Microsoft’s new ad refuting the brilliant “I’m a mac” campaign serves as a great illustration for talks on identity.Continue Reading...
Recently, thanks to some twitter friends and tweetdeck, I have been exposed to a new little website called 12seconds. 12seconds.tv is like twitter, in video form. As in, you only have a small amount of space (12 seconds, duh) in which to express a thought or idea. You really only have enough time to focus on one topic. You can also respond to other people’s videos with your own video response.
As a youth worker, I think 12 seconds has many possibilities for use within youth ministry. Keep in mind (and I am well aware of this fact) that the video quality is not going to be HD quality when you make these videos. But I think the amount of time it will take you to use this resource will outweigh that slight negative.
10 Ways to use 12seconds.tv in youth ministry:
1. Quick announcements
2. Daily/weekly devo
3. Goofy videos of the students
4. Student of the week – maybe they can give their acceptance speech (make sure to spread the love and get everyone on video)
5. Ask the youth worker – answer the students questions on a regular basis
6. Ask the student – you ask a question you want answered
7. Event/Class Teaser – Promote an upcoming event with a short teaser about what they can expect (maybe even “cut yourself off” at the end right when you were going to reveal the big secret)
8. Meet the youth coaches – have the youth coaches (other adults who help) share a little about themselves
9. Recap of last lesson/message – you would be forced to really narrow down your focus, because you only have 12 seconds
10. Tip of the week – it could be a parent tip, youth worker tip, teenager tip or a tip for any other group you can think of (ie. 1 tip on how to contact a student during the week – for the youth coaches)
There are lots of other ways you could use 12seconds.tv in your youth ministry. I’d love to hear what you think. Leave a comment with your thoughts. Or better yet, make a 12 second video with your thoughts (just put the link to the video or your 12 second profile in the comments so we can see the video).
12seconds.tv is free, but you have to be invited. If you want an invite just email me (mkupferer(at)gmail(dot)com) or leave a comment with your email address and I will send you an invite.
Here is an example of a quick video I did with my kids.
Guest Blogger: Mike Kupferer, a child of God, husband of Amy, father of Nathan & Wes, friend of some, worker of youth and reader of books. You can also read Mike at reflectionministry.blogspot.com.
The question I am asked most when talking tech with other youth workers is, “How do I download video from YouTube?”
In the past I used a Firefox extension:
These are are fine if you have the right codec (software) to play the video for your group, with these I could only download the videos as a Flash Video file (flv) and that has to many limitation plus you have to rename the file with a .flv extension…wow, I am boring myself…
These are great because they will take your video file and convert it to almost any video format that you choose that will be compatible with whatever software (MediaShout, ProPresenter, iWorship, etc…) or operating system (Mac, Windows, etc…) you are using. Some of these sites work with more than YouTube. However these sites are not always up and running. There have been several times when I have had to try them all before I found one that worked. I don’t know if this is a site crash, a poorly written online app, or YouTube blocking these sites. Kissyoutube recently add a convert feature, when I went to use it the site said, “File Not Found – Page Does Not Exist.”
I have found a small and simple application for my Mac that download and converts YouTube video. The software is called “GetTube” and you can download it form http://web.mac.com/simonvrel/en/gettube/gettube.html. This app is very basic. You can download any YouTube video as an MP4, AVI, MP3 or FLV. This is perfect for all the video uses I have, weather showing in MediaShout or editing in iMovie.
I am sure there are dozens of other apps we could talk about but this should get you started. Start with second set of online apps and see how they work for you. The good thing about those (if they are running) is they will work for you on Mac or a PC.
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In case you missed it, here’s the new microsoft commercial with Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. In fact it was actually kind of funny.
If you’re like me you’re always on the look our for a shiny new toy. Well today Google is releasing it’s own web browser, named Chrome (how’s that for shiny?). It’s based on webkit, the same technology under the hood of Safari. They’ve released a comic book to describe it.
The PC version is suppose to release today, with the Mac and Linux version coming soon.
Project home. (as I write this, it’s not live yet.)
I love tech podcasts. Here are a couple of should-not-miss podcasts centered around our favorite pastime: technology.Continue Reading...
We’ve all had illustrations that didn’t quite work how we thought, but I’ve never ended up at the doctor because of one.
I was constantly envying the big-budget ministry across the street’s awesome t-shirts, logos, etc. I know it’s hard to believe, but I was breaking one of the commandments because of another ministry. Then I discovered iStock, and was delivered.Continue Reading...
I just downloaded a great free CD from Phil Wickham. It’s called Singalong and was recorded live at a recent concert. I really like Phil’s music, and thought I would pass along the opportunity. Just head over to PhilWickham.com, you’ll need to give them an email address, and they’ll send you the link.