Gabriel Peters-Lazaro

Gabriel Peters-Lazaro researches, designs and produces digital media for innovative learning. He is the media design lead and an instructor in the Media Arts + Practice Division of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He is a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Media Activism and Participatory Politics (MAPP) project and is currently working to develop participatory media resources and curricula to support new forms of civic education and engagement for young people. In 2009, he helped create The Junior AV Club, an ongoing project that explores mindful media making and sharing as powerful practices of early childhood learning. As instructor of IML 500 – Digital Media Tools and Tactics, he helps graduate students from across the University harness the powers of video and new media as research tools to support their scholarly pursuits. He received his B.A. in Film Studies from UC Berkeley, completed his M.F.A in Film Directing and Production at UCLA and is a Ph.D. candidate in Media Arts + Practice. He is also an avid surfer.

Using Layer Masks in Pixlr Editor

Today we’re looking at the use of Layer Masks in the free, web-based photo editing tool Pixlr Editor. This post is part of a series. Layer Masks might seem a little tricky at first, but once you understand their basic concept, you’ll find they can be a great way to achieve some powerful effects and control over … Continue reading Using Layer Masks in Pixlr Editor →

Working With Photos in Pixlr Editor

Pixlr Editor is a powerful free, browser based online photo editing tool. It is a robust tool that rivals Adobe Photoshop in terms of its feature set. Here is a three part series of video tutorials that shows you how to use Pixlr Editor.

Make Unique Media Mixes with Meograph

Meograph is a media making tool that you can use online for free in your web browser. It allows you to create unique mixes of media content, including photos and videos you find on the web, as well as your own media assets. Follow along with this video to learn how to make unique media mixes.

Exploring Social Media With #Hashtags

If you’ve seen the last couple of Educast posts and videos about Vine and Instagram, you may have noticed that we’ve been trying to expand the conversation a little bit and really think about the context in which these sorts of creative social media tools function.  We’ve been looking at similarities and differences amongst social … Continue reading Exploring Social Media With #Hashtags →

Write and Read Online With Medium

Medium is a web based platform for reading and creating great writing. It has a beautiful, simplistic interface that’s free of distractions yet has just the right feature set to be a powerful tool.  It also has a nice balance of collaborative and social features to help you connect with others through your work and theirs. … Continue reading Write and Read Online With Medium →

Remix Websites With Mozilla’s X-Ray Goggles

X-Ray Goggles is a tool from Mozilla that lets you remix live web pages right in your browser. This means you can start out with any website on the Internet and go right into its code to swap out text, images, links and more, creating your own distinct version that you can save and share with others.