Adobe Presenter is a powerful tool for delivering dynamic PowerPoint presentations via the web, allowing you to combine text, images, audio and even video! Sure it’s easy enough to use – take a PowerPoint presentation that you traditionally use in class, record your voice delivering the lecture, and Voila!, you have a presentation that can be viewed and reviewed by students wherever they are!
But traditional classroom lectures aren’t the only way to use this powerful tool. Think outside the box for a moment and dream of the vast possibilities of the types of content you want to deliver to your students. Here are seven ideas to get you started!
- Welcome students to the course with a video introduction and tour of the syllabus.
A short video introducing yourself creates a personal connection with your students. Use the web cam option to record yourself speaking. You can also use this opportunity to elaborate on the details of the syllabus.
- Bring your case studies to life.
Instead of presenting information in a textual format, paint a visual picture of the case study by adding photos, supportive documents, and audio from the individuals involved in the case. If you really want to get creative, use the web cam to create short video interviews with the imaginary subjects.
- Interview characters.
Bring a piece of literature to life by including images of each character and a brief recorded interview or statement from them to illustrate their personality before students jump into a text.
- Tell a story.
Narrate a short story, poem, or personal essay using images and recorded audio. Digital storytelling is a powerful medium and Adobe Presenter can easily help you construct this experience for students.
- Take students on a tour of a new place.
Use images, maps, artifacts and drawings to take students on a journey they couldn’t experience otherwise. Use audio to describe where they are and what they are seeing.
- Create an online art gallery and audio narrated tour.
Use Artstor or the Web to collect famous works of art and add a layer of narration as you would receive on a recorded museum tour.
- Take something apart (or put it back together again).
Demonstrate how to assemble a computer motherboard or how to dissect a frog. By creating step-by-step slides of how to create or disassemble an object using labeled images and narration, you can easily walk students through a process that they could mimic at home.
Want to explore one of these ideas or another creative application of Adobe Presenter that you have in mind? Contact an instructional designer at QUOnline to begin the process!