Apr 18, 2013

What is Softchalk and why do instructors like it? (DTCC faculty can get Softchalk free)

If you want ideas about how you can organize your course content, checking out the just released 2013 Softchalk Lesson Challenge Winners is a good place to start. What you can do with Softchalk?
Of course you can add video, images, audio, animation, screen shots, and links, like you can with Sakai, but what do instructors really like about Softchalk? Instructors like the 22 interactive activities you can add after discussing an idea, definition or an entire topic. What are some examples of the interactive activities that work with mobile devices and web browsers?
  • Pairs: From a group of text boxes, students pick pairs of terms for US Presidents (Cherry tree and George Washington)
  • Sequence: From a list of fractions, students move the fractions up or down until the fractions are in order from low to high 
  • Identify: Students identify the correct image (flower) for a term (daffodil)
What are examples of interactive flash activities that work in web browsers?
  • DragNDrop: From a list of definitions, students drag a definition to its matching term  
  • Pyramid Chart: Students click on sections that represent investment risk options
  • Label: Label parts of an image (eye)
  • Crossword, Flash Card, Hot Spot, Jigsaw Puzzle, Ordering (up/down) Timeline 
Many instructors also like Softchalk since they can add one or a group of questions (such as multiple choice, T/F, Matching or Ordering) immediately after discussing a concept or term. 

How do you get Softchalk?
At Durham Tech, you can contact IT for the username/password so you can download Softchalk free at home, or you can request IT to install it in your office.

How do you find out more about Softchalk?
Check out Durham Tech's Softchalk wiki page for links to Softchalk videos, training webinars, and sample lessons. We also have instructions for publishing and adding your Softchalk lessons to Sakai.

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