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Tip #672: Do You Kahoot?

On May 23, 2017, Posted by , In training resources, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #672: Do You Kahoot?

“My goal in the classroom was always to make sure they were having so much fun that they didn’t realize they were learning.” Rick Riordan

I always learn something new when I conduct train the trainer sessions and last week was no exception.

Have you ever heard of, used or created a Kahoot? Kahoot is a free game-based learning platform that can be used in the classroom to poll participants, test their learning, and even introduce and provide training.

I wanted to learn more about Kahoot and Plickers (a way to poll participants without devices), so I did some research and discovered that there are many classroom tools for gathering feedback- and they’re free!

Here are some of these … Read the rest

Tip #664: Staff Development Options

On April 4, 2017, Posted by , In learning,training resources, By , With Comments Off on Tip #664: Staff Development Options

It’s all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you’re properly trained.”  Queen Elizabeth II

Staff development is defined as the improvement of the knowledge and skills of employees within an organization by providing them with training.

Organizations that invest in staff development have found that it improves efficiency, improves productivity, ensures the continuation of institutional knowledge, reduces turnover, reduces costs, improves employee morale, and increases employee job satisfaction. Staff development may also give the organization greater scheduling flexibility and may lead to operational improvements.

Staff development can take many forms, as the following table illustrates.

Staff Development Conducted within the Organization
Mentoring A deliberate pairing of a more skilled/experienced person with a less
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Tip #623: Photofunia for Fun Photos

On May 31, 2016, Posted by , In training resources, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #623: Photofunia for Fun Photos

“It’s a visual world and people respond to visuals.” Joe Sacco

Here is a wonderful free site where you can put your text or your photos onto a huge variety of photos and then use them in participant materials and/or PowerPoint slides: http://www.photofunia.com

This is how Joan Stewart described in SpeakerNet News:

“You can put your face (or someone else’s) on a Wanted poster, on a Times Square billboard, wearing a chef’s hat, in a Santa costume waving your arms and making angels in the snow, on a museum banner, on the front page of a newspaper, and more. You can place your text (just a word or two) on a hot air balloon, on a movie theater marquee, on Read the rest

Tip #622: TED-Ed Animated Lessons

On May 23, 2016, Posted by , In training resources, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #622: TED-Ed Animated Lessons

“Animation offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world.”  Walt Disney

I have just learned about a terrific training resource: TED-Ed, subtitled Lessons Worth Sharing. According to its website:

“TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world. Everything we do supports learning — from producing a growing library of original animated videos , to providing an international platform for teachers to create their own interactive lessons, to helping curious students around the globe bring TED to their schools and gain presentation literacy skills, to celebrating innovative leadership within TED-Ed’s Read the rest

#593: An Email Workaround for Large Files

On November 2, 2015, Posted by , In training resources, By ,, , With Comments Off on #593: An Email Workaround for Large Files

“No matter how complicated a problem is, it usually can be reduced to a simple, comprehensible form which is often the best solution.”  An Wang

With cartoons, clipart and pictures, my participant materials and PowerPoint slides can get pretty big. For years now, when I have needed to send a client documents that are very large, I have used web-based services. I would upload the document to the site and then the service would send a link to the client, who could then download the document.

When I was designing a number of training programs for a client and needed a more accessible but permanent depository, I began to use a shared drop box. This worked admirably and seemed to … Read the rest

Tip #588: An Infographic of Bloom’s Taxonomy

On September 28, 2015, Posted by , In training resources, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #588: An Infographic of Bloom’s Taxonomy

Pictures help you to form the mental mold…” Robert Collier

Not being particularly artistic myself, I have never used infographics in training. However, I have just been shown how wonderfully effective an infographic can be.

See what you think about this one of Bloom’s revised Taxonomy with verbs, by Mia MacMeekin:

bloom-verbs

Isn’t it wonderful? She has many other infographics that you might find appealing and useful in your own work at her website: An Ethical Island- How to Teach Without a Lecture and other fun: https://anethical island.wordpress.com.

You can see the original infographic at: https://anethicalisland.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/blooms-revised-taxonomy-with-verbs

Please let me know what you think!

May your learning be sweet- and colorful!

Deborah… Read the rest