Tuesday, 19 April 2016

TEACHING OUR STUDENTS TO USE PIKTOCHART




Hello again!

As the saying goes: all good things come to an end, and so has our group challenges for ICT. 

I love working as part of a group and, I must say, I had a great experience working with my peers throughout these team challenges. We have laughed so much and, most importantly, we have learnt a lot from each other. I am definitely going to miss being part of team geography! 

For our last challenge, we had to create a tutorial that would support our students in their performance of our project. Keeping this in mind, we decided that the best choice was for us to do it about PIKTOCHART, since our students would have to use this tool to make an inphographic about an European country, as you could see in our storyboard and video

Having agreed on this, we started our search for the most appropriate tool to fit the idea that we had in mind of how we wanted our tutorial to look like, and that's when we came accross "Screencast-O-Matic". This is an online tool that allows users to record their computer's screen and their voice at the same time, all of which with a high quality of image and sound. It also allows its users to share their final product in Youtube or to download it if they prefer to do so.

If you are considering using Screencast-O-Matic , you must know that you need to create an account first. To do so, you have two possibilities: to sign up for the free version or for the paid one. In our case, we chose the free one, which came out to be quite complete. This version allows you to record up to 15 minute videos, and it also gives you the chance to use your webcam so that the public can see you along with your computer's screen. However, we did find an aspect that needs to be improved with regards to this tool: it crashes quite often and, as a consequence, there were many ocassions in which it took too much time to save the changes we had made. How stressful that was!

Once we had finished recording our tutorial, we decided to edit it by using Imovie, as we did in our video challenge. The main reason why we agreed on using this app, was because we had a really positive experience with it during that challenge, so we decided to use it again and add music and special effects to our tutorial through it. 

Do you want to see the final outcome of our last challenge? Just click on play in the following video and you will do so while learning everything about using Piktochart too! 

          


Also, and as we did with the rest of our group challenges, we presented our tutorial to be part of a nationwide collaborative project: AporTICs. So once we had our tutorial ready, we submitted it to their blog and are currently waiting to have it published.

Another important fact to highlight is that we chose a common license for our tutorial. We decided to do so because, throughout our ICT classes, we have learnt how important and beneficial it is for teachers to share resources and ideas. In this case, we chose this license Licencia de Creative Commons by which we allow others to share our work but not to modify it nor benefit economically from it.

And that is all, I would like to thank my group once again for the great work and wonderful ideas. It has been a pleasure working with you guys! GO GEOGRAPHY TEAM!





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