I created this site to share what I am learning about using computer technology, especially opensource software to create classroom handouts, videos, audio lessons, and instructional websites. It is important to me to really understand how these technologies work and to know now to use them effectively.
This is a complicated subject with much to understand any many skills to aquire. Writing on this site helps me to sort it all out in my mind and understand what I have to do to make progress. If you would like to join me in this journey, welcome!
- How to Perform Common Tasks
We freqently need to perform mundane tasks such as converting videos, scaling down photographs, and finding broken links on our websites. Here I collect proven solutions for my future reference and yours.
- Software Reviews
The opensource software which I use, why I have chosen it, and tips for using it in to create teaching materials.
- Stock Material
Large collections a photographs, drawings, audio recordings, and other materials are available for free on the Internet, if you know where to look. Here are some of the sites which we have found useful.
- Understanding File Formats
Any creative product produced on a computer is likely to be saved in one or more files. It is helpful to understand what each of the common file formats is for and what kind of things can be saved in it.
- Understanding Typefaces
Have you ever opened a document someone sent you only to find that the letters run together? Or is the text in the SVG illustrations on your website too wide when displayed on mobile devices? You may have a problem with missing typefaces. What typefaces are generally available? How can we make sure they are used? What about embedding typefaces? Here is what I learned.
- Creating Illustrations
Some concepts are best presented visually. Even if you do not consider yourself an artist, there are techniques which you can use to produce passable illustrations for your courses.
- Creating 3D Models and Animations
In some cases the best way to present an idea is with a moving or interactive illustration. I am exploring ways to do this and collecting notes here.
- Creating Videos
Creating videos is easier than ever. You probably already have a camera which can shoot video. With free software you can edit it, add caption and narration to produce an instructional video.
- Taking and Using Photographs
Photographs can be used as illustrations or to make flash cards. Creating high-quality photographs is easier than ever whether you are using a camera or your phone.