Evaluation is concerned with the ability to judge the value of material (statement, novel, poem, and article) for a given purpose. The judgments are to be based on definite criteria. These may be internal criteria (organization) or external criteria (relevance to the purpose) and the student may determine the criteria or be given to them.
Creating is concerned with putting elements together to form a coherent or functional whole; reorganizing elements into a new pattern or structure through generating, planning, or producing. Learners will put things together; bring together various parts; plan experiments, put information together in new and creative ways.
Compare and discriminate between ideas; assess value of theories, presentations; make choices based on reasoned argument; verify value of evidence
Synthesize, arrange, blend, create, deduce, devise, organize, plan, present
Judge the logical consistency of written material, judge the adequacy with which conclusions are supported by data, judge the value of a work (art, music, writing) by the use of internal criteria, judge the value of a work by use of external standards of excellence.
Develop alternatives or hypotheses based on selected criteria; devise a procedure of accomplishing a selected task; design a tool to perform a specific task; create a product, give it a name and plan a marketing campaign within selected parameters; write a TV show, play, puppet show, role play, song or pantomime about…
Paper, story, project, plan, song, painting
Film, story, project, plan, new game, song, media product, advertisement, painting, radio show, video, new product development
Multimedia applications, macros, electronic games, films, videocasting, podcasting, directing/producing products, digital storytelling, wikis, blogs, model design, electronic painting & drawing
Directing and producing – to directing or producing a product, performance or production is a highly creative process. It requires the student to have vision, understand the components and meld these into a coherent product.
Filming, animating, videocasting, podcasting, mixing and remixing – these relate to the increasing trend to using and availability of multimedia and multimedia editing tools. Students frequently capture, create, mix and remix content to produce unique products.
Podcasting or vodcasting can also be used for guided asynchronous debates, and iCam and web meeting tool for debates across distances. Mind mapping tools can be used to define arguments and possible rebuttals. Chatrooms and Instant Messaging (IM) services can be enable synchronous debates across distances. Discussion Boards and email can be used for guided asynchronous debates. Persuasive speeches can be presented across distances with mind map tools used in presentation mode (samples of argument maps can be found at http://www.nu.ac.za/undphil/reason.htm#demarcat).
Programming – Whether it is creating their own applications, programming macros or developing games or multimedia applications within structured environments, learners are routinely creating their own programs to suit their needs and goals. Why not harness that creativity and have learners design a functional project that addressed course objectives and outcomes.
Publishing – whether via the web or from home computers, publishing in text, media or digital formats are increasing. Again this requires a huge overview of not only the content being published, but the process and product. Related to this concept are also
Video blogging – the production of video blogs, blogging and also wiking – creating, adding to and modify content in wikis.
Creating or building Mash ups and Digital Storytelling would also fit in this domain.
- AjaxWrite – Web based word processing program.
- Alice 2.0 – free scripting and prototyping environment program for 3D object behavior. Runs on Windows.
- Animoto – web application that automatically generates professionally produced videos using their own technology and motion design. Each video is a fully customized orchestration of user-selected images and music. Produced on a widescreen format
- Audacity – for podcasting, recording narration in presentations.
- Blender – an open source, cross platform suite of tools for 3D creation.
- Blogger – Google resource that allow the user to set up an unlimited number of hosted blogs for free. The resources is easy to use and has a built in tutorials.
- C-Map (open source)
- Classroom blogmiester – free blogging tool developed specifically for classroom use.
- Click Caster – web based podcast publishing tool.
- Concept Tutor Plus – tool can be used by educators or learners to create single concept learning units.
- Dvolver – online movie making tool. Movies that learners create can be saved on their server or sent to others.
- Gamemaker – written to make it easier for people to design and make their own computer games.
- Edublogs – free blog hosting service based on WordPress. Site is dedicated to offering blogs for faculty and students. Site contains a number of teaching techniques for integrating blogs into the learning environment, and they offer classroom and campus wide solutions.
- Eyespot – Eyespot provides video editing and sharing software that can be easily embedded in any website.
- Finale notepad – free music notation software.
