Google NewsLab Digital Storytelling Tools Workshop at Fresno State

Google News Lab

The Center for Faculty Excellence is partnering with the Media, Communications and Journalism department to bring a Google Digital Tools workshop to Fresno State for two days – March 13 and 14. There are two overview sessions on Monday, March 13, and two more hands-on, in-depth sessions on Tuesday, March 14. There’s no cost to attend, but you do need to RSVP. The link to respond is below.

DAY 1:

  • Monday, March 13, 2017, from 9 to noon – HML 2134
  • Monday, March 13, 2017, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. – UC 123

A certified Google trainer will provide an introduction to Google Digital Storytelling Tools: Advanced Search, Google Scholar, Public Data Explorer, Google Image, Trends, My Maps, Street View, Earth Pro, Fusion Tables, 3D, and Google Translate

DAY 2:

  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017, from 9 to noon – HML 2134
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. – UC 123

In-depth workshop with Advanced Search to find information that could be used in a story or presentation and apply it to make a map. Learn how to make a simple embeddable map and find a compatible interactive visual graphic to embed within a story. Further explore Google Trends.

You may attend as many sessions as you like, but seating is limited to 25 participants for each session. Refreshments will be served.

Workshop Content:  This workshop is designed for participants with little to no experience in online data management or web mapping, who are interested in free and easy-to-use tools for presentations, storytelling and reporting. An introductory presentation on Monday, March 13 will get you up to speed on the types of things that can be done with Google Drive’s toolset, as well as some basic concepts for wise data management. On Tuesday, March 14, you will follow an interactive exercise that will first introduce you to Google Earth Pro and several of its simple mapping options. You will then learn how to make your own online maps with interactive visualization graphics.
Audience: MCJ faculty, students and staff and anyone on campus who is interested in new methods for storytelling, visualizing data and simple online maps.

Requirements: Please bring a laptop computer to the workshop.You should also have an active Google account with access to Google Drive.

Register:  Click Here to register. Registration is limited to 25 participants in each session, so please register early.

Google Trainer: Sandra Gonzalez (@SandraGonzalez2 on Twitter) is a veteran multimedia reporter based in Las Vegas. Gonzalez has been reporting news for more than 20 years in both TV and radio, many of those years in Dallas/Fort Worth, and New Orleans. She now travels the U.S. training educators and journalists on Google digital tools.

Sponsored by Center for Faculty Excellence, Media Communications & Journalism, and Society of Professional Journalists

INFO: Faith Sidlow or Laura Alcantar at the Center for Faculty Excellence, lalcantar@csufresno



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