Digital Challenge

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Tools

Piksel proposes to transfer the values of using Free/Libre technologies and the “how to” use a group of digital tools based on free/libre software/hardware, as well as to help BAS (students and teachers) to do the digital change.

To do that Piksel has chosen a group of recommended tools and will assist the students and teachers in their technical implementation by following up the development of the projects.

The initial recommended tools:

1. To do professional remote lectures:

 OBS, Open Broadcaster Software
 https://obsproject.com/
 Streaming video to different platforms (Youtube, others) where the lecturer can integrate slides, documents, webpages, different cameras, webcam, ...
 High performance real time video/audio capturing and mixing. Create scenes made up of multiple sources including window captures, images, text, browser windows, webcams, capture cards and more.
      

2. To video chat, students meeting with the professor, it can also be streamed and recorded if needed for farther consultation.

 Jitsi Meet
 https://jitsi.org/
 Multi-platform, open-source video conferencing
 Share your desktop, presentations, and more
 Invite users to a conference via a simple, custom URL
 Edit documents together using Etherpad
 Pick fun meeting URLs for every meeting
 https://bigbluebutton.org
 https://matrix.org/


3. To do a digital/physical exhibition to show the students work and make a proper opening with people:

 https://hubs.mozilla.com/

4. Showing architectural projects online, there are some environments on WEBGL very interesting to explore too:

 three.js
 https://threejs.org/
      

5. To have a unique/common place where to order and index all the info and work in progress, we recommend to use a wiki:

 WIKI
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki
 We use it in many projects:
 http://piksel.no/mediawiki/index.php?title=Pikslo_deep_diving_/_underwater_interception_of_the_nordic_sea
 It is possible to use a WIKI for each project/group that serves as an index of the development, each student has an user so all of the group members can update it, the index is conforming as they include   information. You can insert videos, pictures, links, etc.
      

6. A white board where is possible to include videos, pics, etc in a more visual way with relationships. Example Miro. We need to look for something similar.

 https://cryptpad.fr/    // It has Etherpad and many other tools.
      

7. IoT: controlling remote cameras in the students homes so they can build up physically objects there and the professors, people can go there and look for themselves.

 OBS with remote camera control?


Calendar (to be changed)

31st March: Lecture - Andreas

  • ~1 hour, with Q&A from students (preparation time: 5 hours)
  • I will provide my slides + references and weblinks to students
  • Topics/Projects:
    • Kairus.org & recent projects
    • Servus.at & AMRO projects
    • Calafou & projects

1st April: Wiki / Jitsi - Maite

  • ~2 hours, with Q&A from students (preparation time: 4 hours)

2nd April: https://hubs.mozilla.com/ - Andreas

  • ~2 hours, with Q&A from students (preparation time: 4 hours)

3rd April: OBS/IoT Maite

  • ~2 hours, with Q&A from students (preparation time: 4 hours)

13th April: Email to students to know what do they like more, maybe a form online

  • Analysis of the needs

15th April: Three.js - Andreas

  • ~2 hours, with Q&A from students (preparation time: 4 hours)

16th April: https://cryptpad.fr/ - Maite

  • ~2 hours, with Q&A from students (preparation time: 4 hours)

From here we can be doing a follow up to projects/students.

Preparation. Possible index and content

31st March: Lecture

- What and why the free/libre technologies means freedom, What it is free technologies. Inspiring lecture with a rough presentation of the different tools. VERY inspiring. This situation have triggered new experimental situations which will lead to improve our use of technologies on new working formats. In this case, being a school with the need to attend to diverse levels of access to technologies, keeping it on the free/libre side of things seems to be the best approach. The importance of using Free/Libre technologies solutions to work together at the school.

What and why the free/libre technologies means freedom, sustainability, open minded. Also means creativity, control of the technologies but also a means to bring attention to the close connections between art, politics, technology and economy.

As Piksel statement is: The development, and therefore use, of digital technology today is mainly controlled by multinational corporations. Despite the prospects of technology expanding the means of artistic expression, the commercial demands of the software industries severely limit them instead. Piksel is focusing on the Free/Libre and Open Source movement as a strategy for regaining artistic control of the technology, but also a means to bring attention to the close connections between art, politics, technology and economy.

- Successful stories

- Summary of the tools we are going to use.

1st April: Wiki / Jitsi - Maite

2nd April: https://hubs.mozilla.com/ - Andreas

3rd April: OBS/IoT Maite

13th April: Email to students to know what do they like more, maybe a form online

15th April: Three.js - Andreas

16th April: https://cryptpad.fr/ - Maite

Team

Andreas research and teacher

Maite Cajaraville Coordination, research, teacher

Gisle Froysland Servers and research

Technical equipment provided by Piksel

Jitsi server

Wiki server + pwd for each group/project