How Can Picasa Be Used in the Classroom?
Picasa can be used many ways in the classroom through means of presenting information through pictures. When giving a presentation, one wants their information to have a clean and professional look. By having pictures of low quality in a presentation, it makes the presentation look unprofessional. Picasa can edit photographs to one's desire. They can be cropped, rotated, and retouched. One can also change the colors of the photos and add captions.
Powerpoint Slide with Standard Picture VS. Powerpoint Slide with Edited Picasa Picture
It is noticeable to the viewer how different the two pictures from the same website look. The Picasa-edited picture has better color, sharpness, shadows, and it is in closer view. The second picture gives the viewer a better idea of how the pyramids really look and the different depths that are incorporated in them. Additionally, the second slide has wording on the top of the picture, that was used in Picasa, that specifies exactly where the pyramids are. In the first picture, the audience would have no idea where or what these pyramids are. Picasa enables the creater to get a more vivid view on the objects that are in the picture.
What Special Features does it Have to Assist Teachers in the Classroom?
Picasa also has the movie maker feature, which could be used by both teachers and students to make a slideshow of photos that can be played throuhout a lecture or presentation.
Picasa has a Screen Capture feature which allows teachers to take a picture of what is on their computer screen. If teachers are introducing a website or software to students, they can see what their screens should look like, making navigation easier for them..