The old saying goes that “a picture paints a thousand words.” But how many more words do you get when those pictures can move and have a soundtrack too?
Well, you can see (and hear) for yourself using the Media Gallery module, which allows photos, videos and audio files to be uploaded. Teachers can use this to augment lessons with additional materials, visual exemplars, recorded lesson sequences and lectures, or maybe even open it up to student-contributed videos.
The Media Gallery supports the following file formats:
Additionally, a ZIP archive can be utilised for bulk uploading of photos.
One of the usual complications with publishing media on the web is fiddling with sizes and formats in order to produce a file that is viewable on multiple browsers and platforms without issue. The Media Gallery module looks after this for you by automatically converting your media into a web-friendly format.
Photos are automatically resized and placed into the slideshow, so you don’t need to worry about it taking forever to load up a print-sized image.
Video and audio files go through our integrated media converter, which produces files that are compressed into a streamable format. Once processed, it means that all viewers have to do is click on your album and start browsing.
Various media files can be organised and sorted into albums, so items related to a particular topic or event can be viewed contextually.
Each album can be viewed in Mosaic or Grid view, and has a neat and simple interface to navigate through the contained media via thumbnails. There’s even a built-in slideshow mode, and teachers have access to reorganise the display order of media files and albums.
Support for user participation has contributed to the strong popularity of Web 2.0 services and tools, and that same functionality is included in the Media Gallery.
Authenticated users have the option to comment on photos, videos or audio files submitted within albums. With this feature enabled, students can be invited to share opinions or analyse teacher-contributed media, or maybe just encourage interaction within the class page.