EDUARDO ALMEIDA DEL CASTILLO firstname.lastname@example.org TECNOLÓGICO DE ESTUDIOS SUPERIORES DE ECATEPEC FACULTAD DE ESTUDIOS SUPERIORES ACATLÀN UNAM
JCLIC A PLATFORM TO DEVELOP MULTIMEDIA MATERIAL Nowadays, multimedia material encourages students to learn and to improve different aspects oftheir everyday life such as learning a new language. The combination of software and hardware provides a multisensorial atmosphere which catches the user’s attention, facilitates the learning process and emphasizes the linguistics aspects of the language. JClic was created by the Ministry of Education of the Government of Cataluña to provide supporting multimedia and to have a community where alleducators could share their creations developed on the platform. It is developed in Java and can work with different operating systems. JClic allows the developer to create different activities in an extremely easy way, providing a better input for the student because of using video, sound, hypertext and images simultaneously. Working with JClic the students have control over their learningprocess and obtain feedback as soon as they finish with the activities. JClic comprises characteristics enabling the creation of material mixing assorted activities as matching the columns, completing gaps, concentration games, puzzles, ordering the elements, crosswords, etc. The advantage of using JClic is that developing material is extremely easy and it’s free. JClic can be an excellent tool tocreate different activities to reinforce your students’ knowledge and to make them learn in a meaningful way.
JCLIC A PLATFORM TO DEVELOP MULTIMEDIA MATERIAL 1. What is Multimedia?
Multimedia is a number of technologies working together to allow the use of video, sound, illustrations, animation, text material and digital software to be combined new ways for presenting information. Salinasmentions that (1996: 1) “Multimedia refers to videos, text, graphics, sounds, and
animation controlled by a computer, however, this combination is not simple. It is the combination of software and hardware which together provide a multisensorial information atmosphere”. Brett (2005: 16) states that “Multimedia must encourage the knowledge development from
input to intake through thisguideline”: Provide activities which catch the user’s attention in a specific linguistic form. Multimedia must facilitate the learning process through the feedback of the exercises. The learning process must be encouraged to use the different forms multimedia provides to emphasize linguistic aspects applying colors and hypertext. Multimedia must provide tools which help students facilitate theirlearning process.
Multimedia resources should be regarded as enhancers of the learning process through multimedia activities that are aimed to increase the students’ interest in the topic. 1.1 Essential Characteristics of Educational Multimedia Material To elaborate multimedia material is necessary to take into account the presentation and organization as well as the organization and color ofeach element that composes the screens. Salinas describes general design rules: Perceptual clarity and simplicity: Represent just one idea at a time. Design should enable users holistically understand patterns of design.
External and internal coherence: The development of the material must keep a style using the same color, typography, sizes, images, illustrations, animations and thecollocation of icons and messages screens.
Color: Color patterns have to be used to make emphasis in relevant contents depending on the characteristics of the users. Using only the colors that are necessary. Text: The typography, the letter size, the headline sizes and the charts must be defined to be used in the whole project. Images: Graphic elements should be added based on the...