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Michael Sankey and Petrea Redmond discuss Presenter as a tool for presenting power-points

Michael:
Thanks for joining us, i’m joined by Dr. Petrea Redmond from the Faulty of Education and her specialty is in ICT integration into the curriculum. Petrea you have used alot of different technologies in your teaching but the one I want to focus on right now is Adobe Presenter the way we record PowerPoint slides with audio as opposed to a lecture. Can you just give us a bit of an example on how you might use that in your courses?

Petrea:
I have found frequently, particularly if I was going to be away at a conference or something and I couldn’t present the lecture that I could then present that using Adobe, from my desktop, in my room or I could even do it from home. So as long as the only thing I want students to see is a PowerPoint presentation and it’s not going to be too long I try and chunk it up and not have it too long although we probably don’t have the detail in how long the students or are willing to stay online and actually listen to these things. I think that one of the advantages is also what I have found for Adobe Presenter is you can go back and edit, so you don’t have to repeat the whole thing you can just edit the one slide so if I want to use something from one year to the next it is very easy to make that modification and because most staff are quite familiar with PowerPoint I found that when I work with new staff about how to use this they have very few difficulties in taking it on board and getting started so it’s quite easy to get started.

Michael:
Ok, so most people can pick the tool up fairly easily?

Petrea:
Yes.

Michael:
Ok, so why would you use that as opposed to Camtasia Relay.

Petrea:
The one big advantage is the ability to edit. You can either do it on the run or 12 months later. I think that is the biggest advantage. For new users the other advantage is nothing new to learn in order to get set-up and once you hit recording the additional bit you have to do at the end is quite short and there is quite alot of support around at the university for people to help you get that done.

Michael:
So any specific tips on how to use it?

Petrea:
I don’t think it is really any different to what people would do in a normal lecture situation. I think that they need to don’t need to do anything different to what they normally would already do, it’s just that you don’t have a live audience infront of you. So some people find it hard to ramp up and get their voice interesting and exciting so that’s probably the biggest thing to make sure, that you are not in a mono tone that you do vary your pitch and your interest level through those recordings.

Michael:
Cool, thankyou very much.

Petrea:
Ok, thankyou