How did you use new media technologies in the construction, research,planning, and evaluation stages?
I found it important and useful to use different media technologies in the development of mytasks. By using the multiple platforms I was able to learn how to use them and know what to doif I chose to use them in future tasks. I used media technologies including. www.webeden.co.uk Microsoft PowerPoint www.muzu.tv www.picmonkey.com Microsoft Word Photoshop www.blogger.com www.slideshare.net www.youtube.com Adobe Photoshop
I used Microsoft Word to create questionnaire documents as I found this the easiest mediatechnology to do so. I know how to use this document and its features so it didn’t take me longto create a questionnaire which I then printed out to give to m audience. The features MicrosoftWord has makes it easy for me to layout the questionnaire and use tools such as a tick box andnumbers for the questions. Here is the tool bar at the top of Microsoft Word and shows thefeatures I used to create the documents. Font size Centre textFont NumberingBold Colour text Underline
I used Microsoft PowerPoint to create the evaluations, mood boards, spider diagrams and toset out the questionnaire feedback. The PowerPoint document enables me to move imageseasily and place exactly where I want them, to create the layout I want. I inserted a table so Icould easily set out the results from the questionnaire which helped me with decisions. I alreadyknew how to use Microsoft PowerPoint before the task, however now I can use it fluidly andknow what else I can use the document for. Here is the tool bar at the top of MicrosoftPowerPoint which features the controls I used to create the document. Centre text Arrows Font Text size Bold Text box Underline I inserted a table to set out the feedback from the questionnaires by going to Insert on the tool bar, then Table, then click on Insert table and this small box appears. I then chose the number of columns and rows I needed and pressed ok, which then the table appeared on the document.
Examples of how I have used Microsoft PowerPoint
Youtube was the main research source for my music video as I watched numerous music videosvia this website and it has every music video I needed. I was able to watch and pause the musicvideos to gather information from them to give me inspiration for my music video. However, atschool Youtube isn’t accessible as that website is blocked so I used muzu.tv to put links onto myblog so I could see them at school. I can view the same things I want to on both websites sochoosing one or the other was not a problem. I found that using these websites to watch musicvideos enabled me to pick up on camera angles, editing techniques and how the challenge theforms and conventions of other music videos, which helped me with my own. BrowseArtist/Song title Music video Section finder TimingPause/Play Full screen
My blog is the most important thing to get right as this is what all my work is put onto. Usingblogger wasn’t a problem as I used this website on last years tasks so I was able to get straightin to it this time. The functions of the blog allowed me to post as man times as I needed to andedit the posts in case I found mistakes after publishing them. Here shows that I have added a link to the website ancillary task. This made it easy for me to get onto the website quickly and it also is connected with the blog and what I mention in the blog. I also added links to other peoples blogs so I can gather inspiration and research from them. I have the teacher as she sometimes posts work for us to be getting on with on her blog so we know what to do and also a student who has already done this task. I found it useful to have her blog as I could check I was on the right lines with my own blog. Having m classes blogs on here helped me to realise if I was behind on any of the tasks seeing how ahead they were. I named these links Useful People so I know what they are. The Blog Archive is automatically on the blog and sets out all my posts in this small diary like links. It tells me how many posts I have done in what months and allows me to click on a previous post instead of scrolling through all the posts which can take up lots of time doing so. I checked this blog archive regularly to check I have posted enough times on the current month and if I realised I posted very little I would do some research or more work I can post about to keep my blog updated and running. Overall I have done 156 blog posts which are all relevant to the research, planning and creation of my media products.
I added a relevant title to I previewed some of the postsevery post I did so I knew before publishing them to see howwhat each specific post This button is to publish they looked before I publishedwas about if I needed to the post I had just them. It was mostly posts includingfind the post on the blog written for it to go onto images so I could decide if theyarchive. my blog where were too small or too big for the everyone can view it. post.I put in bold pieces of I added a lot of images to my blog sotext was more the images button was very useful toimportant or to add me. All I had to do was click on thebold headings to bits of button, chose the image file, pick thetext so the whole post appropriate size for the image, chosemade sense. where I wanted it to be placed then click on upload and it shows up on our I could add links onto a post when you publish it. word I put, however I didn’t use this button as I could write as much as I before I just copied and wanted in the text box pasted the link onto the and this is what posts to post. the blog.
Slideshare was a very useful website which I used to upload PowerPoint presentations andWord documents to my blog. I used this website last ear so I already knew how to use thiswebsite before obtaining the task. To upload a document to slideshare I clicked on the orange upload button or if I needed to uploaded more than one document to slideshare then I could click the blue upload button. I then chose the file/s I wanted uploading and they started uploading which took them just a few minutes each. Then to find the uploaded document I went to my account on the toolbar and clicked on My Uploads and chose the document I wanted to upload to m blog. On top of the document I’d chose and clicked on there are buttons like this. To embed the document to my blog I clicked embed, then copy, and then right clicked and pasted on my blog post. I previewed the blog post before I published it to make sure the document was embedded and if it had I published the post.
I used Adobe Photoshop to complete my main task which is the music video. I used this tocreate and edit my footage into the music video I wanted to make. The functions of AdobePhotoshop allowed me to use many editing techniques and develop skills and knowledge aboutthe media technology. It helped me plan the story boards as I knew what this media technologcan do therefore I can work around m shots to use the multiple features it offers. I realised itoffers a black and white selection, so to emphasise the past I edited those shots to black andwhite. Also knowing I can include fades into the editing gave me much confidence that thenarrative I wanted to portray would make sense. The video footageM video footage storage space Video footage plays here placed to create the music video SoundThe effects storage spacePhotoshop enabled me to create the digi pack. I was able to chose the size which I worked outby measuring the CD case as 126mm by 121mm using International paper. I placed the image Iwas using onto the editing space and added the text to the image. It was simple to do and ithelped me plan to the dimensions of the images and text.
Using picmonkey.com I was able to edit the images I took for the digi pack and website. I foundout that too much editing looks too fake and too little editing can result in a boring image. Ifound the balance and the editing I did to the images became the image I used overall. Thiswebsite helped towards planning the layout of the digi pack as the features on the websiteinclude cropping and using colours.Here is the image before editing. Here is the image after editing.As you can see the difference between the two images is massive. I cropped the image so thefeature of the image was in line with the rule of thirds. The website helped me plan the layoutof the digi pack as I placed around with the cropping tool and finally it came to a layout usingthe rule of thirds which came effective in the final media product.
Webeden.net is a website to create a website. I used this media technology in the constructionof the website I had to make as one of the ancillary tasks. I had never been on this websitebefore the start of this task, however, I easily found my way around the website and discoveredits features I could use.I used the website to add images on to as I was able to upload from m files I chose some imagesof the artist and relevant images to be shown on the website to the audience.I also used the website tocreate a layout which I newwas the forms andconventions of real mediawebsites. Columns were easyto put into place and theediting of the website wassimple. It enabled me tochose colours and font styleswhich I was happy with andcreated a website which wasfunctional for the audienceto use as a real mediaproduct.
Media technologies are vital when it comes to constructing, researching, planningand evaluating media products. There would be no media without the mediatechnologies so the many ones today have helped me with doing everything right upto now, as I wouldn’t be writing this evaluation without the Microsoft PowerPointtechnology. The numerous media technology I have used has varied my imaginationand broadened my knowledge and understanding of constructing, researching,planning and evaluating media products.