Warm welcome to Articulate Storyline at HCT

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

It is always good to share what you learn. Yes, I conducted a face-to-face session in our college (Higher Colleges of Technology) at Professional Development (PD) week, which was based on educational technology.

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In PD week, teachers of our college were encouraged to attend e-learning workshops that were presented by Edtech co-ordinators. However, as a member of Edtech team, I also participated and conducted a 90 minutes workshop on Articulate Storyline entitled as “Interactive Course By the storyline.”

The session was started with bulleted points to give a brief concept of e-learning I jumped on to the Storyline.

 I followed side by side comparison between PowerPoint and Storyline. I want my participants to know how user-friendly the infrastructure of Storyline is. They both are replica of each other except Storyline have more additional features. Following are the highlighters of 90 minutes workshop.

1)     Samples of my e-learning courses

2)     Story view

3)     Difference between the slides and story view

4)      Timelines

5)      Triggers

6)      Layers

7)      Difference between layers and slides

8)      Characters

Overall, the session went very well. I saw many participants interested and ready to learn technology. Being around as a presenter at the workshop was an inspiration, and it made me realize that I was part of something very special. It was a great achievement for me as I aspired to have my work reflect the fullness of my abilities and who I was as a person.

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Feedback collected from the teachers.

How Powerpoint Can Change Your World?

It mostly happens when you stop using a software without digging its benefits.
If I say how many of you are working Powerpoint? I don’t think any of us haven’t used PowerPoint.
Last month, I conducted a workshop on How PowerPoint can change your world. The objective of this workshop is to help trainers and instructors by giving them tips and tricks on PowerPoint. However, this workshop gives them an idea that PowerPoint is only a tool to create presentations, but it can also be used to design e-learning courses, videos, simulations, interactive and engaging content development.
It mostly happens when we don’t think out-of-the-box. Tom Kuhlmann from Articulate had given us this opportunity to think like that.
Now saying, this product has limited features is not an acceptable reason. You have to think differently while you are using this software.
I demonstrated some of the examples by using Power point like; Interactive Quizzes, themes pickup, easiest ways to select and copy objects and many more. I have been asked lots of great questions during the workshop by the participants.
I am sharing some of his videos with my presentation. Hope this helps.

FAQs in Thrill Style

That’s all what you get when you try to implement new software in a company or college.

This idea is completely based on what we get when we start implementing a new software in the company or institute. After lots of training sessions you shall find some people confused with the features and bit hesitant of using it.

In this training material. After getting their reactions I added this image on the cover and put a name of FAQs.I am trying to help them by giving answers of all the questions they have in their mind about the software. Like this, they will know about the software and how to use it.

In this training material, people hiding in their workstation with slight 3D effect by using Powerpoint Presentation.

Note: If you use Powerpoint often, you may know that Powerpoint doesn’t allow you to use transparency feature on images containing.JPG, PNG or GIF format.

Good News is that you can now use transparency feature with images in 5 simple steps.

1) After opening PowerPoint, click Insert and Shapes and select Rectangular shape.

2) Drag the shape on the slide
3) Right click on the shape and then click Format picture.
4) Under Fill, select on Picture or Texture fill. Click on File button and browse the picture.
5) You can see Transparency option down side of the window.


Once you are done with the transparency, you have to overlay both pictures in a way where you can see Image 1 within Image 2 and enlarge the size of both images, doesn’t matter if they are going out of the slide.

Animation:
There is a custom type of animations I have added in this slide which are set on two different images coming from two opposite directions within the duration 30 seconds.

After watching the preview, save this file as a video (SWF or WMV) in Powerpoint.

Cambridge Bookshelf FAQ

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I would like to thank Articulate community for giving me such a great idea.

Hope you like it.

Review Of Education 2020 Conference In Abu Dhabi

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As it mentioned in the website that teachers, educators, programme managers and curriculum designers from all levels of education can expect to participate in sessions providing opportunities to hear about new ideas and to develop successful teaching practices and uses of technology that they will be able to incorporate into their own teaching context to improve the quality of teaching and learning.

Participants will be able to select from a choice of both theoretical and practical conference breakout sessions led by specialists in their fields familiar with the educational context of the Middle East, participate in plenaries delivered by top educational experts and network with like-minded peers.

  • Day 1 – 10am to 4.30pm, January 29th 2014 – Student Success at Tertiary Level
  • Day 2 – 10am to 4.30pm, January 30th 2014 – Technology, Technology, Technology
  • Day 3 – 10am to 4.30pm, January 31st 2014 – School Sector Pedagogy

Feedback:

2nd day of the conference was useful for the teachers especially those who are not aware off with the tools. Good thing about this conference that the presenters are teachers and they are coming up real time scenarios NOT DREAMs. They are demonstrating what they used in their class. This will motivates other teachers to use technology in the class.

Some ideas like;

  • Using of Google Drive to collaborate in your class and using of Monkey survey to get student’s feedback was discussed in the presentation of Technology: Integrating 21st century skills into the classroom 
  • Along with 10 easy tips for designing content It also come across that how easy is to create interactive content in few minutes by using ThingLink which helps to create and discover rich images, was discussed in the presentation of 10 Easy Tips for Designing Effective Activities with Technology

No such crowd has been seen in the conference  plus, unavailability of Wifi has given less comfort to the audience. It’s seems that some presenters requested for the internet given to audience so, they can use real time scenarios in their sessions but unfortunately, they couldn’t get it.