[Xerte] Next Xerte Friday session - maths, symbols and signs in Xerte Toolkits

Alistair McNaught Alistair.McNaught at HEAcademy.ac.uk
Fri Feb 14 17:21:40 GMT 2014

Hi everybody
a bit of advance notice.. The next Xerte Friday session (28 February) will be about using Xerte toolkits to create good-looking (and accessible) maths and science formulae for learning objects.  Barbara Nance (http://www.ideas4learning.co.uk/home/) will be leading the session supported by TechDis colleagues.

Maths and science signs and symbols pose one of the biggest challenges in creating accessible resources but Xerte toolkits is compatible with the key standards for displaying symbols and formulae online so if you know what you're doing you can create beautifully looking equations that resize when you magnify the page and can even speak with the right browser/plugin combination.

This session will help you know what you're doing - starting with very simple maths you can enter from the keyboard we will go on to explore copying and pasting from Word's equation editor and end up showing you how to create MathJax expressions using a simple online tool. We may even throw in a bit of MathML at the end. In all of this we will be playing with different Xerte page types that can be used creatively to make attractive interactive learning.

So that's the plan. But we would like your help in one of two ways.

*         If you never touch maths symbols and signs in your own subject area or your own learning objects we would be grateful if you would forward this email to colleagues who might benefit from Xerte OnlineToolkits in science or maths subjects.

*         If you already use Xerte toolkits to deliver science or maths we would love to see some examples of the learning object you've created. Please reply via the list if possible so that others can get the benefit of seeing your creativity!

*         If you've got tips and tricks about working with particular maths or particular page types we'd love to hear from you.

Many thanks and hope to see some of you next week. Joining details (free webinar) below - please book at least two days in advance. http://www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/techdis/events/detail/2014/xertefriday28022014

Many thanks


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