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important information
Important Information
  • This presentation was created by Patrick Crispen.
  • You are free to reuse this presentation provided that you
    • Not make any money from this presentation.
    • Give credit where credit is due.
a note to presenters
A Note to Presenters
  • This presentation relies heavily on multimedia. Please make sure that, in addition to having a live Internet connection, you also have your speakers turned up.
  • The links to the demos of MS Producer (slide 15) and Camtasia Studio (slide 24) will take just short of forever to load over a dial-up connection. You may want to download example content before your presentation and then change the links on those slides.
  • Slides 51, 54, and 56 use the LiveWeb plug-in to display Web pages inside of PowerPoint. Without the plug-in (which is discussed in slide 52), you will not be able to view these three slides.
exciting pc technology for the classroom

Exciting PC Technology for the Classroom

a presentation by

Patrick Douglas Crispen

our goals
Our Goals
  • Look at some exciting, PC-based technologies – some that are free, a few that aren’t – that we can use in our classrooms today
  • Take a quick peek at
    • Microsoft Producer 2003, a free Microsoft PowerPoint 2002/2003 utility that lets you add audio and video to your PowerPoint presentations
    • Camtasia Studio 2, a $149.00 commercial program that lets you create screen capture movies complete with narration
our goals1
Our Goals
  • Learn how to
    • Create online surveys
    • Insert screen captures into Word and PowerPoint
    • Compress Word and PowerPoint documents that contain screen captures and other images
    • Add live, interactive Web pages to our PowerPoint presentations
  • Do all of this IN ENGLISH!
what is producer 2003
What Is Producer 2003?
  • Producer 2003 is a free add-in for PowerPoint 2002 (a.k.a. PowerPoint XP) and PowerPoint 2003.
  • Producer 2003 lets you take an existing PowerPoint presentation and enhance it with synchronized audio, video, images, and other elements.
  • These enhanced PowerPoint presentations can then be viewed online by anyone with a PC or Mac, an Internet connection, Internet Explorer, and Windows Media Player.
for example
For Example
  • Let’s pretend that we have a simple, five slide PowerPoint presentation on how to investigate background issues during a job interview.
  • And now we want to post that presentation online so that others can see it.
  • So, here’s what we got:
train the interviewer

Train The Interviewer

Section 3 – Investigating Background Issues

Rebecca Jones

Human Resources Trainer

review of section 2
Review of Section 2

History of the Candidate

“Tell their story”

Decision-making process

Chronology

interview objectives
Interview Objectives
  • Allow candidate to talk about their experiences
  • Ensure you understand the relevance of the candidate’s experience
  • Manage your time to keep things on track
producer 2003 demo
Producer 2003 Demo
  • Pretty dull, isn’t it?
  • But with Producer 2003, we can easily take that five slide PowerPoint presentation, enhance it with audio and video, and turn it into something like this.
getting ms producer 2003
Getting MS Producer 2003
  • You can download Producer 2003 by going to Google and searching for “Microsoft Producer”.
  • It is a BIG file (>46 Mb!)
  • You can also purchase a Producer 2003 CD for $6.60 ($0.65 for the CD and $5.95 for shipping) from Microsoft.
creating producer 2003 presentations
Creating Producer 2003 Presentations

To create a new presentation in Microsoft Producer 2003, you’ll need:

  • A free copy of Microsoft Producer 2003
  • A licensed, installed version of Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 (included in Microsoft Office XP suite) or PowerPoint 2003.
  • Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 2000
  • A 400 MHz processor or faster (600 MHz or faster for video capture)
  • At least 128 megabytes of RAM
  • At least 2 gigabytes of free hard drive space
  • A video capture and audio capture device
viewing producer 2003 presentations
Viewing Producer 2003 Presentations
  • To view a Microsoft Producer 2003 presentation, all you’ll need is
    • Internet Explorer 5.0 or later (PC or Mac)
    • Windows Media Player 6.4 or later (PC or Mac)
    • An Internet connection
  • That’s it!
  • You don’t need to download or install any additional software to view Producer 2003 presentations; you only need Microsoft’s free Producer 2003 software if you want to create your own Producer 2003 presentations.
to learn how to use producer 2003
To Learn How to Use Producer 2003

Check out the “Producer Evaluation Guide” or the 13 different tutorials on Microsoft’s Producer site.

