Our Class Reflection blog post theme this week was to choose an unfamiliar and interesting content and creation tool and to overview and review it; including its strengths and weaknesses, and weather or not it would be a good tool for teachers.
I started off really excited to try out Puppet Pals; so I tried to download it on my husband’s Samsung tablet but it was not offered through GooglePlay. I went to my computer and downloaded the Puppet Pals combo pack for roughly ten dollars…. and I could not get it to work. Apparently, it only works on Ipads and new Iphones- I have neither. Whoops
However, it all worked out because I then decided on the Chrome extension Lightshot. I chose this creation tool because I feel like it would be very useful in my Learning Project and it was free. I had already thrown ten bucks out the window!
I found Lightshot very easy to install and it took only seconds to download. After it was downloaded, I tried it out on my Learning Project blog and it was pretty neat. There is an icon on the upper right hand side that looks like a purple feather. I click on the icon and the whole screen turns dark with “select area” in white, using my mouse I made a little box that I could size and pick what I wanted to crop out. After cropping, the options to manipulate the picture include; pen, line, arrow, rectangle, marker (lighter and larger than the pen), text (makes a text box), colour, and undo.
While this creation tool is easy to use, it only works within the Chrome screen and will not work on the tabs or the whole computer screen. I wanted to show you a picture of the purple feather, but I could not. It also saves to downloads, which is a little bit inconvenient.
I feel like this tool would be beneficial to teachers because you can take any part of a website page, leaving material that is not relevant or appropriate. I will be using this creation tool often and I look forward to the opportunities it will allow me to do within my blog.
Thanks for reading!