Picasst: An Innovative Web-based Tool for Recording Classes

By Cayetano Guerra-Artal, Soraya García-Sánchez and M. Dolores Afonso.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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Currently, there are a lot of educational materials like texts, presentations, graphics, audios and videos that teachers can produce by themselves. Probably, video production is the most complicated kind because it involves more technical knowledge. “Picasst” is an innovative web-based software tool that facilitates both the creation of audio-visual teaching content and their online accessibility. Functionally, this software is divided into two parts, the recording system and the management and access to recorded content. On the one hand, the recording system of “Picasst” is similar to a desktop drawing software included in digital whiteboards, but unlike the latter, it can also record the activity of the teacher along with their voice. On the other hand, the management and access system of “Picasst” allows teachers and students to organize their content in an easy and convenient way. This paper will deal with the use and effects of “Picasst” for different subjects, students and teachers at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. “Picasst” is a software tool that has been completely developed and tested by the authors, and it will be available freely in the second half of 2012.

Keywords: “Picasst”, Whiteboard, Digital, Multimedia, VLP, Ubiquitous

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.73-84. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.508MB).

Dr. Cayetano Guerra-Artal

Lecturer, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

Dr. Cayetano Guerra Artal is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Computer Science at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), Spain. He has taught Multimedia for more than ten years. For several years, he has led some university projects devoted to improve technologies for learning in the classrooms and to develop web-based e-learning platforms.

Dr. Soraya García-Sánchez

Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages, Faculty of English Studies, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

M. Soraya García Sánchez is a lecturer at the Faculty of English Studies at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain where she has taught language, culture and literature courses both online and on a face-to-face basis. Her research areas are focused on women’s writing, literature, culture and language in contemporary contexts.

M. Dolores Afonso

Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

M. Dolores Afonso teaches several subjects at the Faculty of Computer Science at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Her main interests are focused in e-learning solutions, educational software design and content creation engineering.