what is camtasia studio 2
What is Camtasia Studio 2?
  • Created by the folks who brought us SnagIt, Camtasia Studio 2 lets you quickly and easily record, edit, and publish screen videos.
  • It’s kind of like Microsoft Producer without the talking head or templates.
  • For example …
camtasia 2 demo
Camtasia 2 Demo
  • The content in this demo isn’t important, but notice
    • The quality of the video and audio.
    • You can actually read the numbers in the cells and the audio isn’t garbled.
    • There’s no talking head taking up part of the screen.
  • Start the Demo:
    • Tour of SPSS, Part 2
now for the cool part
Now for the Cool Part
  • That “Tour of SPSS” video is ~14 minutes long.
  • 800 by 600 at 12 fps
  • Audio is 22.050 kHz, 4 bit, mono, 44 kbits/sec
  • Want to guess how big the final video file is?
  • 11.3 Mb!
what this means in english
What This Means in English
  • An 11.3 Mb video file is a little too big for the Internet – it would take almost 28 minutes to download over the fastest dial-up connection – but it is just right for an intranet or CD-ROM.
  • In English, this means that with Camtasia Studio 2 you can put over 12 HOURS of 800 x 600 screen capture video on a single CD-ROM (ceteris paribus.)
  • Cool, isn’t it?
camtasia recorder
Camtasia Recorder
  • Camtasia Recorder records, in real time, audio narration, mouse movements, scrolling windows, typing, drop down menus … and saves that in a HUGE .avi file
  • Anything you can do on your PC you can record with Camtasia Recorder … including PowerPoint presentations (sans talking head.)
editing in camtasia studio
Editing in Camtasia Studio
  • Camtasia Studio then lets you edit, splice and add transitions between video clips.
  • You can then export your edited video in a BUNCH of different formats:
    • AVI
    • Streaming RealMedia (.rm)
    • QuickTime (.mov)
    • Streaming Windows Media (.wmv)
    • Animated GIF
    • Macromedia Flash (.swf) and Flash Video (.flv)
flash aah savior of the universe
Flash - Aah - Savior of the Universe!
  • Flash is hands-down the most efficient video compression technique for screen videos.
  • And, FLASH IS UNIVERSAL!
    • 98% of Web users can view Macromedia Flash content without having to download any additional software.
    • The Flash player runs on PCs AND Macs … and Linux … and Symbian …
getting camtasia studio 2
Getting Camtasia Studio 2
  • You can download a free, 30 day, trial atwww.techsmith.com/download
  • Camtasia Studio 2’s street price is $299 and the educational price is $149.00.
  • You can buy it online at techsmith.com.
  • Lab, department, building, and district licenses are also available.
creating camtasia studio 2 videos
Creating Camtasia Studio 2 Videos
  • To create a new screen capture video in Camtasia Studio 2, you’ll need:
    • A licensed or trial copy of Camtasia Studio 2
    • Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 2000
    • 500 MHz processor (1 GHz recommended)
    • 64 MB of RAM (128 MB recommended)
    • Windows-compatible sound card and microphone (recommended)
    • 30 MB of hard-disk space for program installation
viewing camtasia 2 videos
Viewing Camtasia 2 Videos
  • To view Camtasia 2 videos, you’ll need
    • A computer.
  • That’s about it.
  • Seriously, though, the requirements to view a Camtasia 2 video depend on how you export the video.
    • For example, to view a QuickTime video, you’ll need Apple’s free QuickTime player.
    • To view a RealMedia video you’ll need the free RealOne player.
  • To view a Flash video that’s been posted online, all you need is Internet Explorer or Netscape and an Internet connection.
to learn how to use camtasia studio 2
To Learn How to Use Camtasia Studio 2
  • TechSmith has a WONDERFUL collection of guides, FAQs, and even video tutorials.
  • Just hop on over to www.techsmith.com/techsupp/
what is zoomerang
What is Zoomerang?

Zoomerang.com is a Web site that lets businesses, schools, and even individuals

  • Design and conduct professional-grade, online surveys.
  • Gather and analyze the results from those surveys.
zoomerang demo
Zoomerang Demo
  • The process is pretty simple:
    • Create a free zoomerang account.
    • Choose from over 100 survey templates or design a survey from scratch.
    • Deploy the survey via email or a hyperlink.
    • Review the results.
now for the catch
Now for the Catch
  • There are two levels of Zoomerang membership: free and zPro.
  • The free membership
    • Limits you to 30 questions and a maximum of 100 participants per survey
    • Automatically deletes your survey results 10 days after you launch your survey
    • Offers only basic statistical analysis
  • For most people, though, this isn’t going to be a problem.
zpro subscription
zPro Subscription
  • For $599 a year ($350 for educators), you can upgrade to a zPro subscription that lets you do a whole lot more, including
    • Making certain questions mandatory
    • Storing your survey data
    • Sharing, downloading, and even cross-tabulating your results.
  • My suggestion: Use the free membership for now and then upgrade later when and if you, your department, or your school have both the funds and the need for zPro’s enhanced features.
adding screen captures to microsoft word documents and powerpoint presentations

