evaluation and report

Evaluation

There is a lot of new things I learnt while completing this module the first being that I learnt how to use adobe flash, before I completed this assignment I only had a basic understanding of how to use adobe flash such as creating short animations, but after spending my time on this assignment my skills have became so much better and I have also learnt how to do much more on flash, for example when I first started this assignment we were given the task of creating an application concerning health problems, it never occurred to me that you could create an application on flash I just thought that it was solely for creating animations, and the further and further that I started creating this application I realised the full potential of flash such as adding buttons, adding videos and sound etc. I also really enjoyed using flash because it is a very good program for creating applications and also for creating animations, after this assignment I also thought that I was much more confident when using this software and I would relish the opportunity to use it again because I really enjoyed my time using it.  When doing this assignment I also became much more familiar with other software such as audacity for adding sound to my application and adobe premier and I took away a lot of different skills and techniques that would help me in the future.

When creating my application I didn’t just learn a lot about the software but I also learnt much more because we were given the task as a group to create an application about the different health problems and to make kids at a key stage 2 level more aware about these problems, so while I was researching I found out a lot about health problems such as anorexia and obesity that I didn’t know before and also how it affects the people with these problems both physically and mentally. I found this information to be very interesting because I didn’t know much about this, not only were we as a group trying to educate children but we were also being educated ourselves and we found out a lot of useful information that I will take away with me. For the application one of the pages that I created was about anorexia what I had to do for this was create a character that is associated with anorexia, we decided that the characters would be on the extreme end of the scale, as it was an application for kids and we wanted to show them what could have happened to you if you go down one of these roots, as for my character which was to do with anorexia I decided to have it as a female because after doing my research I found out that most of the sufferers of anorexia are actually female, I thought why this might be and concluded that it might possibly have something to do with the fact that magazines are covered with models who are all extremely thin, and young girls might get the impression that this is how you are meant  to look, so for my character I wanted to have it so that the woman may think she is pretty as she is wearing a dress but her ribs are sticking out through her dress and she has an extremely thin face, I hoped that if someone seen her that they would realise this.

There was also a few thing that were challenging while creating this, the first being that I found it kind of difficult to get the buttons working at the start, this was because I found it hard at the start to get them all the same size because when I first created the first page of the application the buttons were different sizes because the length of the button names were bigger for example the button for anorexia was bigger than the help page, so what I first done to try and make it look better was change the font size and have all the buttons the same size, but again I soon discovered that this didn’t look that great either, so we looked at this as a group and found a solution on how we would fix it, we decided that we would put the buttons on Photoshop and lay them out with the grid so that we could get them the same size and the same distance apart so that they would look the best this way and I really think that the application looks a lot better this way. There was a few times in which someone would encounter an problem such as working on the animation or creating the quiz, we as a group would put our heads together and we would find a solution on how to make whatever we were doing better and there was rarely a point where we were completely stuck and had to do something else.

There could have been a few improvements while I was doing this module the first being that on the application I believe if we were to do it again I think that we could have made it better for the target audience of young kids because at the moment I believe that there could have been improvements made to the application in this sense such as making the quiz more playful for kids such as including more colour and images and something that would really get their brains going and so that they would really take in the information if it include more images and sound and overall more playful, because I thought that if you use just multiple choice questions the kid might not be taking all they could in.

Like I said before this module has really interested me and I have learnt a lot as a result of this such as how to use the different software packages such as adobe flash audacity etc. And also when creating my application I also  learnt a lot about different health problems and how people can overcome these problems and the whole module has really interested me and I would love to continue doing something in along the lines of this module.

Report

When we started this assignment we were put into groups of four, for my group it included Ros, Stephen, Josh and I, each group were given a different topic on which they would create an application and the target audience would be key stage 2 students. We were given the task to create an application which would concern health problems such as anorexia, obesity etc. We then came together as a group and started taking down ideas on what our application would have in it firstly we decided that obesity and anorexia would have to be in it along with what effects these would have on the body and a help page for people who may have these problems are know someone who has these problems where they can get help if they need it. Another page that we decided would be on it was a healthy page this is where there would be information in how to keep a healthy body would go. And finally the final page would be the quiz page this would ask the key stage 2 students to answer after they have gone through the site.

