6. What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?
When conducting my music research, I had to set up a blog to put my coursework on. I set it up on blogger and that is where all of my coursework is based on. I typed most of my coursework up on blogger. At the beginning of my music magazine research, I conducted a questionnaire to hand out to my target audience. I made my question on surveymonkey.com I learnt that electronic questionnaires is great way to target people because if you are handing out questionnaires In the street, people may not have time and it’s not annoyoumous. When I gathered the feedback from my questionnaires, I put the results into Microsoft excel to produce pie charts to put on my blog. Pie charts area good visual way to show results from a questionnaire. I put all of my power points for my coursework onto slide share so I can upload them to my blog. This really helped because the power points are important and a non boring way to express coursework. I used Microsoft PowerPoint to conduct power points on. Power point is a good way of showing coursework as it’s not just written you can annotate work and add images etc...
Serif page plus was a huge part in the majority of my coursework. I designed my front cover, contents page and double page spread on serif page plus. I have learnt how to intensify the boldness of an image or logo and also how to re shape things. Serif is really helpful if Photoshop is not available to you. I knew how to use serif page plus due to previous subjects, but I feel I have gained more skills for page plus. When in the process of my double page spread, I had to erase the background of an image completely. I did that through draw plus as school. I had been able to use draw plus as I’ve had to use it in previous subjects, but I didn’t know how to cut away at a background. I learnt very quickly and found it a very easy process and it was successful. I used Prezi for my evaluation. I recently found out about and thought to try it out for an evaluation question. I think Prezi is very easy to get use to but it is a creative way to present coursework, it’s more creative than PowerPoint. I found it a slow process at first but as I got along I got use to it more, its a different approach to present coursework but it’s different and creative.
I used a memory stick to transfer work from school on to my memory stick so I could work from home. This is what I worked on at home for my magazine production. I had Serif Page Plus, Draw Plus and Photo Plus on my laptop so I found it very easy to do at home as it was just the same as doing it at school. I had a webcam I could record for one of my questions and I could also access You tube from my laptop as it cannot be accessed at school. I used my camera to take pictures for my magazine for the double page spread. The image on my front cover, I took on my friends camera at a gig and it was also a Sony cyber shot. It is very easy to connect, upload and edit photos with Sony. Lastly, I used YouTube to upload a video presentation of me and my partner for our research. I also uploaded a video of me answering one of the evaluation questions. I found this very easy and quick.