What is it? Tech4Learning is a suite of software products aimed specifically at elementary-school aged children. There are six programs, with the bulk of the software focusing on some element of graphic design. Pixie, Twist and Image Blender focus primarily on static images, while the Frames application allows for a level of video production. Share and Wixie are presentation programs that also allow for the creation of Web sites. Visit Tech4Learning to learn about the products.
How does it work? Once the software is purchased and installed, a brief tutorial is all a teacher needs to get up to speed. These programs are designed for young children, so any
teacher with a basic understanding of computers will be able to pick up the programs fairly easily.
How hard is it to use? Not very. Again, these are aimed at 8-year-olds, so adults should seem like seasoned vets compared to their young charges.
How well does it work? The programs do what they say they do. These are not heavy-duty applications like PhotoShop, Final Cut or even Power Point. They do provide a very basic tool for getting students involved in graphic design, video production and Web design.
How do I use it in the classroom? The software is designed specifically for classroom use. All an educator needs to do is carve out a piece of the day for the students to use the programs. They also work well for class projects.
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