Friday, May 26, 2006

The Beginning of MITE/MILM Blogging

I am very pleased to begin this module in relation to design of visual representations. I think that my class is relatively good group of students and in general they showed sincere interest in subject matter. Here are some images from my class:

I noticed one concern from students. Some appear to be concerned about their own technical skills. In fact, main idea of this module is that it is to be highly creative and innovative adventure for the participants where they will explore ways how to transform information and data, and express their ideas and knowledge in visual forms. This can be done with very user friendly technologies such as PowerPoint. We will explore some techniques for using Macromedia Flash, however, in general I do not expect high level of technical expertise, and I will be always ready to assist students with my own technical skills to transport their visual design plans into final digital product. In this context I would liek my student to see me as a partner in their leanring.

NOTE: How I made this video?

1. I used Photostory free software from Microsoft to assemble a set of images together in a sequence.
2. I compiled this sequence into a video file.
3. I imported the video file into Macromedia Flash and I exported it as Flash Movie
4. I uploaded Flash Movie into ILN Web Repository and then I displayed it in my blog


At 3:06 PM, Blogger Kelvin Leung said...

My responses to Dr. Churchill’s questions:

• What have you learnt in the first class of this module?

I have learned that how different visuals and use of colors can make an ordinary representation more lively and more communicative. Furthermore, I am also marveled by the thoughts and creativity put into making some of the interactive presentations on the web, which were shown in the class.

However, before I go wild and start color-coding everything, I must remind myself to pay attention to the needs of my audience. I recalled Hong Kong Examination Board recently color-coded some of their exams, without realizing that they have effectively shutting out some color-blinded students. So, I would add that before we do color-coding, we must educate ourselves of how to do them properly.

Here is a reference that I found about color-blindness:

Here is a simple color-blind test:

• What do you hope to learn in future in this module?

I hope to learn not so much on the technology, but the understanding of how to apply visual aids effectively.

• Do you think that interactive visual representations are important for education?

As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” I imagine an interactive one must saves tens of thousands words! With our younger generations becoming more and more attuned to reading magna and seeing things visually (rather than relying on reading words alone), I think thoughtful use of interactive visual aids would get messages across to the learners much more effectively (than without).

• Let us have one slide/image that introduces you.

Mine is already published. It is on

At 2:58 PM, Blogger Amy Kan said...

As I'm an IT idiot, when I saw you make this class photo video so fast, I was really amazed. Hope that after this module, I could get such kinds of technical skills and do the same great work.

At 5:23 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

In fact, after the next lesson on digital storytelling, you will be able to make one, may be even faster than me.

At 9:25 PM, Blogger Susanna said...

I tried to import the vedio file to Flash but I couldn't. Flash cannot read the file (wp3 file).

How can I import the Photostory to Flash?

At 11:02 PM, Blogger Maximilian Wat said...


We can import the video into Flash MX in wmv format but not in wp3 format. wmv file is the media file but wp3 file is the project file.

At 11:12 PM, Blogger Susanna said...

Thanks Maximilian, I know the wp3 file is not the final product and the final product that I have now is in WMV format. However, the Flash that I downloaded (Flash Professional 8) can only support flv or mov file. Is it necessary for me to download Flash MX instead or I can use other method to solve this problem?

Anyway, thanks again ^-^

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