I really enjoyed this class over the semester. It made me think of education in a more creative way and helped me expand my knowledge on new websites and tools that I can use in my classroom. I do have to admit that when I find programs that work for me, like “PosterMyWall” and “Animoto” I tend to then stick to these programs and use them without much consideration of other programs. These programs are the ones I use to make posters, flyers, and movies for different classes. This can be a good or a bad thing as sticking to the same platform means for a quicker creating process but it can also cause for a restricted amount of variation to these type of media being created. “PosterMyWall” is a free program which I don’t think contributes to the factor of variation as there are so many different templates, fonts, and color options. But the program “Animoto” is a free movie making website but does have a lot of constrictions as you have to pay for the more stuff that you want to use. After more and more times of using this program, the different end goals will start resembling more as I am out of combinations that work. This class has opened my eyes to other programs that I can use and the amount of new material that I got was really helpful. I found new programs like “Wondershare Filmora” which is another movie making program and that one was very useful. Along with some other websites I downloaded to make comic strips like the apps “Comic Strip” and “Captions.” If it weren’t for this class, I’d probably be trying to do all this work with Google Docs or the Youtube filmmaker which can be used well, but takes longer as they aren’t dignified programs that focus on just one thing like making movies or posters.
This class has also helped me as a learner know what is right and wrong when it comes to finding material online and using it for class or other projects. There are so many awesome websites that have public domain resources that are able to be used without the fear of getting in trouble or messing with somebody’s copyrights. One of my favorite ones that I used consistently over the whole semester is the website “Unsplash.” This website has photographers and different people post their pictures on that website for public use, with the consideration of their names being placed next to the picture as a source of advertisement for themselves. These pictures use really contemporary themes and colors which is always a huge plus when finding media to use for class. This information about being smart about using material found online will really help me for the rest of my life. It will cause me to focus on this aspect of plagiarism so much more in my high school classroom. During this class, I have focused so much on using the appropriate approaches to using online material that it really will be something that sticks with me for the rest of my life. I have been using it so heavily over this past year I don’t think I will be able to forget it, nor would I ever want to! It is almost something that I do naturally and that is a really powerful instinct I have created over this semester.