Iconify Commercial – Web 2.0 Tool

Iconify

 

I chose Iconify as my Web 2.0 tool because this site was easy to navigate and it is useful for curating visual content. Some aspects of the tool need to be better explained, but over all I would encourage teachers to use it. This site provides a good example of an online portfolio can be used in the classroom to help students promote their own content.

Here is a link to my commercial:

http://screencast.com/t/0N6naGnzE5as

and a link to the official website:

http://iconify.co/

It took me several attempts to finish this commercial because of technical issues and stumbling over lines. The commercial ended up being a tutorial rather than an actual commercial; this was definitely my biggest problem. I could not figure out a concept to introduce Iconify without simply showing a step by step tutorial of how the site works. I tried to add music but the process was too frustrating so I gave up and uploaded the video without any background sounds. The process of placing the correct images on Powerpoint slides and then recording the Jink video was very time consuming and I became frustrated with the process several times.

20% Design 2-15

I have begun looking into current “edu-games” in order to get a general idea of how educators can effectively use a gaming space as an educational tool. The game that appears to be the most recommended by educators and avid players alike is The Typing of the Dead¬†series published by Sega. The most recent iteration,¬†The Typing of the Dead: Overkill, was recently released on the digital distribution platform Steam for $19.99.

typing of the dead

The game challenges players to quickly type words and phrases in order to incapacitate zombies before they come too close to the screen. The game can be graphic and is not recommended for younger players, but it can be a fantastic tool for educators who wish to improve typing skills in older students.