Many instructors performed double-takes as they first examined the wealth of icons on their CIC computer screens. You can find most necessary course tools grouped under two headings: “Browsers, Cloud Services, News & Weather” and “Microsoft Office.” However, some of you may want to explore additional options:
- To support student research: Evernote creates searchable, cloud-based archives of notes and digital clippings. Students may also use the tool to present research-in-progress to peer groups.
- To incorporate print or digital publishing into course assignments: Adobe’s InDesign and Acrobat Pro help users author printable brochures and PDF files as well as digital EPub books . Microsoft Publisher has templates for multiple types of print publications, including flyers, pamphlets, brochures, and business cards.
- To create web pages: Dreamweaver, part of Adobe’s Creative Suite, features “starter templates” students can customize. They may also build pages from scratch using a textual/graphical interface (read, no coding knowledge required).
- To create, remix, or edit images: Try Adobe Fireworks, Illustrator, or Photoshop. The free program, GIMP, features fewer options than the Adobe Creative Suite programs, but works fine for basic image composition and editing.
The iSchool’s web site contains a complete list of lab software. Let Kimberlee or Tesla know if you’d like a training workshop on any tool listed.