- Freemind (open source)
- Ganttproject for Gantt charts and PERT Charts
- Gcast – web based site that allows the user to record and mix podcasts
- GIMP – a free image manipulation program that provides tools for photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring.
- Historic tale construction kit –flash based application that allows learners to create a comic book type story using medieval backdrops and images. Once created the projects can be emailed or added to an online gallery.
- JING – package allows learners to capture images, record videos of what they see on the screen and upload and share their products through email, IMs, or blogs.
- Jump cut – provides a way to upload, edit, and share videos and photos for free.
- Maya3d PLE – personal learning edition based on the Autodesk Maya 8.5 software. This version is restricted to non-commercial applications.
- Microsoft Movie Maker – Microsoft PC product that comes with XP service pack 2. If you need to download another copy go to
- Microsoft NetMeeting for XP, or Windows Meeting Space for Vista users. Both products are built into their respective versions of Windows.
- ODEOStudio – web based site that allows the user to record audio or import audio for podcast mixing and distribution.
- Open Office – free and open office productivity tools.
- Openproj for Gantt, Pert and critical pathways – the product is a desktop replacement for Microsoft Project; it has equivalent functionality, a similar user interface and even opens existing MSProject files.
- Photostory by Microsoft – easy to use free software download from Microsoft. Works on PCs only.
- Picnik – free server based photo editing program.
- Pinnacle – video community site dedicated to editing. They operate a free space on the web where students can share their videos.
- podOmatic – site that allows for the creation and sharing of podcasts.
- RPG Maker XP –product allows users to create role-playing games without any special knowledge or training.
- Scratch – programming language created by MIT that makes it easy to create interactive stories, animations, games, music and art.
- Sketchup – Google 3D software tool, software, training, and tutorialsare avaliable on the site. The base product is free, pro version can be downloaded for a trial period.
- Skype – product provides free video calls and instant messaging.
- Star Office – With slide templates, custom fonts, combined audio, video, animations, and special effects users can create multimedia presentations (pc only)
- Tuxpaint – free children’s drawing program. Runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms.
- WordPress – the software for this blog tool can be downloaded for free and hosted on your own server or hosting service at http://wordpress.org/ , or you can free hosted blog at WordPress.com
- Yahoo Instant Messenger – product runs on Mac & PC, and can be downloaded at
- Zoho – product provides a number of productivity and collaboration tool applications.
- Adobe Premier elements – Users can create flash videos that can be shared online or through mobile devices
- Apple iLife 08 – For MACs only. Comes packaged with newer MACs. Can be purchased separately.
- Comic creation tools – Features include Page and Panel layouts, (including styles for a real comic-strip look), streamlined image selection, cropping and placement, authentic speech balloons (enhanced by a built-in professional quality comic lettering font), captions and special effects text – (free 30 day trial)
- Flash – Adobe product – high learning curve and a bit expensive.
- GIMP – is a GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.
- Inspiration – graphlic organizer taht allows learners to visualize, think, and organize learning activities. (free 30-day trial)
- Paint.net – free photo editing software.
- Pinnacle Studio – video capture and transfer software.
- Quicktime Pro– Apple product that runs on the PC and MAC (~$30.00)
- RealPlayer Plus – product runs on PC and MAC (`$40.00).
- Smart ideas – visual learning software that assists learners in analyzing and understanding complex ideas. (free 30 day trial)
- Voicethread – “A VoiceThread is an online media album that can hold essentially any type of media (images, documents and videos) and allows people to make comments in 5 different ways – using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (with a webcam) – and share them with anyone they wish. The company provides a limited free version and fee based professional version (~$60.00 a year) – read the pricing page for details.
Tutorials and Samples
- Apple Podcasting in Education Video Series
- Digitales – digital storytelling resource site
- Digital Clubhouse Network – community based story-telling project that is looking for individuals from all age groups and walks of life to share their stories. They offer all of the tools for free to those who what to participate in the community.
- Telling their stories – Oral history archives project – site contains a collection of digital interviews conducted by high school students.
- Who’s Using Podcasting in Education and How – site maintained by Fordham University Center for Professional Development.
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