"KidCast For Peace" CU-SeeMe Proceedures
Keep reading for suggestions on participating in OUR Creativity Café KidCast For Peace multicasts featuring kids-of-all-ages expressing their visions of peace, sharing their art and heart.
All the Cu-SeeMe sites are invited to have children share their art live and direct us to pre-build "KidCast For Peace" web sites. Depending on time zone, Children at each site in turn will be the subject of comments and questions from gathered local audiences and all the *other* sites. The featured child will hold up a picture in front of a video camera (or the camera can be pointed at a computer or video monitor displaying the digital/video art).
The camera starts with a shot of the child and art together, then zooms into the art to fill the frame. A moderator will instigate and encourage the other sites to respond to what they see with questions, feelings and impressions. A moderator at each site will be responsible for the following during their turn:
1- identifying the site, i.e., "This is John in Honolulu. We have a
question from our audience." or "Hi, this is Frank in Texas, I would like to introduce our next artist, please welcome Brian Jarres" (he holds up his art and everyone applauds. Either the KidCast Central moderator, the local moderator or viewing chatting audience initiates the questions)
2- having a microphone available to provide a sound feed,
or typing (which scrolls across the bottom of your CU-SeeMe window for all others to see).
When it is your sites turn to feature an artist (we are developing a self organizing time/location grid for those desiring to participate), a local or KidCast moderator, or audience member (in order of preferance) will ask the child why and when the work was created? These questions will catalyze group interaction.
Two days before any event, we will finalize the order of formal participation. We can count on things not going as planned. Please be prepared for a certain degree of improvisation. (big smile). We will broadcast interactivly in 2 hour blocks with 1 hour between CU-SeeMe formal hookups. The in between times are for a spontaneous CU-SeeMe free for all.
The camera after focusing on the art for about 30 seconds, can then show a close up of the artist. The cybergroup at large can interact with the artists either spontaneously or in order. Please let us know your suggestions about this? We don't want to speak over each other. Everyone *can* however, type comments and/or questions at any time.
We are in the process of preparing the "KidCast Central" page for links to your home pages. ***Please send the appropriate URL address to see your participating artists visions of peace.*** We should set up these links as soon as you have them!!! Check out the Content Creation page for suggestions.
I suspect that most of the art will be digitized (and possibly created onsite, both at your location and ours), the day of the event. We will have to figure out the best way to mount the images on the web sites for viewing when the artists speak about what they have created. (Suggestions?)
Participating sites do not have to be schools or cybercafes. And, while we are looking for a CU-SeeMe network event, not everyone has this capability. We are open to anyone who can suggest the best way to implement audio across different platforms and sites. that way, many more people and locations can participate. Suggestions?
CU-SeeMe works best at high speeds (ISDN or better). The signal will default to the lowest common denominator. Do not even consider broadcasting video with less than a 28.8kb modem. No more than 8 locations can be seen at any given time. As many as 20 "lurkers" can watch and listen using any speed modem, per CU-SeeMe reflector.
This is a grand experiment. We applaud you all for participating. Be prepared for the unexpected, and to delight in the spontaneity of what will actually unfold. Let's have fun and be creative. We can try some group games, drum circles (all locations pounding a rhythm together), etc.
CU-SeeMe is exciting. If you have the capability you will use it often. A simple video camera, video input capability on a computer, free software and a phone line with at least a 28.8kb modem are all that is needed. If you cannot get audio into the computer, you can type...and your words appear at the bottom of your window (up to 8 windows appearing simultaneously). We recommend getting a big screen monitor or video projector for group enjoyment of our activities.
Ideally, you will videotape the vision of peace statements by your artists/participants. These could then be digitized and mounted along with their artistic creations on our (your) web site as a memorial and a reminder that we are creating this world for future generations.
We will begin transmitting CU-SeeMe for testing a few hours before the announced start time. Plan to have your participants available in your local time zones to coincide with our California operating hours. Consult the Location/Time zone grid to more easily facilitate who connects with whom.
One last thing. You will need a reflector number to point your CU-SeeMe software at. These are posted a few days before the event in KidCast central and to the members of the KidCast List.
Good luck everyone!