Student success and teacher efficiency???

Several years ago when I stepped out of the the full-time classroom and into a tech facilitator roll I decided that my focus had to be finding a way to help teachers use tech to increase student success AND teacher efficiency. Sounds easy enough right?

There is a bit of a problem though… so often the things that increase student engagement and thereby success are diametrically opposed to teacher efficiency. Even simple things like adding multimedia to presentations, ie. pictures and video, can take considerable time!

How many steps does it take to add a simple image? Let’s see…

  1. Find the image…
  2. Right click and save as…
  3. Figure out just where you want to save this temporary file and what to name it…
  4. Go back into your presentation and select insert image…
  5. Try to remember where you just saved it… Found It! choose…
  6. Resize the image and move it where you want it…

Oh you want more than one picture? Start over!

Not exactly efficient… never mind video where you have to make sure to find the content well in advance and make sure you start and stop it at just the right time so you don’t have to explain what the ad for Viagra is all about. Inefficient, unfortunate, sometimes awkward and often engaging in ways that you don’t want it to be…

Fortunately, I’ve found a better way. An efficient way. An engaging way that’s so easy to use you can do it on the fly. Just watch the video below. This is something that’s easier to show than tell.

There, in about three minutes I searched for, added, resized and re-positioned four photo’s, searched for and added a video striped of the annoying ads and am able to annotate directly over it and save the entire thing. Now that’s efficient!

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