Adding Screen Captures to Microsoft Word Documents and PowerPoint Presentations

… without having to download or purchase ANY new software.

the mystery of screen captures
The Mystery of Screen Captures
  • Have you ever seen a Word document that contains a screen capture and wondered how it was done?
  • It’s REALLY simple.
the print screen button
The Print Screen Button

On your keyboard you have a “Print Screen” button

  • Print screen doesn’t actually print your screen on your printer.
  • Rather, it takes a snapshot of your entire desktop and copies that snapshot to your computer’s clipboard.
  • You can then paste that snapshot into almost ANY program – Word, PowerPoint, etc.
for example1
For Example
  • Let’s take a snapshot of my desktop and paste it into the right side of this slide.
  • Remember, Print Screen takes a picture of your ENTIRE desktop.
  • You can then paste that picture into another program (Edit > Paste).
but what if you don t want the entire screen
But What If You Don’t Want The ENTIRE Screen?
  • You can take a snapshot of any open Window – rather than your entire desktop – by selecting that Window and pressing the Alt and Print Screen keys.
  • For example …
using the print screen key
Using the Print Screen Key
  • Print Screen takes a snapshot of your entire desktop.
  • Alt + Print Screen takes a snapshot of a particular window.
  • You can then paste that snapshot into Word or PowerPoint by going to Edit > Paste.
  • But there is one big problem with all of this …
the problem with screen captures
The Problem with Screen Captures
  • Microsoft Word and PowerPoint display “scaled” versions of inserted screen captures.
  • A 1280 x 960 screen capture that is displayed in Word or PowerPoint at 100 x 75 is still actually 1280 x 960.
  • The image may look smaller, but its “weight” is the same.
compressing word ppt images
Compressing Word/PPT Images
  • Unfortunately, this trick only works in Microsoft Word 2002/2003 and PowerPoint 2002/2003 (I apologize!)
  • In Word or PowerPoint, Go to View > Toolbars > Picture.
  • On the Picture toolbar, choose the “Compress Pictures” icon.
compressing word ppt images1
Compressing Word/PPT Images
  • Choose “All pictures in document.”
  • Choose either “Web/Screen” or “Print” in the Change resolution section.
  • Leave the options checked.
  • Click on the OK button.
  • That’s it. You should notice a significant decrease in your file size.
adding live interactive web pages to your powerpoint presentations

Adding Live, Interactive Web Pages to Your PowerPoint Presentations

… with a free add-in called “LiveWeb”

web pages in powerpoint
Web Pages in PowerPoint
  • You can insert a snapshot of a Web page into your presentation using Alt + Print Screen.
  • You can also include a hyperlink to a Web page.
  • Neither of those is all that interactive.
  • But how about THIS?
using the liveweb add in
Using the LiveWeb Add-In
  • The Google page was added to this presentation using a free PowerPoint add-in called “LiveWeb”
    • Works with PowerPoint 97, 2000, 2002 (XP), and 2003.
  • Just search for liveweb powerpoint at Google
    • The second hit – the one that is indented – is an Adobe Acrobat handout I wrote that shows you how to download, install, and use the free LiveWeb add-in.
  • Here are just two examples of how you can use LiveWeb to enhance a science lecture:
slide53

The infinite interaction between nocturnal, burrowing plantigrade quadrupeds (meles vulgaris), the macroscopic fruiting bodies of fungi, and a limbless vertebrate from the reptilian order ophidia

slide55

The appropriate time (according to the fruit of a musa sapientum) to consume a paste made with the ground fruit or seed of arachis hypogaea combined with fruit juice thickened into a semitransparent, homogeneous consistence

our goals2
Our Goals
  • Look at some exciting PC-based technologies – some that are free, a few that aren’t – that we can use in our classrooms today
  • Take a quick peek at
    • Microsoft Producer 2003, a free Microsoft PowerPoint 2002/2003 utility that lets you add audio and video to your PowerPoint presentations
    • Camtasia Studio 2, a $149.00 commercial program that lets you create screen capture movies complete with narration
our goals3
Our Goals
  • Learn how to
    • Create online surveys
    • Insert screen captures into Word and PowerPoint
    • Compress Word and PowerPoint documents that contain screen captures and other images
    • Add live, interactive Web pages to our PowerPoint presentations
  • Do all of this IN ENGLISH!
exciting pc technology for the classroom1

Exciting PC Technology for the Classroom

a presentation by

Patrick Douglas Crispen