Getting started with Adobe Presenter could not be simpler. First of all, you do not need to learn any other authoring tool. All you need to do is to open up a previous PowerPoint Presentation, click on the Adobe Presenter tab from within PowerPoint and start creating.
There is a great chance that as a teacher, we all have PowerPoint presentation we have created from previous lessons. So get those presentations out, dust them off and lets use them to create compelling, interactive and engaging materials. (this tutorial assumes you have Adobe Presenter already installed on your machine, if not then get Adobe Presenter here.)
In this section our primary goal is to:
- learning the functions of the Adobe Presenter toolbar
In order to understand how Adobe Presenter works we need to first look at the tool bar that’s installed inside of Microsoft PowerPoint when you install Adobe Presenter.
The Adobe Interactive Toolbar
To start with everything you need is in the Adobe Presenter tab. The toolbar gives you a host of tools to help you create interactive e-Learning materials.
- audio tab
- record video tab
- application simulation tab
- insert tab
- quiz tab
- theme tab
- presentation tab
- analytics tab
- tools tab
However there a few things I think you need to make sure of before you start to use the Adobe Presenter tab and it’s functions. Most of these tasks are just to make your presentation is consistent.
- make sure all of your titles are the same size
- all of the body text is the same size
- check the spelling of each slide
- each of the sides have notes in the notes section
- in outline view each slide has a title
- bullet point are the same
Below we will look at each of the functions of the toolbar.
record audio tab – in this section of the toolbar you can record audio, import audio, sync your audio and then edit the audio. Especially if you are just starting out, this is the total audio workflow to get the job done quickly and easily.
record video tab – among the amazing features that Adobe Presenter has is the ability to record video. This stops you from having to have dedicated video recorder or using an external video recorder. From within Adobe presenter you can do simple edits, yes you can do simple edits from within Adobe Presenter and then place your final video into your PowerPoint Presentation.
application simulation tab – here you can record a software simulation of any screen you have open and insert it as an swf file. (swf is the Adobe Flash publish extension) so if you have an example on your screen of a task you want your students to complete, you can show them how to complete the task. This gives the students the opportunity to watch the simulation as many times as they need to understand the concept. Or use the swf file (Adobe Presentation file in a Flip Classroom scenario) From this tab you can also edit the simulation.
insert tab – this tab has five interactions. The first, allow you to add various interactions such as an accordion, certificate, glossary and a jigsaw puzzle. This is only a selection of the many items available to insert into your Adobe Presenter Presentation. These interactions will not only save you time but give your Adobe Presentation an air of e-Learning sophistication. The really neat thing is that you can edit each of the interactions. This is one feature that is worth the price of the program itself.
The next tab, the character feature allows you to select from a variety of actors, which can help you get your points to your audience. The actors come in a variety of poses, which give you loads of choices to use them for different scenarios.
The scene tab, allow you to place varies scenes into your Adobe Presentation such as medical, office-inside and office outside scenes. The other items in this tab are the swf option, which allows you to place swf files inside of your Adobe Presenter Presentation and the video option where you can import video in to your presentation.
The quiz tab is great because here you can add quizzes to test your students understanding of their subject content. You can manage the quiz and import other PowerPoint Presentations into the presentation you are working on and of course add a quiz. The types of quizzes you can add are:
- multiple choices
You can also edit the appearance of your quizzes, adding reporting, choose your output options, add question groups and add labels.
Under the Presentation tab you can preview the presentation, publish your presentation and package the presentation where you can take all your assets anywhere you wish to or share them with your students.
The analytics tab is one of the if not the most valuable tab in the Adobe Presentation workflow. Here you can setup your presentation to allow the dashboard to track your students progress down to the slides they used, how long they stayed on a slide and track just about any information which allows you to intervene if there is a issue with the students understanding of a topic area.
The last tab is the tools tab. In this section you can manage each of the slides by carrying out functions such as adding and altering information such as the appearance of the presentation, adding a summary to the presentation, choosing the quality of the presentation and adding attachments. You can access additional Adobe Resources and access help if required.