The next thing we then decided was that the application should have cartoon characters because it is a application for children, so we decided that each page such as anorexia, obesity, healthy and effects should have a character I created the first character this was the anorexia character which was a girl who was extremely skinny and her ribs were visible and she had an extremely skinny face also. Josh then created a character for obesity which was a man who was very obese and was holding a burger in his hand the purpose being that this would let children know that fast food causes obesity. Ros then created a healthy person who was on his bike and who looked very fit and was had a very low risk of having any health problems. We then created a template on which everyone could work of this included buttons the logo the proper colours etc. And we all created a page which would include information about the health problems, problems associated with it and how you can get help. We then created the effects page this include a video about the problems associated which each of the health problems both anorexia and obesity. We then had a help page which told the user how they could get help or someone they know could be able to get help. There was then a quiz page which was created that would ask the user a lot of questions which were either multiple choice or drag and drop style quiz. There was also a splash screen and this included all of the characters and them making some sort of movement such as eating a burger or cycling this page then automatically bring you to the the home screen. And that is what every page in the application contains.

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Assignment 1 Principles of Multimedia

Multimedia principles

There are many different multimedia principles and these principles can have an effect on how a user learns and how they can affect how users in contemporary society. The first multimedia principle is to make the best use of words and pictures, this means that adding graphics to text this  helps the user can take more information rather than if it was just long blocks of text, this is because the user can relate to the graphics because it would be related to the text in some way. Another multimedia principle is called spatial contiguity this means to get the best placement of words and text, what this means is that placing text near graphics helps improve learning and the user would be able understand the text better, it also means that users learn better when corresponding text and graphics are presented nearer to each rather than further away, this is very understandable because if there was a lot of text and images the text that is close to the images this is proven to improve learning for users because again the graphics relate to the text and when the user thinks back they can relate the text to the images again improving learning.

multimediaThe third multimedia principle is called temporal contiguity this is when users learn easier when words and graphics are represented simultaneously rather than successively, this multimedia principle is quite similar to the last principle but this means that the user can learn better if text and images are place beside each other rather than the text on top and the picture below it, again this has to do with the user identify the image and the text and how they are related meaning that they would take in information much easier. Like I mentioned earlier some of these multimedia principles are used in contemporary society what this means is how they are used in everyday modern society, and these first three principles are used a lot because if you think of any textbook, website, even programs and applications they usually abide by these principles, a website for example rarely would be seen without an image to accompany text, and if the user went to a website and they had just blocks of text they would be very reluctant to go on it and probably if they did learn something new it would not stick in their head. A lot of programs people use in everyday life use these principles for example a Kodak kiosk always has and explanation on how to use the program with text and it is accompanied by graphics the user can more easily understand the graphics quicker than they would understand the text on its own, the same can be seen for atm machines as they use the same system of graphics and text to explain to the user how to use their product.

The next multimedia principle is called coherence pretty much what the means is by rule less is more, what’s meant by this is that using too much text, sound, graphics can actually negatively affect the learning of the user,  this because users learn better when a lot of images and text are actually left out rather than included, for example if you were given something to learn it would be easier to learn something that just bullet points rather than a huge lump of text. Also if there is a lot of images this can actually be distracting to the learner than helpful. Ultimately people learn better if a lot of visuals, sound and text is eliminated from something rather than included. The next multimedia principle that I will explain is called modality this means that explaining visuals with sound improves a users learning quite a bit, users will learn better if images are explained with audio rather than just with text, again this is understandable because you can imagine that if you were watching a video you would be able to understand it better than just images with text. This multimedia principle is very much seen in today’s contemporary society because must websites now if they want to teach you something they will always usually have a video tutorial because people can understand this better rather than if it was just text with pictures alone. It is also important to note that a video with just text can actually hurt learning because the user is just trying to read it as fast as they can before the video moves and they are not really taking in the full information, so it is better to accompany a video with audio explaining something.

Another multimedia principle is called practice this means that interactions are the best for learning so basically the best way to learn something is actually just getting stuck in and actually try and do it, again this is seen a lot in contemporary society because if someone is trying to learn you something most of they time they will actually just get you to try it for practice again this is very true because you try something then you have a better understanding of it. Another multimedia principle is called personalization basically what this means is using a informal tone usually works better than a formal one this is because users understand what’s being said because it is the language that they would be using on a day to day basis and once they hear it in an informal style it will stick in there head better and would be better understood, more and more this multimedia principle is being seen in contemporary society because a lot of applications would use this to make it more familiar to the user and make I more friendly because an informal style can be quite of putting.