Creating a Magazine Cover forces a student to critically think about the elements that will convey a particular meaning for the audience. Therefore, students can use it to create summaries, convey aesthetic judgments, learn about the relationship between text and image--these are just some ideas.
Like Magazine Covers, creating Trading Cards forces a student to critically think about the elements that will convey a particular meaning for the audience. Therefore, students can use trading cards to summarize important information while learning about the relationship between text and images.
Motivational Posters are seen in many offices, and we tend to ignore them now. However, this creator can be used to have students understand denotations and connotations of words, or even as a method of reinforcing literary terms.
For many years, cartoons have been used to educate (e.g. political cartoons), tell a story (e.g. Egyptian tomb paintings), and to story board (e.g. commercials/ads). Cartoons can now be incorporated for both illustrating a concept or as student assignments.
Slideshare is a service where people can upload their PowerPoints and share them with the world. The presentations are converted into a flash-type file with player controls, and the result can be embedded on web pages.
Open Source is an approach and type of accessibility to a product or knowledge.
Open Source is highly collaborative and its effects can be seen in many industries, most commonly in the software industry.
Open Source is meant to lessen the restrictions on use/accessibility, and on the creation of derivatives of a work.
Linux is one of the most well-known examples of an Open Source project, but there are literally thousands.
Course Material Creation (Open Source and Freeware)
Audacity (audio recording and editing)
Kompozer (HTML editor)
The GIMP (raster graphics editor)
Open Office (office suite)
ClamAV (anti-virus software)
Inkscape (vector graphics creator/editor)
What is Open Courseware? Op en Courseware started out as an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to put all of their undergraduate- and graduate-level course materials online, free and openly available to anyone, anywhere, by the end of 2007 (MIT, 2009). How much information is available? As of Fall 2008, over 1800 courses had been published on the web through this initiative. This type of information allows educators in all disciplines to use and build upon one another’s work for their own classrooms.