I have been a fan of Google tools for some time. Two that I really like are Google Drive and Google Calendar. Google Drive is a great way to share documents like scripts, rehearsal contracts, and audition forms to with my students. Google Calendar is a wonderful way to share things like a rehearsal schedule with a cast or an activities schedule with a drama club.
Monday, March 3, 2014
I don’t think any of the blog search engines were confusing to use but if I had to pick, I think that the Google blog search was the easiest. I found some theatre blogs that I think would be useful because they talk about trends and issues in theatre for young audiences. Another way that I found some newsfeeds was through the websites that I am already subscribed to.
RSS feeds are pretty cool. I like the fact that this feature will put all of the new information from all the blogs that I like in one place. It is much better then getting dozens of emails from different emails subscriptions. I think that this would be a great tool for my theatre students. I would want them to subscribe to theatre themed feeds. I could use this as a way to distribute articles and show reviews. I think that all educators could take advantage of this tool. While I am not sure how helpful this would be for high school students, I would most defiantly use this for university level classes.
For thing number 9 I used the site ImageChef to create some signs. I would use some of the signs you see below to inform students about upcoming events. The process was relatively simple. I found signs that seemed to be entertainment oriented and added text that applied to drama/theatre.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
For thing 8 I used an app called Jigsaw. Since I really liked the image that I got from Flickr for thing 7 I decided to use the same image for thing 8. You can see the image below! Again, I think that images found on Flickr and modified by apps like Jigsaw can make PowerPoint presentations and lectures more engaging. I don’t know if I would ever share an extensive amount of pictures on Flickr or sites of a similar nature. Much like a blog it seems like a big commitment and at this point I really don’t have the time or desire to maintain one.
Friday, February 7, 2014
I didn’t know what Flickr was before this assignment. I opted for option 1 for this blog post. I went to the website and searched the keyword theatre. There were a lot of pictures of new and old theaters from all around the world. The one that caught my eye was a picture of the Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus by Natalie Stravers. As you can see below, it is an exquisite example of ancient Greek architecture. Having access to images like this would make lectures in theatre history much more appealing to high school students. Giving them a high quality image to look at adds to the lecture and overall learning experience. Not only do they learn about Dionysus and the festival inspired by this Greek God, they get to see the actual theater these events took place!
Thursday, February 6, 2014
While browsing around the website Go2Web20 I happened upon a really cool tool called PowToon. PowToon is a tool that you can use to create and animate videos and presentations. I really liked this tool because I have seen one too many dull PowerPoint presentations and this made viewing the presentation fun. The site is really user friendly and I was able to create an account for free (you can’t beat free)! It was extremely user friendly and the website has really awesome animated video tutorials to show you how to use the product. I could see this tool being used in a school or library setting. I think that this would be a great way to get both young and old students interested in the material you are presenting to them. I think it would also be a really cool way for them to present work as well.