Easy Paint Programmes

Are you like me? Most of the time I just want a paint / graphics programme to resize images or crop them. I don’t need to be doing fancy things most of the time which is why I don’t teach media or art. I just want to puddle with images. On Windows I use Paint from the Accessories folder and then I have downloaded Paint.net which is a lovely little programme. For more complex things I have graphics programmes which have come with my digital cameras. On Ubuntu I use Gimp when I want to do something complex but the easiest paint programme for Ubuntu is mtPaint graphic editor. So easy and does everything I want. On the Apple Mac I use Adobe Photoshop or Gimp for more complex things but the easiest paint programme is Paintbrush. You can preset the image size and the format you want your images saved in. Doesn’t get easier than that. If I want to quickly do an artistic layout of images on the Mac or Windows, then I use Shape Collage which makes me look really good!

Story Boarding for e-learning

I wrote my original post here and was looking at the benefits of story boarding and found some tools to help. I had thought it would be a good way to get students to approach a number of tasks with their laptops. I wasn’t wrong. It was really important for us to include the story boarding part of our assignment so that the finished product had taken shape and form properly. There is a really good post here on Word Of Mouth where David Becker has written a guest post explaining very clearly the reasons for story boarding, how to turn that thought into a classroom reality and then he uses a very good example so that you can see what it looks like. I downloaded the story boarding template because I think it will be another good tool in my classroom and I am interested to see how students will respond to it because it is clearly set out. I have discovered that with story boarding it is important to have electronic versions of the story board which demonstrate that they can be easily filled out or the tendency is that students will vote with their feet (keyboards , actually) and go off and start doing their assignment their way. Laptop learning has to be reeled in sometimes so that the students focus on the content and not get lost in production faffing!

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