Create social, interactive, online posters with Nota
I was recently asked about the use of social poster software like Glogster for professional work. After visiting Glogster, you may agree with me that while the tool lets its users create fun, creative, interactive posters, it may not be the best avenue for more professional efforts (see also: MySpace vs. Facebook or YouTube vs. Vimeo). What’s more, Glogster is blocked my some school districts, limiting its use in education. There is an alternative, though–Nota, a “dynamic whiteboard wiki,” lets you collaboratively create online, multimedia-rich posters. Read on to learn more about Nota.
Nota’s interface is fairly intuitive, especially if you’re comfortable using software like PowerPoint, Keynote, GIST, or Inspiration. You can add text, shapes, and colors; not to mention media such as images and video. Those of you familiar with GIST will recognize a similar feature My favorite feature is the built-in media search tool. Keyword searches dig into vast repositories of Creative Commons-licensed media–the cat image in my sample came from such a search. The video search finds items on YouTube, like the clip I’ve included of Don Deshler.
My first effort is a little cheesy, sure, but it hopefully gives you an idea of the functionality. Just as important, though, are Nota’s privacy and security settings–you can make your poster public, like mine, or limit access. This may make it more attractive than similar tools if you’re planning to put it to use in the classroom or other professional avenues. This tour of Nota’s features shows how easy it is to create a poster, and their education use cases may help you generate ideas for using it yourself.
Check out Nota and let us know what you think–share links to your public posters!
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