This course, I used Popplet, Empressr, Quicktime, and Weebly, all for the first time in creative situations. Of the aformentioned, I would use Weebly and Quicktime again; Weebly allowed for great looking, functional websites; Quicktime enabled screen recording capabilities (with audio) that I thought I needed expensive software for.
In relation to digital content, student have a much easier times (with proper networks in place…i.e. working wi-fi) creating, collaborating, and critically analyzing different media. For example, because of this course, I had students create Google slides presentations collaboratively and submit them electronically for marking. Students researched, designed, and submitted all content in an online environment. My next steps will be to introduce web design such as Weebly for final product presentation vehicles.
In regards to challenges, I found that open source doesn’t always mean reliable. For instance, in LT2, using Empressr, I created a presentation for Univerisity of Alberta students to access. After posting in the discussion board and receiving a few comments from peers, Patti emailed me to say there was an error with the link. In essence, the entire site was not on the internet for the week following. I had to submit a different presentation with a different software. Open source sites can go at any time; thought useful and helpful, they are not 100% reliable.
For advice, I would say my classic “don’t let perfection get in the way of really good work”. Your project will look good; try it out with some students and fix it up after the first go round. For example, here’s an eas.elly I created: it ain’t perfect but now I know how to use the software.