The Computer as a Presentation Tool


Digital information will become an ever greater presence in the classroom and in our lives. Technologies that present digital information are widely used and the use of the computer and other new technologies as storage and presentation tools will continue to grow. The explosive growth of the World Wide Web is an example of a new digital presentation tool.

The beauty of a computer is that it is a file cabinet, visual display and a digital darkroom all in one box. Text, images and sounds may be digitized for storage and manipulation and then presented by the same computer.

Photographs, slides and negatives can be taken to your local photo processor to be digitized and placed onto a Kodak Photo-CD. If you prefer to avoid the camera store, a digital camera will enable you to take pictures and immediately download them into your computer. Video from sources like camcorders, videotapes and television may also be digitized and stored on a disk for presentations.

Digital images may be taken from an Internet web site or a CD-ROM. CD-ROMs store thousands of images that can be easily preserved, printed, duplicated, sent over the Internet and/or changed in a paint program. Many clip art CDs are available today. Desk Art, for example, stores eleven thousand images on a single disk. The images are stored by category and can be easily accessed and placed into any paint program or word processing document. Multimedia encyclopedias and specialized CD-ROMs are also available to use as sources for images, text, movies and sound. The good ones are well indexed and cross-referenced so that you can easily access the information on the disk.


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