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DIGITAL OVERDRIVE INTERACTIVE (DOi) Our flagship product that has steadily evolved since 1997 is now completely online! Any device, any platform, anywhere. Imagine you and your students having complete access to an entire course at school, at home, on the bus or on vacation. It is now possible with the latest release of the Communications & Multimedia Technology resource from Digital Overdrive. For a low annual subscription fee, you and your students can keep up-to-date with the latest information in this rapidly changing subject area. Teachers struggle with delivering the most current information to their students because resources are scattered around the web or are contained in instantly outdated printed textbooks. Our new online version delivers the most recent information that is relevant for students in high school or any introductory course in this field. This version continues the evolution of our product and makes the resource easily accessible on the web from a laptop, desktop, phone or tablet. No more installing, no more waiting for the IT department to come out to your school, no more limitations. Everything you need for your course is right here waiting. So what are you waiting for? Subscribe to DOi Communications & Multimedia Technology today to enhance the learning experience and make your courses more interactive and engaging for today's digital generation.
THE FEATURES This version is loaded with everything! You will get all of these features PLUS anything else we develop during your subscription. An believe me, we are developing so much content! This new delivery method opens the door for us to keep creating without boundaries. • Unlimited number of users in your school• Multi-platform, multi-device functionality• 18 chapters of information, hours of videos, worksheets and interactive lessons• On-screen quizzes at the end of each chapter• New material as it is created• Mobile, home and school access for you and your students• Access to the secure Teacher Resource area that includes:- Interactive white board lessons for various units- Unit plans- Projects with handouts- Video footage for mini-projects or assessment based projects- Stock photo collection with almost 1000 photos What else is in store for the near future? We have so much new content under development from new chapters and video to cloud storage areas for our teachers to keep their materials all in one spot.
History of Television
A look at the past century and the development of television from the first mechanical designs of John Logie Baird to High Definition television systems.
History of Video
Since 1956, video has made a big impact on the professional and consumer market. This section looks at that impact over the past seven decades.
History of Radio
Marconi was the father of radio but did he realize how far radio would come? Explore how radio evolved from an idea to a worldwide technology.
The high speed data transmission lines that have changed how we consume content.
DVD & Blu-Ray
The digital video formats that put an end to the home VCR and VHS videotapes.
High Definition, Plasma, LCD, LED, OLED. How we view images now and in the future.
Exploring the move from videotape to SD cards and what that means in the consumer world.
How we store information is changing rapidly right now from local hard drives to off-site storage.
Cell phones, satellite radio and satellite TV are all common wireless systems we use each day.
You may own one but can you identify what's inside and how it works? This section will help with that.
Wired and wireless network systems are explained in easy to understand terms.
Digital television is here to stay after decades of work. This section will help make sense of it all.
The first stage of the production process that involves planning the production, scripting, storyboards and more.
The stage when all of the filming takes place. This section looks at the things to remember during the most expensive part of the process.
Post-Production is much more than just editing. Soundtracks are recorded, marketing and advertising is started and the film needs to get out to theatres.
It is very important to know your camcorder or at least the basic parts so you can pick up any device and know how to run it properly.
Terms & Features
The terminology involved with camcorders as well as a section on the most useful features you need to look for on a camcorder.
If you are serious about making films, then adding on accessories to you camera will be key. Learn about the various components you can add to your camera.
The types of shots & angles and camera movements are a staple skill that every great cinematographer needs to know.
Rules of Cinematography
Learn the different rules of cinematography and a few good tricks that will take your productions from amateur to professional.
Knowing your equipment and how it handles low light as well as basic lighting skills are the key to clear images.
Structure of a Scene
This section will go through the basics of how a scene is structured and what the important components are that should always be present in your edit.
There are different methods that can be used in editing to create effective sequences. Explore how to edit components of a scene like dialogue, action and suspense sequences.
The parts of a soundtrack, the various types of microphones and some good audio recording tips are all included in this section.
Learn about the software and hardware that is used in the sound recording process.
Start off with learning about the technical and theoretical terms of sound design and end with sound effects and creating effective soundscapes.
Types of Shows
What types of TV shows are possible to shoot in schools? How exactly does each type of show get planned?
The amount of equipment in a TV can be overwhelming. Knowing how to use each piece will reduce the confusion.
Everything you ever wanted to know about a TV production crew and what they do.
The history of film begins with the invention of the medium in the 1890's and continues through the golden age until present.
Film theorists of the 20th century are explored as well as explaining various film theories and common terms.
History & Terminology
The brief history of the DSLR and shooting video. Plus all the terms you need to know when shooting video on these cameras.
When you move from a camcorder to a DSLR, pretty much nothing stays the same. Learn about the parts of a DSLR.
