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Graphic Tools for Teachers

Nowadays, students and children are highly visual learners. They get bored if majority of a teacher’s discussion is plain text. Whenever I prepare a lesson, I make sure that I include images that not only give them clue to the text presented but also make them think and process some puzzles embedded in the pictures.

When I was a high school student, we only have 4 macro skills namely, Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. Now, one macro skill is added, and that is VIEWING. My students always request me to have a film viewing once in a while for I incorporate short films to my class whenever possible. I accompany each viewing session with guide questions about the film. The guide questions are divided into 3 parts: pre-viewing, while viewing, and post-viewing questions. This way, there will be processing of what they are going to watch, watching, and have watch, and not just a film given to them to kill time. I always make sure we have a discussion of what transpire during the film viewing and I answer questions of the students about things that aren’t clear to them.

Since almost 65% of our population are visual learners, I make use of GRAPHIC TOOLS to aid me in producing instructional materials for my daily lessons. Here are some tools that can help you in pouring some artistry in you work:

PAINT.NET / GETPAINT.NET

The interface of Paint.net is easy to pick up, and it has an unlimited undo function that makes correcting your learning-curve mishaps in a snap.

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM

Lightroom is a tool you can use to process huge batch of images from a photoshoot that need to be cropped, corrected, and made print ready as soon as possible.

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP

Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Systems for Windows and OS X. Photoshop was created in 1988 by Thomas and John Knoll. Since then, it has become the de facto industry standard in raster graphics editing, such that the terms “photoshopping” and “photoshop contest” were born. It can edit and compose raster images in multiple layers and supports masks, alpha compositing and several color models including RGB, CMYK, Lab color space (with capital L), spot color and duotone. Photoshop has vast support for graphic file formats but also uses its own PSD and PSB file formats which support all the aforementioned features. In addition to raster graphics, it has limited abilities to edit or render text, vector graphics (especially through clipping path), 3D graphics and video. Photoshop’s featureset can be expanded by Photoshop plug-ins, programs developed and distributed independently of Photoshop that can run inside it and offer new or enhanced features. (Source: Wikipedia)

GIMP

GIMP or (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free and open-source raster graphics editor used for image retouching and editing, free-form drawing, resizing, cropping, photo-montages, converting between different image formats, and more specialized tasks. (Source: Wikipedia)

PICASA

Picasa is an image organizer and image viewer for organizing and editing digital photos, plus an integrated photo-sharing website, originally created by a company named Lifescape (which at that time may have resided at Idealab) in 2002 and owned by Google since 2004.

There are still a lot of graphic tools available online. The top 9 online picture editors are featured in this blog >>> TNW

Pixlr

Fotor

PicMonkey

BeFunky

Ribbet

FotoFlexer

LunaPic

Sumo Paint

Photoshop Express