3 Awesome Presentation Tools

PowerPoint and Keynote are not the only options for creating awesome presentations. There are some great tools out there waiting to be discovered. Three of them particularly caught our attention:

  1. Explain Everything is an app that allows you to do a presentation, write on it as you go and record your voice in sync with the slides. This video should convince you:

  2. Google Presentations works as part of Google Docs (now Google Drive); and as such you can create presentations online either by yourself or as a shared activity. You can easily import from PowerPoint and share your presentation to your class or audience via a simple link. Even better, it is completely device interoperable. Wonderful.
  3. Haiku Deck is a free iPad app that ensures you get more creative with your presentations. It focuses on the story rather than just adding text content to slides. It helps you use fewer words and combines these with images from the bank in Haiku Deck itself or from your own collection.

VELG 2012

The eWorks conference stand

eWorks’ booth at VELG 2011

Joanne Norbury and I are looking forward to the upcoming National VET E-learning Conference (VELG), 21-22 September. The conference has attracted nearly 600 attendees last year which must have been a vocational conference record.

We will be hosting a booth to have conversations about the TrainingVC and our other products. We are also giving away an hour of free training on ‘Getting started in e-learning’ and ‘Adding Web 2.0 to your e-learning’.

I will be presenting ‘From Trainer Development to Client Engagement: Twitter for Educators and Case Studies from RTOs using Facebook.‘ on the Thursday afternoon. This session looks at what you need to get started and running with Twitter, understanding its contexts and grammar, how to leverage this to enhance your Personal Learning Network and what the social network’s role is in terms of training and education. The presentation will also address some of the issues with introducing Facebook into your organisation.

The hashtag for the conference is #2012nvc.

Take the time to come and say hi to us! We’ll be in booth no39.

Updated Teacher E-learning Toolkit

Three compartments of a toolbox labeled Brakes, Headset and Wheels

Trainers wanting to use new and innovative online delivery methods are frequently confronted with issues of access to appropriate functionality to facilitate e-learning. (Commonly a teacher wants to innovate online only to find options blocked by the organisational firewall.)

Since 2008 the Teacher E-learning Toolkit has provided guidance for the type of functionality required by teachers as well as technical specifications for informing training organisations and their IT departments. An updated version of the VET toolkit, together with its companion document ‘Commonly-used E-learning Applications and Tools in VET‘, is now available on the New Generation Technologies for Learning website.

The toolkit specifies the minimum web and desktop-based functionality requirements needed to support e-learning in the national training system. The companion document contains a list of software tools that are commonly used by teachers and trainers in VET.

The document updates, funded by the National VET E-learning Strategy, have been informed by a comprehensive research and consultation process with teachers and technical personnel, including an online survey and in-depth interviews.

The current review interviewed a more diverse range of respondents, including those from non-metropolitan institutions as well as community training providers, covering a broader spectrum of activity. 74% of respondents said they had previously used the toolkit.

A common concern of respondents was how to deal with the complexity caused by the emergence of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) scenarios. The updated toolkit has therefore endorsed the need for functionality facilitating cloud and social applications to help augment activity on a wide range of mobile devices.

Updates to the documents include:

  • cloud-based storage and sharing
  • using and delivering learning and assessment on mobile devices
  • e-portfolio approaches
  • new case studies (added to the ‘Commonly-used Applications’ document)

Also, a designated forum is now available on the New Generation Technologies for Learning website for practitioners to help keep the information up to date.

The toolkit “is a useful summary of the range of functionality required by VET practitioners and as such has been a reference to developing an eTools kit for all staff across the institute”, said one survey participant.

“The summary of technologies that these documents provide is a good overview and guides me as to where to start looking for other e-learning tools”, said another.

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