[Xerte] Re: Xerte for primary school audience
reijnders at tor.nl
Mon Nov 7 10:27:15 GMT 2011
We use jing as a quick way to annotate all kinds of things... (Just put
up the picture you want to use, and capture it using jing, and then
Jing is free....
Op 7-11-2011 11:02, Alistair McNaught schreef:
> Hi all
> I've had so many good ideas from people and useful advice that I
> thought I'd let people see where I've got to so far so I can get
> comments on how to improve it. Also copied to technical list in case
> they have any ideas on improvements (preferably not too technical!).
> Please note that I've just worked on the basic Xerte skeleton at the
> moment. I intend to use Xerte to link to jigsaw type activities (and
> other web based tools) as well as Interactive PowerPoints and
> interactive Word documents. http://itq.jisctechdis.ac.uk/xerte/play_66
> is the resource so far.
> All of the templates I've used are bog standard Xerte templates but in
> places I've used a tiny bit of html code <img src="url goes here"> in
> the standard dialogue boxes to add some extra images. I uploaded the
> extra images using the Properties panel and then the Media and quota
> tab which allows you both to upload resources directly (like extra
> images or PPTs) as well as get a url for any resource you uploaded.
> I used the New Page Navigator template to link an interactive
> PowerPoint into the mix and I'll use this later for links to jigsaws
> and interactive Word docs as well.
> I found PPT absolutely brilliant as a really quick tool for editing
> images -- for example in Slide 13 on the guitar section I needed
> arrows to point to different things that were being spoken about. I
> put the image I needed into PPT, duplicated it as many times as I
> needed then added the arrow, moving and resizing as required (see
> image below). You can then either group the arrow and image together
> and right click to "Save as image" or you can do what I did which was
> to use FS Capture -- a free and portable screen snipping tool) to
> capture just the bits of each image that I needed. It's really quick
> once you have a logical workflow.
> Things I'm struggling with? At the moment the first three images on
> slide 13 don't show, even though they are definitely loaded and I can
> reference them in a test page on slide 14. I'm looking into that. I'm
> a little unsure if language levels etc are right. Content wise it's a
> bit of a mix but that's because we are using it as a test to sell an
> idea about how we could create development focused resources across
> different parts of the curriculum.
> I'm giving this a public outing on Thursday to see if it is worth
> developing for a schools consortium context in Hampshire so any
> improvements you can suggest in the short term will be welcome and
> after Thursday there may be opportunity for me to extend this work
> much further. I'll keep people updated because live projects are
> always fun, especially getting input and ideas from people.
> PowerPoint being used as a Xerte Image editor.
> Alistair McNaught
> Senior Advisor
> C/O The Higher Education Academy Building
> Innovation Way
> York Science Park
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> Skype: alistair_techdis
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