Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ipad Assignment

For the Ipad App assignment I chose two design Apps.


The first was Freeform: The Vector Drawing App.

This app seems to resemble the paint function that comes standard on many computers, with the obvious exception of the touch screen capabilities. This should, theoretically, make the use of this product easier to use than the one that come one computers, as the touch screen would make the actual drawing process easier than the pencil tool on the computer. This App has zooming capabilities. You can create and modify objects, and save your projects.


The second was SketchPad.

This App is more simple than Freeform. Whereas Freeform has a lot of tools to chose from in your creation process, SketchPad just has the touch screen drawing capabilities. However, SketchPad does allow you to chose from different types of “paper,” such as college ruled, graphed, plain, etc. Also, you can choose what color you want to draw with. In addition to the drawing capabilities of SketchPad, you can also type with it, and incorporate notes into your drawings.

I chose these two Apps because I thought they would be of obvious benefit to my future students. For theatre practitioners, especially those in the technical side, would benefit from these Apps. It would be possible to use these Apps in the designing of costumes and set pieces, or perhaps even full sets. They would be beneficial in that it would be easier to “erase” any mistakes, or makes changes to the designs, by going back and eliminating and/or what you want changed. Also, the SketchPad App would be helpful when making notes on the designs. Both would be beneficial when it comes to storing and sharing the designs, which would make collaborating on design projects easier, as one could, most likely, save the file and send it, and the other person could open it and make changes.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Best/Worst WebQuest

Best: Anti-earthquake Designer.
Allowed creativity.  Working links.  Laid out time line.

Waves and Sound.
Boring.  Complicated, time wise, and not very well organized.

WebQuest Eval

WebQuest about WebQuests Worksheet
Print this page out and use it to jot down notes while you examine each site. Remember to stay in character as you examine the sites and don't compare notes until you get back with your four-person group.
Your Role
___Efficiency Expert
Beth Altitudinist
Your Impressions

Saving the Gorillas
Interesting color scheme.  Important Issue.  Gives list of useful websites.Awkward phrasing.  Seems to be talking down to the reader. 
World of Shakespeare
 Objectives clearly stated at the beginning.  Combines several content areas.  Has a well defined evaluation chart.  This is all about promoting creativity.  Conclusion meant to spark further thinking. It assumes that everyone reading knows what a skit, or ad libbing is.  Why no ad lib?

Anti-Earthquake Designer
 Fun, creative, and meaningful assignment.  Clear group assignments.  Clear requirements and instructions, accompanied by helpful pictures.  Text and color too bright.
 Assumes that students already know about earthquakes, doesn't count for learning about them.
Foreign Country Presentation
 Clear mission statement.  Clear requirements.  Helpful links.

 Background color way too bright.  Doesn't elaborate on how to best convince, or persuade other students best.
Waves and Sound
I catching picture.

 Way too bright of a color scheme.

Bernie Dodge, Department of Educational Technology, SDSU

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Double Entry # 11

Thinking Creatively: Teachers as designers of Content, Technology and Pedagogy.

Pedagogy and teaching can be messy, but you can help clear some of the fog by focusing on content.

There is, apparently a fight going on between different content areas, over which is more important.

One problem with an some newer technology is that it is unstable, however is changes everything.