What I have learnt about
technology throughout completing
my music magazine?
When making my music magazine, I have needed to
use the Apple Macs in the school media department.
Due to them being in school, I have used these in all
my media lessons, although I haven’t used them to
edit photos or create my magazines, I have had to
become accustomed to using them for uploading posts and working on my blog.
I had very rarely used Macs before this experience,
therefore I have learnt quite a lot about them. The
software on these are very different to computer I
have previously used, this meant that I had to ﬁnd
replacements for programming like Microsoft Word
and others similar. This ﬁrstly became a problem
because work I was doing a school to research music magazines, I could not continue this
to complete it at home. This meant I had to wait until my next lesson before I could
complete this work.
To overcome this in lessons I would work on a computer with the same programming as
my laptop in the school. Therefore I could continue my work at home and at school.
Also because of this I only used my laptop at home to edit photos and make my magazine
pages because I was able to bring my laptop into school to work on in lessons as it is
Blogger was the website I used to upload my blogposts. As it is what all my coursework
is being presented on it needs to be interesting and visual.
This was originally quite difﬁcult to use, then gradually I learnt and became familiar with
the layout of the website.
To begin with I didn’t realise I could embed presentations and prezi powerpoints into my
blogpost, therefore I only added the link to these things. However after a friend had
embedded a powerpoint to her post, I asked how she had done this and then did this on
my blog, allowing me to make my blog more visual.
To make my blog as visual as possible I wanted to involve
powerpoints and documents to my blog. This was a fairly easy
software to use and I didn’t really have many problems with it. I
could easily upload a powerpoint I had created on either Keynote
or Microsoft Powerpoint, the instructions on the page were very
easy and as I was familiar with these softwares I didn’t seem to
have too many problems.
However my problems did arise after I had uploaded my
powerpoints. With fonts I had used on my my presentations, they
were then changed on the slideshare. This was a slight issue as
some of my fonts then covered over the images and created a
problem, like I have shown in the image.
To solve this I had to edit my powerpoint by taking a screen shot
of the page and saving it as an image, this allowed the font to
remain the same regardless of what software it is in.
Prezi powerpoint is a website I had never heard
of before. I wanted to use this as I thought it
would be a challenge and upon investigating the
website I liked the look of some of the example
When I ﬁrst started to use Prezi it was quite
difﬁcult to use and I had to investigate how to
use it and test out different ways of doing so.
After a while I began to familiarise myself with
the feature of the website, it was difﬁcult to do
to begin with and I did struggle to ﬁnd out how
to zoom into the particular parts of the my
presentation like the examples did.
Once I had resolved these issues I could work to
create a new way to display my ideas, research
Although I did have this software on my laptop, I had never
used it before. I chose to use this as opposed to the software
on the Macs because my laptop is portable and I can always
have it with me.
This was at ﬁrst difﬁcult and a challenge to get used to, I
knew it was a good editing software but I just couldn’t ﬁnd
the the particular features to do this to begin with. For
example I was unable to remove the background of an image,
I could select a particular colour to delete but when there
were numerous colours it was laborious. I had to search on
the internet for a few guides on how to do this, allowing me
to edit my images how I would like them to look.
Due to the fact I used this software on my preliminary task I
was able to develop my understanding of this programming.
This means that gradually throughout the creation of my
product I have improved my use of the this software.
I am much more conﬁdent at using this software and I this
has allowed me to develop knowledge of this. Therefore
helping me in the future.