Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Intro to Softchalk Workshop

This post will complement today's Softchalk workshop. 
Softchalk is a powerful web lesson editor that lets you easily create engaging, interactive web lessons for your e-learning classroom. Think of Softchalk like Powerpoint on steroids. You can display content (text, video, audio) but can also include assessment questions to gauge student learning. Like Powerpoint, Softchalk is more fun to to show the finished product than to build it:)  

However, if carefully planned out, you can create reusable learning modules that can inform, entertain and assess (the scores will be displayed in Blackboard) students semester after semester.

Here are some examples of Softchalk produced lessons:

A lesson about eye anatomy that includes pop-up text annotations, interactive pop-up comprehension questions, widgets, you tube videos, and flash cards and hotspot image activities. This lesson features a user-created "personal style" for page design and styling.  
View Lesson (HTML)

A lesson about Hurricanes that includes pop-up text annotations, interactive pop-up comprehension questions, embedded media, and a Hotspot Image Activity.
·       View Lesson (HTML)

A lesson about Thomas Jefferson that includes pop-up text annotations, interactive pop-up comprehension questions, a WebQuest, and Word Search, Matching and CrossWord activities.
·        View Lesson (HTML)

ESL - English as a Second Language
An ESL (English as a Second Lanaguage) lesson that includes audio, pop-up annotations, quiz quesitons, labeling and sorting activities.        

A lesson about Quadratic Equations that includes pop-up annotations, web links, quiz questions, and a sorting activity.
Softchalk Screenshot
Workshop Description
SoftChalkTM allows faculty to create interactive learning modules to engage students online.  Designed for educators, you don’t need programming experience, SoftChalkTM provides the template — you provide the content.  Self-assessments can also be added, with six question types: (including multiple choice, short answer, and matching) as well as learning games, and pop-up annotations.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Create a storyboard to facilitate the design of a learning module
2. Navigate the menu options of SoftChalkTM
3. Import content and build a short learning module using SoftChalkTM
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