Digital Skills award 2



  • Social networking: understand personal profiles and groups  tag sharing, post messages and photos, and upload videos.  The website  FitSmallBusiness   has suggestions on some sites to which videos can be uploaded. : is a federated, decentralized social media network where privacy and control are the main plus points,   friendica is part of a federation of otehr services such as gnu social, Diaspora, Mastadon.  A user on for example Mastadon can share posts with users on the other networks.  Unlike facebook you do not need to provide huge amounts of personal data to them, the little data you chose do provide is not sold,  and clicks are not tracked to create profiles of data which are again sold or sold via a 3rd party for unknown purposes.

This network can be seen as an alternative to Facebook.

GNU SOCIAL :  This is seen as a Twitter alternative, again the focus is on privacy.

  • Digital photography: take photos, organise photo collections and carry out simple editing.

  • You can take photos with a digital camera, phone or tablet, transfer your images to your PC and edit the photos.   How you do this will usually depend on what devices you have.  Ask your tutor for help with this.


  • Edit photos : GIMP – GNU Image Manipulation Program.   This again is free software and comes pre-installed on most GNU/Linux systems, or you can get it with the systems software management software.GIMP has a lot of useful features,   for example you can resize and image by opening an image,  going to the image menu and clicking scale image. you are then presented with the following :-

Enter the new size, the software will automatically calculate the aspect ratio (w:h),  press scale and the image willl be resized.

Once copied over , photos can he stored in /hone/user/Pictures,  if you create subfolders you can sort images depending on when / where they were taken.   You can do this by date, by sorting files by date,  and copying or moving them to a folder with the matching date or other information.  You can view images by date within the file manager.

Here images are sorted by modification date with most recent at the top,  to sort by type you click on the column headings.


  • Digital music: manage and organise digital music collections and purchase music on line.

    There are various programs to help with digital music,  vlc is a package that also includes support for podcasts, video streaming etc as well as playing mp3 and ogg (ogg vorbis, free software respecting music format)

  • Digital media: create CDs and DVDs using a computer, upload and share files and collaborate online.

    • Create DVDs and CDs

Brasero – This is an easy to use program to burn data to recordable DVD or CD media.

Select the type of project you want to create:-

Drag and drop the files and follow the instructions for the software. Depending on what you want to create the steps may be slightly different.

  • Collaborate on line

Collaboration tools are again part of a wider picture,  it depends on what you want to do.  If you are writing code then the stndard is to use tools such as git,  and websites such as notabug or github.

If you are looking at collaborating  on documents then Libreoffice has features for this,  please see for more information.



As an alternative to Youtube, sites such as offer video sharing.

  • Audio and video software: understand how to use a digital video camera, and edit and compile clips using movie editing software.

On Linux systems editing audio and video can be achieved with various software packages, some are better than others,  so it is a good idea to do a bit of research on this.

Other useful  digital skills : not included on the above course but still useful.

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