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  1. Teaching and LearningComputer Media AMREF Seminar

  2. Introduction • Why use computers ? • Computers can make things easier • Improved distribution and manipulation of information • Computers are becoming integrated with society • People are interested in computer-presented information • People are beginning to expect to receive information on computers

  3. Media Types • Visual • Audio • Video • Interactive

  4. Visual • Word Processing • Spreadsheets • Graphic Design / Layout

  5. Word Processing • Programs • Text Editor (Notepad, Wordpad) • Microsoft Word • OpenOffice Writer • Aspects • Good for lots of information (e.g. reports) • Familiar (well understood, common) • Demo

  6. Spreadsheets • Programs • Microsoft Excel • OpenOffice Calc • Aspects • Used for numeric data, e.g. accounting • Good for analysis, e.g. charts, graphs • Demo

  7. Graphic Design / Layout • Programs • Visio • PageMaker • Quark • Adobe • Aspects • Very accurate, professional design • Expensive, complicated

  8. Office Suites • Microsoft Office • Common • Expensive; often illegally copied • OpenOffice • Less common • Free! • Can read all Microsoft files • Available for nearly all kinds of computers

  9. Audio • Pre-recorded audio • CD • MP3, WMA • Streaming Audio • Players • Windows Media Player • RealPlayer • Demo: “A Teachers Story” (MP3)

  10. Video • Formats • MPEG • RealMedia • Shockwave, Flash • Players • Windows Media Player • RealPlayer • Shockwave, Flash • Demo: “No Time to Drop Your Guard” (SWF)

  11. Interactive • Presentations • Internet/Web • E-mail

  12. Presentations • Programs • Microsoft PowerPoint • OpenOffice Impress • Aspects • Similar to word processing, but optimized for presentations • Demo

  13. Internet • Probably the most valuable computer tool • Access to most of the information in the world • Searching (yahoo, google) • Specialized content • Aspects • Lots of information; sometimes hard to find • Can be biased or wrong! • Inadvertent, inappropriate content • Demo: Google search

  14. Internet HIV/AIDS Resources • http://www.globaldialogues.org • http://www.avert.org/africanstories.htm • http://www.tactp.org.za/content/view/21/21 • http://www.thebody.com/inspire.html • http://www.avert.org • http://www.hsrc.ac.za • http://www.tac.org.za • http://www.unaids.org • http://www.sahara.org.za • http://www.kff.org • http://www.mttaids.com/site • http://www.ukzn.ac.za/heard

  15. E-Mail • Fast, cheap communication • Easy to broadcast information • Easy to exchange lots of information via attachments • Demo

  16. Summary • Lots of information available • Lots of things to learn • Don’t worry ! Everyone is just as overwhelmed by computers as you are. • Share information • Experiment • Work with experts (become an expert !)

  17. Thank you • Questions ? • My e-mail: alingelb@yahoo.com