Communication and journalism majors, as well as members of the community, were given free Google Cardboard headsets and training on how to use 360 video.
On Tuesday, Feb. 6 in Spratt Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. Digital Tools Trainer Daniel Petty, spoke to students on how to use the tools that Google has to offer.
At this presentation students received Google cardboard to learn how to use Virtual Reality. They also learned how to take 360 pictures from a smartphone and how to do advanced Google searches. An Assistant Professor for the communication and journalism department, James Carviou, set this training up because he believes that it was very important for students to know that these tools are here.
“This was important information for students to take away for their career as aspiring journalists,” Carviou said. “Students need to know this and they need to know how to use their smartphone effectively as a utility.”
With Google’s advanced search engine and Google Trends, users can narrow his/her search down to the very specifics. With the Trends option, a user can look up what people are searching for in the area.
The Chair and Associate Professor of the communication and journalism department, Robert Nulph, said Petty spent a lot of time on the Google search applications.
“There was a lot of shoe leather spent that you can now do through the Google searches,” Nulph said. “Not only how to do the basic searches but how to drill down your searches and be more specific. It is very essential for increasing credibility for a researcher; you can then really research a subject.”
In the future, students in journalism classes with Nulph will be using and learning more about the tools that were discussed at this presentation. Nulph will use these techniques in his journalism classes because he wants students to know that these tools exist and that there are so many out there.
“What the presentation did was show us the vast number of tools and the vast number of research tools as well as photographic and video tools we now have thanks to what Google has done,” Nulph said.
A section of the advanced Google search that Dr. Nulph appreciates is the image search.
“I take a lot of outdoor pictures of butterflies, birds and things like that,” Nulph said. “So, with the image search, I can take a picture of a butterfly and put it in the search to where it brings up other pictures like it, or somewhere out there is a scientific website that will give me the name of the butterfly.”
Mackenzie Boos, a student at Missouri Western, attended the presentation and learned about 360 video.
“I liked the event,” Boos said. “I didn’t know that I could take my 360 photos and put them on Google and they would be accredited to me.”
While Boos liked the event, she said it was especially useful to see all the things that Google has to offer.
“What I took out of [the presentation] was how much Google has to offer,” Boos said. “One of the things I really liked was the Google search. It’s cool to know you can contribute to something greater,” Boos said.