Back in the mid-1990’s when I started working with Internet technologies, many of the tools for creating “media” needed expert knowledge. It meant learning the intricacies of Photoshop, Premiere, Illustrator, Flash among many other tools. Of course, those tools are still used by professional designers and others. But what I have been witnessing over the last 5 years is that there is a trend towards tools that can do 90%+ of what the professional tools can do. Many are low-cost or, even better, free.
I don’t have any reason to believe that this trend won’t continue! It is my opinion that in the big picture, teachers who invest some of their professional development time now in learning some of these tool and techniques will be well positioned to benefit from this trend as it impacts academy and the classroom over time.
Aviary.com is a good example of this trend and takes it further than most. They have a decent image editor on-line called Phoenix, and they just released an online audio editor called Myna. The bit of testing that I’ve done over the weekend really impressed me. In fact, I will be doing a Live Event on Myna (audio editor) in October.
Click on the image below to open up the Aviary Image Editor with an editable version of the image I created. (You can see the layers and such. Don’t worry about tinkering around with it a bit; it won’t change my original.)