Music Teacher: Music Technology, Band
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Some Final Comments
What was the most important thing you felt you accomplished in the class this semester?
I finally have some real flash and dreamweaver experience. I have a better understanding of the advantages to using these programs, and some of the disadvatages. For example, a bonus is that there are a million different menu options which makes customizing your site and project possible. Customizing your site in something like iWeb just isn't possible in the same way it is in Dreamweaver. The downside is that it isn't a terribly intuitive program. You do really need to learn Dreamweaver, whereas with a lot of programs you can just fake your way through.
Discuss how the concept of Flash might be useful for the general web authoring and (performing arts) music educators.
Well...Flash is useful in a number of ways. I've seen some great flash websites, and some that weren't so great. With Flash there seems to be a delicate balance between being to fancy and being functional. For example, my friend Paola runs VIA, a multimedia company (www.visionintoart.com), and she paid someone to do her site in Flash. While she thinks it looks great, there are some drawbacks such as loading time and quick search features.
Comment on what you think are the strongest features of this course. The weakest?
The strongest feature is that you really do make us learn and apply this information. In a lot of tech classes, sometimes the application part is missing. Your web directions on the homepage really saved me as I was rethinking how to accomplish tasks learned a few weeks ago. You should write the manual on how to do things quickly. Your instructions are much more functional than the Adobe page, or the help menu. The weakest; it's more of a me thing-it can be hard in class to follow along with the task on my computer while you're demonstrating. I don't listen, and execute very well when doing both at the same time. All in all, I've learned quite a bit. Thanks.