Tuesday, March 15, 2011

iSpring Free: Convert PowerPoint to Flash Interactions

Instructors sometimes need to present their PowerPoint presentations to their students. Many of them will upload the PowerPoint file directly into ANGEL for the student to view the presentation. The student's experience to view a presentation goes something like the following.

Click into the course > Click on the Lessons tab > Click in the Module folder > Click on the File to download the PowerPoint > Wait for the timer to automatically download the file OR Click directly on the link to download the file > Click Save or Open file > Open the file in PowerPoint > Click Presentation to watch the full presentation.

Wouldn't it be nice to cut down on all these clicks so the student can view the presentation without having to download a file, open it in a program, then click the view the presentation?

iSpring Free is a tool you can use to convert any PowerPoint file into a Flash file. I've embedded an example of one below. As an instructor, you convert your PowerPoint, upload the SWF file to ANGEL, and then the students will click through the slides from within ANGEL. Their new experience will change to the following steps.

Click into the course > Click on the Lessons tab > Click in the Module folder > Click on the Page with the embedded Flash file.

It's not only a quicker experience for your students, but if you don't want to give out your presentation for your students to edit or change, this provides you with a way for your students to only view the presentation; there's no access to edit it at any time.

If you are interested in using iSpring Free, you can download it free at http://www.ispringfree.com/. It works within PowerPoint (you will see a new tab in the ribbon called iSpring) and you are one click away from converting the file into flash.

Another exciting feature of iSpring Free is the button that allows you to easily add YouTube videos to your presentation!

Here is an example of a Voice Over PowerPoint converted using iSpring Free.

Posted at 05:18PM Mar 15, 2011 by sgerald

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