Protecting student privacy in the age of facial recognition and AI By Mandy Chan | February 28, 2020 When we share photos publicly via social media, are we inadvertently giving up our student's identity and personal right to privacy? Recent media coverage on Clearview is just an example of what we can expect of more to come. Two revelations are particularly troubling: 1) Clearview has amassed billions of photos scraped from major photo sharing sites such as Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and others, and 2) Clearview’s face recognition technology is eliminating public anonymity because it’s enabling anyone to snap a [...]
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Is Your Community Engaged? By Calina Franz-Hernandez | February 21, 2020 Today’s parents are the mobile generation. They work long hours. They are regularly on the go. And they want to stay connected to their kids wherever they are. With everything they have on their plate, they need to access information quickly and easily. As a school, you have the power to do that! Help your families build stronger connections with one another by providing them a way to stay informed and involved in their kids’ progress, successes and challenges. How? Through digital media. Shared media can help build a [...]
5 Ways to Capture the Student Experience By Calina Franz-Hernandez | January 31, 2020 What is the ‘student experience’ as we know it? School life has evolved greatly over the years, and even more so with the influx of tech, devices, and connectivity. Now, not only are we able to see each student’s academic performance and results, but their academic journey - their participation in the school community, their friendships, and their personal growth as they explore different skills, interests and projects. This is the student experience, and it barely scratches the surface! In the K-12 setting, these moments [...]
4 Quick Ways to Flow Media into Everyday Platforms By Calina Franz-Hernandez | January 10, 2020 The closer you get to the end of the school year, the quicker time seems to fly by! When faced with a never ending list of things to do each day, the task of collecting, organizing, curating and archiving photos and videos seems daunting. What can we do to make our life a little easier? Here are a few ways to lighten the load using your photo management system's built-in integrations and features: Embed videos from Youtube or Vimeo directly into your [...]
School Stories | Tsukuba International School September 20, 2019 In this School Story, Daman Arora, our Client Success Manager, speaks to Shaney Crawford, the Head of School at the Tsukuba International School in Japan. She tells us about the history of their community-driven IB school, and how they transitioned from Box.com to Vidigami as their school media management solution over the past year. Vidigami Stories is a series of podcasts focused on customer experiences, industry partner talks, and more. View our full playlist of Stories. Interested in doing a School Story with us? Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org [...]
A Little Work Now to Save Time Later By Drew Millikin | September 10, 2019 The first day of the new academic year is one of the best days of the year. Students are back with fresh haircuts, summer tans, and big smiles. It’s a great time to capture their faces and interactions as they reconnect with peers and faculty! But, we know the drill - it doesn't stop at capturing moments. Getting into the habit of organizing your media now can save you a ton of time later on in the school year when you’re suddenly looking for that [...]
Does your School Have a Retention Committee? By Drew Millikin | August 14, 2019 I recently came across an interesting thought piece on the challenging role of enrollment managers by Angel B. Pérez, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success at Trinity College, and Trustee of Berkshire School. Although written from the perspective of a role in higher education, the story felt remarkably similar to my experience as an admissions director at a New England boarding school. And, I’m sure I’m not the only former or current admissions professional who related to his summary of the position when he writes, “The [...]
Understanding Your Photo Metadata (Part 3) By Drew Millikin | July 26, 2019 In my previous two blogs on metadata, we covered what makes up metadata and what happens to that data when you upload photos to public social media sites and platforms. Throughout this series, I heavily referenced the New York Times’ Privacy Project. If you have not yet checked it out, I highly recommend doing so. It is full of fascinating and sometimes alarming reads. The biggest takeaway for me as we dive more into the privacy problem and have deeper conversations with our schools, is that managing [...]
Fall 2019 - What’s New? Team Vidigami | Updated on September 23, 2019 Vidigami is making a number of big changes this Fall. Here is what to expect: 1 - Easily share sets with your community via email In January 2019, we added a way for group managers to share the direct link to a group set within Vidigami via email or social media. This Fall, group managers will additionally be able to manually select specific members from Vidigami and send them an email with the link to the set, all from within the Share Set window. 2 [...]
Understanding Your Photo Metadata (Part 2) By Drew Millikin | July 26, 2019 Can image metadata be owned? The answer is yes. However, the ownership of metadata depends on 2 things: Copyright Location of the image. When you take a photo with your digital camera, all the internal metadata stored in your SD card is yours and yours alone, as long as it is offline. As the photographer of the image, you hold the copyright to it and all associated data. Storing Content Online? Often, once an image is moved to a social platform or photo sharing website, you may [...]