructional Videos 101

Thursday July 9, 2020

1:45-2:15 PM

Free

Join Mary McDonald, Digital Steward for Pinnguaq, to discuss and learn the key concepts for creating instructional videos. Mary will share learning theories and best practices for creating instructional videos. As well, Mary will demonstrate some of the tools she uses to make and edit educational videos. Some of the tools she will demonstrate include OBS Studio, a computer based free and open source video recording and streaming program and a mobile app, Videoleap. You can download these tools for free:

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Sound Editing with Audacity

Friday July 10, 2020

1: 45- 2:15 PM

Free

Audacity is a free, open source, cross-platform sound recording and editing and mixing program. This hands-on workshop will be of interest to people who are interested in podcasting, making and using field recordings, as well as music and sound art. Join Mary McDonald, Digital Steward for Pinnguaq to learn how to use Audacity for both recording and sound editing. Mary is currently in the process of mixing over 600 recorded fragments of WWI letters into a sound composition which will be mapped and geo-located. She is very interested in exploring the power of sound and place. You can download Audacity for free!

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How to Create WordPress Websites 101

Thursday July 16, 2020

1:45- 2:15 PM

Free

Join Mary McDonald, Digital Steward for Pinnguaq for this hands-on workshop to learn how to create a free WordPress website, built on and hosted by WordPress.com. We will cover the steps to creating a domain name, choosing a theme and setting up your own website. No experience necessary.

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Digital Arts 101(Part 1)

Friday July 17, 2020

1:45- 2:15 PM

Free

Join Mary McDonald, Digital Steward for Pinnguaq for this introductory hands-on digital art workshop. We will create Pixel art using the free, open source program Graphics Gale and the free online Pixel Art program, Piskel. Graphics Gale is not compatible for those with Mac computers. However, the online Piskel program offers the same 2D art opportunities with just slightly different tools and can be accessed by either PC or Mac. In this hands-on digital art workshop, Mary will demonstrate how to create with both programs so that you can create using the program that works best for you. Pixel art can be used to create 2D digital art, animated art and Sprites to bring into coding games, stories and art such as Scratch or other game programs. Mary will lead you through creating your own animated Sprite and finish with the steps to export that Sprite and import it into Scratch to create an interactive game or digital story.

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How to create WordPress Websites 102

Thursday July 23, 2020

1:45- 2:15 PM

Free

Join Mary McDonald, Digital Steward for Pinnguaq for this workshop to learn how to create your own hosted website. We will cover the steps from finding affordable solutions for creating a domain name and hosting your website to building a website using WordPress themes. Learn about the free plugins you need to keep your website safe as well as how to maintain and grow your site.

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Digital Arts 101 (Part 2)

Friday July 24, 2020

1:45- 2:15 PM

Free

Join Mary McDonald, Digital Steward for Pinnguaq for this hands-on workshop to learn how to create 3D art using the free open source 3D modelling program, Magica Voxel. Magica Voxel is a very accessible program to learn how to model in 3D and create 3D art. Create 3D Voxel art using a sculpture or a carving approach. No experience necessary.

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Times in Sound, Letters of War

Friday July 31, 2020

1:45- 2:15 PM

Free

Join Mary McDonald, Digital Steward for Pinnguaq as she unveils and presents her geo-located sound project, Times in Sound, Letters of War. This is her final research project for the Master of Educational Technology (MET) degree offered online through the University of British Columbia (UBC). Mary has drawn from the Canadian Letters and Images project of Vancouver Island University to create and map a database of WWI letters written to and from soldiers and their families who were located in southwestern Ontario, within 150 kms radius of London, Ontario. Mary explores the power of sound and place with this mapped and geolocated sound composition where fragments from the letters serve as both lyric and note.

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Coding with Scratch 101

Friday August 7, 2020

Friday August 14, 2020

1:45- 2:15 PM

Free

Part 1

Join Mary McDonald, Digital Steward for Pinnguaq, for this introductory hands-on session to creating games and digital stories using block coding in Scratch, a free online or offline coding program. Scratch is a wonderful free online or offline program you can use to learn how to code interactive games and stories. Using the Scratch Mix and Match cards that Mary has developed, learn how to animate and code your Sprites. Scratch can be used to create and share multilingual interactive games and stories. As you can also record sound in Scratch, this program offers the powerful opportunity to create and share games and stories to support and develop heritage language literacy.

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Part 2

Join Mary McDonald, Digital Steward for Pinnguaq for this hands-on workshop to learn how to create multilingual interactive stories, games and art using the block coding of Scratch. Move on to more advanced coding supported by the Scratch Mix and Match Mary has developed. Mary will demonstrate how to bring your own digital art and sound into Scratch to expand the possibilities offered by this simple to use but powerful creative program. Scratch can be used to create and share multilingual interactive games and stories to develop and support heritage language literacy.

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