We’ve worked hard to make this site interesting and engaging. Working in new media is always a challenge, but because there are always so many beautiful new tools, exploring and trying them can be really fun. Whether you are working in photo, audio, video, animation or some new technology, there is a high premium placed on experimentation and collaboration. The more you explore, the more eloquent you become. The more ‘mistakes’ you make, the more ways you have to express yourself.
But the focus on web technology shouldn’t be primarily focussing on what individuals can do – we have FaceBook for that – but rather what teams of like-minded people can accomplish but putting their talents together. This is a theme that has been true long before the arrival of the internet. In fact, ad hoc communities have been doing this since the beginning of time. Try your hand at it.
Admin @ February 28, 2014
CSULA students Elliot Russell and C.J. Tuttle went to old town Pasadena to ask people’s thoughts on the up coming election. Kimberly Gonzalez feels it is an important election and that a lot is riding on the future. John Rocha was also out on a cool Tuesday night one week before the elections. He agreed with Ms. Gonzalez, and is waiting anxiously for the results. Nonetheless, politics are nothing to stand in the way of a nice night out.
Admin @ January 3, 2013
We are always trying to find new ways to use info graphics on our site. Here is a sample of using Google maps ‘mashup’ features to place a map showing the three or four closest gas stations . The possible applications for these ‘Mash Ups’ is practically unlimited. We could develop a map of all restaurants in this area, or just Pho restaurants. We could post night spots, movie theatres, even the homes where our team members live. Then, the coolest part is that it can be then posted right inside the blog entry itself.
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Click on the map to find gas stations close to campus.
It is really worth the effort to learn this technology and use it in your blog entries. All students in the TVF454 class should try their hands at embedding a mashed-up map of their liking in their blog.
Admin @ November 9, 2012
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(CSULA- 10Valley) Cal State LA students Keon Semsarha and Kevin Zhou rooted around campus to find out what CSULA students think about the election. Contrary to popular opinion, students really do care about what will happen in one week’s time. At least Cal State LA students do. Kristin would like to see more third parties, because she thinks the existing two aren’t doing that great a job. Ron thought that third parties could be good, but often they are just confusing for the voter. Finally, Eduardo Moran thought the more options, the better. That gives voters something to look forward to rather than being stuck with the two who are offered every four years.
Admin @ October 30, 2012
This is a pretty good example of using SoundSlides to rapidly produce striking audio and images for online production. This particular project took some time as we were figuring out the software. Once we figured out the bugs, things went pretty well.
The hallmark of online reporting is the ability to embed multiple types of media in a website, especially media which does not duplicate other, older usage types. In this sense, contemporary web reporters are always looking for new and interesting ways to incorporate media into their stories. This novelty must be undertaken not simply because it is new, but rather because it reveals new and interesting ways to pass along information. We’ll keep trying this, but it’s a pretty good start.
Admin @ October 30, 2012
By Princess Manasseh
In September Mills School and Technology Academy in Whittier becomes the second school in the SGV to implement a laptop program for its third grade students. The initiative, called ‘1 on 1,’ requires that parents of each third grader buy a brand new Apple Macbook for their child. Use of the computer will be integrated into the students’s daily curriculum, with an emphasis on teaching each child how to use their computer effectively.
Much to the dismay of administrators at Mills School, there were not nearly enough funds for the school to provide computers to all 79 of its third graders, so they looked to support from the parents. Because the cost was to fall on the parents, the program needed at least a ninety percent participation among them. When the initiative was explained and the votes were collected, ninety-two percent of parents were found to be in favor of getting the laptops.
Each laptop costs $1256, a hefty expense for many of the parents. To help lighten the load Mills School has forged a deal with Apple to offer parents payment plans stretching up to three years. Parents have some options: they can pay for the computer in full with a lump some or they can take advantage of various plans. The most affordable plan requires parents to pay $38.06 a month. The school is also looking for community sponsors to help cover the cost for students who cannot afford a computer.
