CST 115 - Digital LifeStyles/Digital Expressions

This course is based on the belief that people should be able to express themselves using modern technology by understanding it. With the answers to questions such as the following, student are better prepared to used the host of digital tools available to them. Some questions this course will help you answer are: What is the difference between an mp4 file and an mp3? Is digital really better than analog? What does compression really do? Why do digital pictures "pixelate?" What are all these buttons on my digital camera?


What you should know


Course Philosophy

Last updated: Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Can you figure out what was "erased" from this photo?

Here is the original.

How about this one?

Again, here is the original.

How about this one?

Again, here is the original.

Creating a "colorized" effect to accent elements of an image.

Here are the original pictures.

Simulating depth-of-field to accent a foreground component.

Creating these ...

(know where your light source is and watch that shading...)

and arranging them ...

to make this.

Thirsty, anyone?...

Below are samples from Fall 2009

Students learn all this in an atmosphere of social justice, learning about sophisticated software tools that help bring down the barriers that traditionally divide those with full access to the digital world from those without. Throughout the Digital Lifestyle course we cover the use of community-based software that is exceptional in its capabilities, well documented, easy to use, and of the highest quality. The software we use is compatible with Macs and PCs (yeah, Linux too if you are into that) and is available for anyone to download and use.

Students finish this course with the tools to excel in a digital world and with a software collection they know how to use to their advantage in their work, private lives, college careers and beyond. Better yet, they can share their knowledge -- and the software, with their communities.

Tools such as The GIMP, inkScape, and Audacity, as well as Blender form the foundation of this course. Not to discriminate against commercial software companies, we also cover such programs as Windows Movie Maker, iMovie and Picasa.

Of course, in addition to the fun side, there is also the serious side to a Digital Lifestyle, which is why we cover how to post a Facebook page you won't regret when looking for a job, blogging, online communities and other digital activities.

It always interesting when famous people take to the mike. The clips below are more interesting. In fact, they are rude, they are irreverent, they parody politicians and pop-stars --- and they are funny. They certainly should not be seen as actually reflecting anyone's personal point of view.

Our projects involved reworking speeches along with the addition of a musical score and sound effects to create parodies like the ones below.

Software Links:

under a portrait below.

To listen, press

Be patient, some may take a moment to start playing.

Digital Video

And to sum it all up, a little bit more irreverence. This time with video and audio.