Today's English language learners have more mobile resources at hand to learn English on the go anywhere anytime. Are teachers making the most of these resources?
Check out these resources on iTunesU.
Here are some podcasts from iTunes.
Or podcasts using this new tool: audioBoo which you can share and embed very easily.
I can wach free videos and read instructions on how to do something on the iPad or how to do a task on a desktop computer. Check out some of these courses.
This infographic shows the relationship between learning and the brain. Could these facts help with the way we design elearning resources?
- Chunking information to promote retention
- Cues between multiple bits of information
- Visual information that aids learning
- Creating meaningful information for online learners
What do you think?
This post from timesladeblog I’m referring to here has some great tips on writing styles for elearning resources.
“As eLearning professionals, our narration has to accomplish so many different tasks. Not only does it need to inform the learner of the topic, best practices or procedures; it also needs to engage and motivate the learner. This can be a challenging balancing act for any eLearning designer to accomplish.”
- formal vs informal style
- differences between transition statements and instructional statements
- procedural text enhanced by visuals
- how you write scenarios and the use of video scripts
Continue reading at this link writing styles for elearning narration
In my last post, I wrote about the different types of quiz makers I’ve used. I created a short quiz on housing vocabulary to supplement the captivate quiz I had created or you can use it on its’ own.
An example of a quiz I created using Adobe Acrobat Pro can be found at the sites below. I’ve included 3 file types.
- the Housing Vocabulary 10 questions interactive quiz
- the Adobe Acrobat quiz template should you want to create your own
- the Quiz template as a Word document
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How can I develop a comprehensive enough knowledge to quickly make the best choice in which quiz makers to use?
Of course, I really like Captivate but it can be time consuming. It’s a high end tool with lots of interactive features so it’s good for adding audio/video content.You need to learn the best way to import it onto a site.
I really like LOCO (Learning Object Composor)which I mainly use for work projects. Its’ simple layout makes it easy to use for time poor teachers but importing it into sites takes some knowledge and skill too. For example, you need to import the xml file into a Moodle site. You can download and try it from https://bitbucket.org/ehub/loco/downloads
I’ve used both Pro.Profs and Classmarker which are very easy to use as you use the template already there to create the quiz and you can embed it on a site. However, they are usually public quizzes and you don’t have as much control with navigation etc.
Recently I’ve been creating quizzes using Adobe Acrobat XI Pro. The trickiest part is linking the answers to the questions. It’s easily uploaded into any site as an interactive PDF. There’s no link or xml file to import so you have more control and more time to do other quizzes.
If I’m creating a survey that doesn’t require correct/incorrect answers, then SurveyMonkey usually suffices.
So the factors I need to ask myself for choosing a quiz maker are:
- Is it time consuming to create?
- Can I create a template to save time?
- Can the template be easily changed if I need to?
- Does it require a lot of technical skill?
- Can I link it or embed it in a Moodle, blog or wiki or other site?
- Am I creating a knowledge based quiz, a survey, a tutorial or self-assessment?
- Can I integrate a knowledge based quiz with a tutorial?
- Can I easily integrate teacher feedback?
- How easy is it to set the marking?
- Do I need to add audio and/or video content? How easy is it to do this?
- Do I need to add links? Will the links break?
Sometimes the least technically complicated tool is the best one for busy teachers. Which quiz makers do your prefer?
This engaging Housing Vocabulary 1 quiz of 31 slides targets beginner learners. It builds vocabulary for names of rooms in a house, names of different types of houses and some features of houses. It also focuses on the use of prepositions of place. There are 2 simple quizzes and 1 interactive reading activity using vivid images and pop-up answers to questions asked. The reading activity encourages learners to think about what they may already know. They can pause when they need to read longer and take notes of new words and phrases.
1. Matching quiz – 3 questions
2. Prepositions quiz – 8 questions
3. Reading activity – 14 questions
Learning new housing vocabulary is especially relevant for learners who move to a new country and are looking for a new home.
ABOUT THE QUIZ
This quiz was created using Adobe Captivate. You need the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader and Flash Player to view the interactive quiz. There are two file choices, as an Adobe Acrobat Document or as a Shockwave File Object. General features of the quiz are:
• choices are automatically marked
• overall results are displayed at the end
• 1 point allocated for each correct answer
• 80% or more of total points is a total pass
• answers reviewed at end.
The quiz can be displayed on an electronic whiteboard as a class activity or it could be uploaded online for individual use such as in a wiki or blog. It is also possible to print the text and questions.
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There are some very useful codes to save on your iPad. I use them often to create PDF’s, clip to Evernote or pin images to Pinterest. They are also handy for students doing research work. I’ve listed them below for those who know how to code and with the links to the web pages they come from.. You don’t need to know code to actually use them. The method to install is the same for all of them and it takes less than a minute to complete. Here are simple instructions on how to do it.
- Bookmark the web links listed below under the code in Safari.
- Copy the code on the web page.
- Open Bookmarks again.
- Tap edit.
- Tap the arrow next to the site you saved.
- Change the name to Create PDF or Evernote Clipper or Pin it.
- Paste the code into the url box and it’s done!
Create a PDF of a web page
Clip a page to Evernote
Pin an image to Pinterest