DSLR Shooting Tips
Shooting video on a DSLR is way different than shooting video on a camcorder. Here are some tips and tricks.
A whole bunch of accessories you can add to your DSLR including everything from rigs to microphones.
Explore the history of music videos since their early beginnings, how they are used as promotional tools and how they have influenced the fashion industry.
Before you start designing, you need to know the various devices you have available to you for getting information in and out of the computer.
Every designer needs to know their fonts and how they work with each other. Find out what families fonts belong to and their features.
Graphic Design Principles
An introduction to the basic principles of graphic design that will improve your work dramatically.
History of Photography
A look at how photography has evolved since the early 1800's and popular photographers who have made a significant impact on the art.
An introduction to some of the terminology and features of cameras used for digital photography.
Aperture, ISO, Shutter Speed, Depth of Field, Camera Parts, Lenses and how to read them are all topics covered.
Everything you need to know about the basics of websites including how to set one up and streaming video.
A popular method for broadcasting live events or setting up your own internet television station.
Social Networking Sites
One of the most popular uses of the internet can also be one of the most dangerous. This section will explain SNSs and give you some rules to follow.
Film & TV Careers
Learn about the various positions on a film or TV set and get a look at what these people do. Interviews are also included with real professionals from the industry.
If I want to take this subject at a Post-Secondary institution, where should I go? Find out some of the answers here.
Intro to Storytelling
Where can you get inspiration for writing when you have hit a block? Plot development is explored and script formatting tutorial for Celtx are included as well. View a tutorial video on how to use the basic functions of Celtx.
With a cell phone in almost every pocket, mobile production will become a more popular method of content delivery - but can you do it properly?
CHAPTER 1: History of Communications
CHAPTER 2: Tomorrow's Technology
CHAPTER 3: Communication Systems
CHAPTER 4: The Production Process
CHAPTER 5: Video Cameras
CHAPTER 6: Intro to Cinematography
CHAPTER 7: Video Editing
CHAPTER 8: Sound Design
CHAPTER 9: Live TV Production
CHAPTER 10: Film Theory & History
CHAPTER 11: DSLR Video Production
CHAPTER 12: Music Videos
CHAPTER 13: Graphic Design & Publishing
CHAPTER 14: Digital Photography
CHAPTER 15: On The Web
CHAPTER 16: Career Explorations
CHAPTER 17: Storytelling
CHAPTER 18: Mobile Production
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We've moved away from the pay one price model with this new edition. Why? It's quite simple. It will cost you less. We have moved all of our resources into one product. Teacher Resources, Video, Student Book, etc. have been combined into one package that delivers everything with no worries about updating.
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Digital Overdrive Interactive: Communications & Multimedia Technology has been the recipient of several awards as well as the author.
Worldfest Houston awarded the resource with the Best Educational CD-ROM, a prestigious award that was previously won by Microsoft and Discovery Channel.
EdTech Digest named the resource a "Cool Tool" and awarded it with the Best Digital Textbook award.
EdTech Digest also named the author as the top international leader making a difference across international boundaries.
The flagship resource is truly an international product. From a small remote village in South Africa to the deserts of Qatar - the large urban centres of California to the rural areas of Virginia - and the mountains of British Columbia to the city schools of Toronto, Digital Overdrive is somewhere near you.
Currently over 250,000 students worldwide use the resource each year. Millions have used it since 1997 and millions more will in the future. It has become the premiere tool for students wanting to learn about cinematography, editing, graphics and sound design for film production in high school.
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Digital Overdrive has been publishing student and teacher resources since 1997. That is a very long time. Our first resource was a coil bound, photocopied manual that was created to give teachers a reliable source of information for this new high school subject area.
The author, Dale Andrews BA, BEd., was teaching Communications Technology and quickly became an educational authority on the subject. Over the years, the resource grew and became very popular across Canada. In 2004, Dale took the resource to a new level by creating the first interactive eTextbook to successfully make it into the high school market. In fact, Follett Educational, the largest eBook distributor in North America at the time invited Dale to Chicago to showcase his work in the field to company vice presidents from across the United States. After the full day meeting, Follett declared that this small company from Canada was the leader in interactive eTextbook design.
Needless to say, Digital Overdrive Interactive exploded on the high school educational market and became the premiere tool for teaching in the Communications field. What makes the series so successful is the fact that the resource is created from an educational and professional point of view. With over 24 years of professional production experience and counting, Dale has been able to combine his leadership in education with his technological knowledge to create a product that has been recognized internationally for its excellence.
For this new edition, a young and talented graphic designer, Omar Salama, was brought on to redesign the look of the resource. The end result is an online experience that is sure to continue the extensive legacy of this essential resource.