At the moment I'm in the middle of I don't know how many sets of training in schools... The Royal Latin School in Buckingham, about ten primary schools in Aylesbury Vale, about eight around Wycombe, plus we've just finished training in The Amersham School, Dr Challoner's High School and are in the process of doing follow-up support visits at The Grange, The Cottesloe School and Buckingham School.
Primaries are done in regional groups, with up to two staff from each school coming to a series of four sessions in their locality which aim to introduce them to Moodle and put them in charge of their school's own VLE. We also try and run termly workshops for those who've been through the training and want to share what they've done or bring any issues along to have them solved.
- Mouseposé is a slick little tool (for Macs only, US$14.95) which allows you to spotlight part of the screen while dimming the rest - useful for higlighting certain areas. There's a PC version called MouseLight (Windows, £10.17) but I was looking around for a free tool which would do the same - I came across MouseShade (Windows, free), written by someone on the message boards at DonationCoder. It's not as snazzy as Mouseposé or MouseLight, but does the job. A really useful tool which mimics some of the functionality of interactive whiteboard software without needing a 100MB download.
- The next tool is something which is really quite fabulous for something so small (well I think so anyway). ZoomIt (Windows, free) is a tiny download from the Microsoft web site which has many useful functions - and for me it seems that the zoom function (using the mouse scroll wheel or the up and down arrow keys once the program is enabled) is the least of them. It's a very simple program for annotating a screen (these annotations aren't persistent, so hide the tool and they are lost) but it's a simple tool which could be very useful when you just have a projector and a wireless mouse, rather than an interactive whiteboard. Pressing w or k gets a white or black screen to write on and there's also a timer which will run on the screen if you want to give people a set time for discussing something, or simply a break from what you're saying!