Activities:

There are many types of activities that you can use to make your lessons more interactive and fun!

To find the list of activities in Softchalk, click Insert, and scroll down to Activity. As you can see, you have many options. Such as Charts, Crossword, Flash Card, Jigsaw Puzzle, and many more.

softchalk_actitivies.png

From the link of the website below, you can search through the list of tutorial videos displayed and find a few on some of the activities available.

http://softchalk.com/learn-more/video-tutorials

Here are just a few that are offered and the name of them that can be found on the linked page:

 

Tips

Copying/pasting from Word into SC

changes to a non-serif font, but retains headings (H1, H2...)

Revisions needed for previewing SC with Internet Explorer:

In IE, pull down on TOOLS, choose INTERNET OPTIONS, ADVANCED, scroll to SECURITY.

Check the "Allow Active Content to Run in Files on My Computer" box

Embedding ideas:

Embed a Goggle spreadsheet into a SC lesson, and when you update the spreadsheet, viewers of your SC lesson will see the updates. Can be used to show progress through an agenda/list of items.

CNN.com provides embed code for their videos. Their videos are arcived into the same location.

Media -- Inserting Images and Videos

Images: 800 x 600 is the "allowable" maximum. If greater than that, it'll show a "NOT RECOMMENDED".

Can set alignment (left makes the text wrap around the picture vs inline doesn't wrap text.

Add image to quiz poppers - RIGHT CLICK

Video: leave the dimmensions for videos blank if the videos aren't yours.

YouTube streams their videos - good place to put your own.

Media Search: you can configure the sites using the dropdown to the right.

Ex. Flickr - can tell it to only search creative commons area.

Packaging:

Moodle: choose Scorm 1.2 if you want to retain the results of the self-quizzes

D2L: Use zip or Common Cartridge

In SCv7, you'll be able to directly publish your SC lessons into Moodle

SoftChalk Library

Use: place objects here for re-use in multiple lessons that you create.

Search: when you search for media on other sites through SC, metadata is saved. You should paste the URL into the descritpion, though, so that you have the original location of the object.

Saving Items from your own lessons into library: right-click, choose SAVE TO LIBRARY, then name the object and add your own metadata.

Storage of your library items: inside user information in your Windows folder - it's encrypted, but can export all library items into a zip file and copy/send it to others if needed, or place it on a share drive for others to download the library and add to their SC instance on their computer.

Importing: can import a library into you rSC instance on your computer.

Quizzes: SC quizzes can be exported into Moodle or Respondus

 

SoftChalk Connect: Open Education Resource

Allows hyperlinking or embedding of objects