It would be difficult for anyone on the planet not to know that there is a presidential election in the US this year. Our Friday showcase this week is a Click Witchery presentation featuring the 44 US presidents so far.
One of the main use cases for Click Witchery is as tool for education. This presentation is a good example of this and the link below may be an even better way to view it.
We have chosen a Click Witchery presentation on The Periodic Table of Elements as our first Click Witchery Friday Showcase.
This presentation is intended for use in an educational setting. When the student clicks on element they get to see it in more detail.
Poster presentations are widely used at academic and other conferences. The idea is that you create a poster to explain some topic. This is printed and displayed and anyone can look at it to get an understanding of the topic. The person who created the poster is usually there to talk about it.
There is a presumption that a poster should always be printed and displayed. However, there is nothing to stop anyone creating an electronic poster and displaying via a monitor. Click Witchery has excellent functionality for doing just that and I will show you how this is done by creating a poster presentation on the plays of William Shakespeare.
We have designed our presentations so that we divide the plays of Shakespeare into Comedies, Tragedies and Historical plays. There is a graphic on each of these which lists the plays in that category and we then look at one play in more detail.
You can see the structure in Click Witchery here.
We have included the graphic files used for this presentation here. Creating the presentation is simple. After you have created and named the presentation you add the graphic file with the picture of Shakespeare. We will next add the graphic file which lists the comedies of Shakespeare and link that to the word “Comedy” in the first graphic by drawing a polygon around that word. We will then click on the object, Comedy, we have just created and add a new object with the graphic detailing The Merchant of Venice. We will again link this by drawing a polygon around the image in the Comedy object.
We will then do the same for Tragedies and Historical plays.
This video takes you through this process.
Here is the completed Click Witchery presentation:
Teachers and students are forever coming up with new ways of using technology for learning. We are hoping that many of them choose Click Witchery as a tool for learning. One of the most exciting things about developing technology is to watch as smart people start using it ways you had not imagined.
One of the ways teachers explain maths is to use multi-step word problems. A problem is described and the student has to work out the solution.
An example could be: “I can read 1 page in 4 minutes. I read for 1 hour every day. I am currently at page 204 of a 369-page book. How many days will it take me to finish it?”.
This problem is solved by breaking the problem into steps, and working out each step so that the student solves the problem. We would break the solve the problem above as follows:
“I have read 204 pages so I have 369-204 = 165 pages. In 4 minutes I read 1 page. In 1 hour I read 60/4 = 15 pages. I read for 1 hour per day and read 15 pages per day. I will finish the book in 165/15 = 11 days.”
With Click Witchery we can create a presentation where the student can see the problem, try and work it out and when they have come to their own solution they can click on the problem to see the correct solution.