Session 5: Presentation Forms

  1. You have been asked to create a podcast. Which of the above tools (or name another) you would use? Briefly explain the procedure you would use to create the podcast.

I researched a few voice recording apps for an iphone and I really like the features of SuperNote. They offer a free version and one that you can purchase. I chose the one to purchase because there is an unlimited length of voice recording, you could pause the recording, and you could upload the recording to dropbox, which is a file storage system I use.

Podcast creation procedure:

  • Create a script or written document of what you will read in your podcast.
  • Practice reading out loud, note intonation, pauses.
  • Open the app and select “lecture.” Title your lecture appropriately so it’s easy to find later.
  • Record all the way through and listen to it. This is your first run.
  • Record again until you like what you hear!
  • Upload file to dropbox
  • Open the file in iTunes, but then create a new version (mp3)
  • If using a Weebly drag and drop website (that’s what I use with iPage), drag the audio icon where you want it and upload your mp3 file.
  • Update the caption of your podcast with the title and your name.
  1. You have been asked to help create a presentation that demonstrates how to resize a photograph using Adobe Photoshop. Which of the above tools (or name another) would you use? How would you go about creating the presentation?

Based on the list that was given to us, Camstasia would be the way to go about this type of project. It allows you to create a video presentation with the feature of recording on your screen. The Camstasia website provides several tutorials to help anyone get started on creating an instructional video. As with a podcast, you want to prepare and outline or script. You also need a storyboard before you begin recording. Once you have recorded your video, you will go into the editing stage. You can also add captions to your video either using the speech to text feature or by entering the captions manually.

  1. What are tools like Articulate and Captivate for? What features do they offer that would be hard to replicate with less expensive tools?

Articulate and Captivate are tools to create Learning Management Systems. They offer quiz builders, collaboration tools, and much more. They also have animation building features which gain learner attention, video production tools. Captivate even offers a simulation builder.

  1. Create a presentation! Your presentation must include the following:

Please look at my ePortfolio at

I acknowledge that my responses to numbers 1-3 above are brief, to say the least. However, I have been preparing for the Comprehensive Exam for this program which I am taking tomorrow (2/14). As a way to prepare for my comp, I have created audio podcasts to some of the practice questions we answered in ETEC 542D. It was a lot of work, but it has helped me study and get this assignment done all at once.

  1. Explain your presentation development method, procedures and technology. This is to be posted on your blog. Cover the following:

5a) What did you do to prepare to develop the presentation? First, I had to find a recording app that I could use with my phone since I can adjust how close or far I hold it from my mouth. I chose SuperNote because it had the least poor reviews. I also had to prepare my phone by making space for my recordings.

5b) Did you create the transcript first? Why or why not? Yes I did. I had my papers already written and there were some pieces on my website that were already there (like the Seymour Papert text) that I decided to audio record as well. I am glad that I had the transcript because there was no way I would be able to articulate so much information without pausing, stumbling, etc.

5c) Explain your development process. Opened files, read files out loud, recorded first run, listened for editing purposes, re-recorded, uploaded to dropbox, opened in itunes, changed file to mp3, uploaded to website.

5d) Explain how you addressed (or would address) ADA considerations in your presentation. I addressed ADA considerations by providing text for hearing impaired, audio and contrasting colors for vision impaired.

5e)What did you learn about creating presentations? Holy Cow! It is a lot of work to record myself! I found myself having to stop several times at the beginning to clear my throat, stop being nervous, annunciate better, stick to the script! The one feature I disliked about the app was that if I made a mistake at the end, I would have to start all over again because I couldn’t record over something that was already there.


About Margarita

This is my second year as a graduate student at CSUSB. I have taught in the Riverside Unified School District for eleven years. The Instructional Technology program has been extremely beneficial to my professional development as it has helped me use innovative ways in providing instruction an support to my sixth graders.
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17 Responses to Session 5: Presentation Forms

  1. Margarita says:

    I should have noted, there are multiple podcasts on my website, but the 5min+ podcast is on the last tab, Technology. I don’t think you need to listen to all of the recordings I have, but perhaps you would find them useful for your studies as well!


