Below is a short—not at all comprehensive—list of software, mostly free and online, that you can use for your Multimodal Digital Space Argument. You are not limited to using these tools, but they might be of help to you. You are also, of course, free to use any software you feel most comfortable with and have regular access to.
As we’ll discuss in this unit, free accounts are monetized through a variety of means, including targeted advertising, collecting and selling your personal data, collecting and selling the personal data of individuals who visit your online creations, limiting options and pushing for purchases, or a combination thereof. Use the skills for analyzing digital spaces to assess whether you would like use these services.
Remember, your Multimodal Digital Space Argument should include a combination of modalities and should not be in the same mode as your Visual Argument Piece. As with the visual arugments, you will be assessed on your design and rhetorical choices, rather than the quality of your piece.
Piktochart: Easy-to-use inforgraphic maker with a range of templates and a host of icons and fonts; can also be used for making posters; free account has access to all templates and methods of downloading/sharing, but is limited to 5 infographics
Venngage: Also a great resources for making infographics; can also be sued for making posters; free account has limited access to templates and sharing options
GarageBand (Mac Only): Audio editing software that comes with all Apple computers; allows you to record directly or import audio from another source; includes a library of music and sounds
Google Slides: Standard online slideshow software free with a Google account; can be downloaded in a range of formats or embedded into a webpage with automatic slide advancing to create a video; for information on how to embed, see AppsCare’s how-to; for additional slide designs/templates, see Slide Carnival
Adobe Spark: Free online resource from Adobe for making “social graphics,” webpages, collages, and slideshow videos; limited design capability, but can work if your design plan fits with its capabilities
Text-Based with Photos
This WordPress Site: Use the gallery tool to create an image gallery with captions
Google Docs: Standard online word processing software free with a Google account
Microsoft Word (see below for more information about TCU student access to Word)
AdobeSpark Video: Free online resource from Adobe for making “social graphics,” webpages, collages, and slideshow videos; limited design capability, but can work if your design plan fits with its capabilities
iMovie (Mac only): Film editing software that comes with all Apple computers
FrogFolio: Supported by TCU with customizable privacy options (best if you don’t want to create a public site), but restricted to a single template and less user-friendly than other website builders; free for all TCU students
Weebly: Considered one of the most user-friendly website builders, but has fewer styling options compared to other builders and may look less professional; free version includes ads
Wix: Drag-and-drop feature lets you customize your site while drawing on their extensive templates, but you are locked into a template; free version includes ads
WordPress.com: Free version of the website platform used for this course website
Copyright Free Music
BenSound: Royalty free music
Freesound: Database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds and music; requires that you register a free account
Screen Capture Software
Screencast-O-Matic: Allows you to capture any section of your computer screen through an online application; free version limits screencapture time and includes a water mark
QuickTime Player (Mac Only): Video viewing software that comes with all Apple computers; to access the screen capture function: “File” > “New Screen Recording;” has limited editing capabilities