The program is designed so that each year, incoming third graders receive a new laptop. They will use this computer in the classroom for the next three years, carrying them from the start of third grade, to the end of fifth. During that time the children are expected to learn computer essentials that have become vital in society a large.
“I am extremely pleased that my son will begin working with computers so early on,” said Mills parent Mindy Morales, mother of third grader Lester Morales. “In this fast moving society we live in, it will be those who get a head start on mastering technology that lead the way for the rest of us. I’m just glad my son will be one of the leaders.”
Admin @ October 4, 2010
By: Starr Session and Princess Manasseh
There are just days left of the L.A. County Fair but it seems the fun is far from over. True to tradition the fair is offering a variety of delights including: elephant rides, thrilling roller coasters, live bands, and just about anything you can think of deep fried (from pickles to ice cream)!
The fair also publicizes taking pride in the surrounding communities, many of which are in the SGV. On the website lacountyfair.com presenters of the fair express a concern for the community, “our sense of social responsibility guides our decisions on growth and development…We are dedicated to investing in our collective future.”
Year after year to prove their interest in community discounted admission is offered to residents of a particular city on a rolling schedule in what are called “community days.” On your community day, if you arrive to the grounds before 5 pm you can get in for a whooping $5 bucks with a coupon. Today’s community day is for residents of Walnut/Rancho Cucamonga. Tomorrow, which is the last Friday of the fair is community day for Covina/Fontana.
Each cities designated day features a festive Community Day parade and prestigious high school marching band competition. There is an Adult and Junior Community Hero Presentation and a host of other special events. Do you have hometown spirit? Well if so, you can also support your civic officials, business leaders, volunteers, unsung heroes, local talent and outstanding young people on this very special day.
This past weekend Nicole Gutteriez a law student over at Loyola Law School enjoyed her community day for a low price of $5 dollars and raved about the fair exclaiming it was her, “Best night!” she teased that the, ”LA Fair equals a fat persons delight! All the food I’ve ever imagined & I’m gonna try it all! Especially the fried butter recommended by Oprah!,” If Oprah gives her stamp of approval then you know it must be some good food paired with some good fun over at the L.A. County Fair.
We know the SGV has hometown spirit, and with only a couple of cities left to show their enthusiasm we encourage you take friends and family to the fair.
Log onto the website for more information: www.lacountyfair.com/2010
[Source: L.A. County Fair]
Admin @ September 30, 2010
Hey Readers: I just wanted to let you know where things are with “10Valley”. Since we launched the site a little over a year ago, as a sub-site, inside the “CoolStateLA.com” site at Cal State LA, I’ve been blown away by the thoughtful and compelling stories and posts we’ve received. We haven’t had a full time reporter/editor to work on the site for a couple of months, but I think that is about to change.
The important thing here is that while we are operating this site out of the Cal State LA University Times Newsroom, we really, really want your input!
If you know of things we should know about, email me personally at jbeaupr (at) exchange.calstatela.edu.
There are so many issues affecting the SGV that don’t get covered, it is our hope that YOU can contribute to content.
We really admire our friends at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, but their budgets have been slashed and they are expected to cover everything from car accidents to high school proms. The idea for this site has been and will continue to be ‘from the ground up’ – we don’t need to tell you, from our academic pedestal, what is going on in the SGV. You are living these stories every day.
We want the prom stories.
But we also want to know what is happening with water regulations.
We want to know how freeways affect your life – good and bad.
We want to know about the Vietnamese bakery you have found that serves the perfect Bahn Mi.
We want to know about the crazy-assed band you saw in El Monte last week.
So pile it on! No spam. No commercial messages.
Just open your eyes and tell us what you see, hear, smell, and taste!
I’m really eager to hear from you, so send us some stories, story ideas, and leads. We can help you follow up on important stories in some cases.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
10 Valley proj. director
Admin @ September 3, 2010