  2. lgersitz says:

    I enjoyed listening to your podcasts, Margaritia. You spoke clearly and slowly so they were easy to follow. What did you use to create them? Is there CC capabilites? I noticed you had text docs up for some of them but not all.


    • Margarita says:

      Hi Lorraine,
      I’m glad you enjoyed listening. I tried to be clear and easy to listen to. I used my iPhone to record with the Super note app. Then I was able to transfer the files to dropbox and open them on my laptop. I don’t think there are cc options, though. When you says some had a text doc, I think you are referring to a separate file to follow along with. I didn’t include for the shorter podcasts because the text was directly on the webpage. Do you think I should? Maybe that would help students modify the size of the text?


  3. ngl8on says:

    Hi Margarita,

    I hope you feel more relaxed now that comps are behind you. Don’t worry about the results they will show up in about 3 weeks. This is what I told myself after comps when I went through the MS STEM masters. Congratulations !!

    I liked hearing about you using the audio as a study guide for comps, great idea! Do you think it helped you? I like you, do not like making mistakes, and found Audacity to be friendlier app. You could splice sections together and cut out goofs.

    Thanks for sharing your study materials with us on your podcasts too.


    • Margarita says:

      Hi Nita,
      Thank you! I hope the podcasts helped me. When I opened my comp and looked at the questions, I felt confident and was able to recall a lot of information that was useful from my recordings, I know the podcasts helped! I looked at Audacity, but since I was basically cramming, I looked for something easy to use with my phone since I don’t have a microphone. I would like to you with Audacity in the future and see if I could cut out some static noise. With Super Note, I could pause my recoding and then pick up where I left off, but then it created two separate sound files. Every recording was done one shot all the way through on my page.


      • ngl8on says:

        Hi Margarita,

        I got my noise canceling headset/microphone at Staples. I know it works on my PC, but since I do not own an iPhone. I do not know if it would work there too.

        I am glad you were confident when you took your comps. If you felt that way you probably did well!



  4. Hi Margarita,

    Thank you so much for sharing your e-portfolio. It is very impressive. I also commend you on finishing your comps. Given what you put into it, I am sure you did well. I am wondering what you think about using podcasts not only for accessibility but also to appeal to different learning styles. It sounds like having an audio file was helpful for you.



    • Margarita says:

      Hi Kristine,
      Thank you for your kind words. I found that the process of creating the podcasts helped me with my own memorization of details, which was why I created them. However, when I asked some close friends to listen, they said it was boring. I think the feedback is coming from perspectives of people who aren’t in the field so I won’t take it to heart. For me, if I’m able to listen and read information, I have a better chance of retaining it.

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  5. Hi Margarita,
    I really like your portfolio. How did you get the audio uploaded? I could not upload audio unless I paid a $300 + fee for 3 years upfront. Apparently, I do not have access to the audio component in the weekly drab/drop feature which I can use in the Basic Plan. I hope you can fill me in on this later.


    • Margarita says:

      Hi Guillermina,
      Thank you for your compliment on my portfolio. I know I didn’t pay $300 for the weebly access on ipage, it was closer to about $59. It’s actually $4.99 per month but they billed for the entire year. At the time, I was so tired, but not tired enough to pay $300! I can help you look into it on Tuesday at work.


  6. gcaudill says:

    Hi Margarita,
    Your portfolio looks great! Having the audio embedded on each page and being able to play it directly makes it even more professional.


  7. edtechy says:

    I hope that the comps went well for you! I know how stressful they are! I think you are the first student in our program to use audio recordings as a study technique. Great idea!


    • Margarita says:

      Thank you Dr. Newberry. This class actually helped me make that connection of using various methods to study information. I do well listening to lectures rather than reading text, so this was a natural step for me. I’m grateful that the ADA lesson was last week because at actually got my mind thinking in the direction of recording my own writings in order to study!


  8. Ernie says:

    Hi Margarita,
    I enjoy surfing the portfolio webpage, seems it was invested a lot of efforts.
    It looks very professional.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Margarita says:

    Thank you, Ernie. I still have include a lot more content. I’ll be adding a tab for coursework as was prescribed by one of our professors. That will help maintain the neatness of my pages (I hope!).


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