Using Digital Media in the classroom.

I have been using Digital Media in the classroom since I began teaching but have found myself often limited by time/ FETAC module requirements and resources. However, the past two summers I have been lucky to teach a digital bootcamp. 20 iMacs + 20 students = 70 hours of fun spread across four weeks. When calling up students the first few questions I am asked always include ‘are there any exams’ and I am lucky that this subject is 100% practical so the students get graded on the work they do in class. The one challenge I still face is resources but not so much college resources as they always provide everything I could possibly need for my class (within reason!) but more the fact that I want my students to be able to go away after the 4 weeks and practice at home.

The course I teach involves web-design, social media, digital marketing, photo-editing and video-editing.
While traditionally I would have used software such as photoshop and final cut I always felt that these were inaccessible to students after mainly due to cost so this year I am using both of these but also offering alternatives. I have tried out a few free web-based apps throughout the year which have aided my teaching. So here are the various things I will be using during the next four weeks and at the end of each week I will run through reviews of what we are using so here is the line up of what you can expect.

Social Media and Web-Design

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • YouTube
  • WordPress

Photo creation

  • Wordle
  • Photo visi
  • Photoshop
  • Loupe
  • Fotor

Video creation

  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Animoto
  • Video Scribe
  • Go Animate

Digital Marketing

  • Aurasma
  • Pinfographics
  • Qr Tools
  • Good Adwords and Analytics
  • Facebook Ads and Insights
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

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