Once upon a time in a far away land, students and teachers used Poster Boards, Overhead Projectors, and/or eventually Microsoft PowerPoint to create dynamic presentations. Then, some smarty pants created Prezi and Adobe Spark options and the world exploded with creativity! (Smile) Sorry folks, I am a little giddy today since the sun has been shining for days now. I even went to pick fresh wildflowers yesterday for my backyard picnic table and had happy 1980s music playing. So, I just had to make a joke while writing this. On a serious note…
Last semester, I had an opportunity to serve as Subject Matter Expert (SME) for a new Social Problems course. Of course, my home office was transformed. The huge dry erase board served as my visual for ensuring I had all the assignments and resources for each week covered. (In fact, my family asked how long the board was going to be used for planning and I said “as long as it takes.” Side note: I was actually a little sad when I had to erase it. I digress…)
Since I didn’t serve as the Instructional Designer on this project (my contract was only for the SME), I didn’t need a storyboard. Although, I most certainly DID need dynamic lectures to go along with the Creative Commons textbook. When a SME chooses to use a Creative Commons textbook to create a course, the students do not have to pay a high price for the textbook. Textbooks cost a lot and most students do not have endless supplies of money. Thus, I chose a Creative Commons textbook that is free for the world and readily available to anyone online. This also meant that I had to create the supplemental items to go with the textbook. That was a fun part of the process and when I used Adobe Spark, it was super easy to add additional websites for viewing statistics and facts. The program was easy to use and more streamlined than Prezi. (I love Prezi but it can make me a little dizzy if it moves too quickly. That is just my two cents.)
I am including an example of an Adobe Spark presentation which only took about 4 minutes to create.