Lights, camera, interaction

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Scott Beagrie tunes into technology revolutionising the corporate trainingroomEvery so often a development or technology comes along, capable ofrevolutionising the market. In the corporate training sector interactivity hasthis potential. There is no shortage of new and highly innovative products making theirinteractive presence felt; from clever cordless mice, tablet PCs, Bluetoothdevices (which can hook up and interact with other devices via a short-rangewireless technology) through to interactive whiteboards that allow the tutor toannotate a screen as they guide learners through the subject. The latter are tipped to be one of the fastest-shifting trainingtechnologies. According to audio-visual analysts Decision Tree Consulting,sales grew by more approximately 150 per cent from 11,099 units sold in 2001 to27,359 last year. And the forecast for units sold by the end of 2003 ispredicted to be more than 45,000. Until recently, the main application has been in educational markets,accounting for 95 per cent of all sales. But with an interactive generation ofstudents already swarming into the corporate world, this kind of technologywill have to become the norm. Interactive It is easy to see why interactive whiteboards have taken off – theyeffectively, bring together the trainer’s favourite tools of traditional flipchart/dry wiper board and projector and screen. But it is also because studieshave proven that interactivity has a positive effect on learning. “Research has found board interactivity results in people learning theapplication and synthesis of concepts much faster and more effectively thanthrough a laptop/projector model,” says Kevin Martin of Saville AudioVisual, which distributes interactive whiteboards including Smart Technologies’Smart board. But this is just one of a host of technological advancements. Here is ourguide to interactive products to watch. Throughlines (Static & Motion) What is it? A video platform using a combination of audience responsetechnology and DVD playback to enable course delegates to interact with whatthey are viewing and determine the direction of the presentation. It works with groups of between 20 and 2,000 people who, using individualwireless keypads, can determine the consequences of hypothetical situationsduring the video presentation. Their responses are then computed automaticallyand the DVD playback continues with the story line which received the majorityvote. What does it offer the learner? It transforms learners from passivereceptors to participants who can influence the programme’s direction. NewYork-based developer Static & Motion is promoting the technology as atailored training tool – particularly for subjects that require high levels ofinteraction such as developing coaching skills, promoting diversity, or dealingwith sexual harassment. Tried and tested? Users include CMP Media and Citigroup Cost: Systems are bespoke configurations so price varies widely More info: www.static-motion.comwww.throughlines.comOptionpower (Option Technologies Interactive) What is it? A software add-on that converts PowerPoint to a fullyinteractive presentation tool for trainers and presenters. Trainers can receiveimmediate feedback from their class using wireless handheld keypads. Theanswers can be deployed via drop-down menus and tools, and new slides generatedin seconds based on their responses. A group of learners in a new producttraining session, for instance, could be polled on what they think are itsunique selling points. Responses can be tabulated and turned into a slidewithin seconds. What does it do for the learner? Ends ‘death by PowerPoint’ syndromeby encouraging participation. Interactive group response systems such asOptionPower make delegates feel they have a stake in the outcome. Tried and tested? Debuted at February’s Training 2003 conference inAtlanta. Expect appearances at UK trade shows later this year. Cost: OptionPower starter system with 10-keypad (£1,350) More info: www.optiontechnologies.comACTIVboard (TDS) What is it? An interactive whiteboard that allows the trainer toannotate over text, animation, movies and audio. At its simplest, it can beused as a projection screen but married with a PC, LCD projector and theproprietary ACTIVpen, it becomes a powerful and interactive medium for thetrainer. ACTIVpen is a cordless pen which controls the BOARDmate2 software thatruns on ACTIVboard. Software’s features include an electronic flipchart, which can be sharedacross videoconferencing sessions, and a virtual floating toolbar with a rangeof desktop annotation tools such as highlighter pens. It can also run MicrosoftWindows applications. What does it offer the learner? It allows the trainer to create dynamic content and instantly react toresponses from the group, heightening their involvement. Its interactivity canalso help convey complex theories that prove difficult to get across when usingother methods. Using ACTIV-board’s videoconferencing capability, learners canalso hook up with other learners across the globe to share ideas, notes anddiagrams, and even edit documents in real time. Tried and tested? Kent Police for training purposes in its newcommunication facility Cost: starts from around £1,300 More info: www.tdshouse.co.uk Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Lights, camera, interactionOn 1 May 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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PM wants greater involvement from private sector in WCMF

first_imgLocalNews PM wants greater involvement from private sector in WCMF by: – October 31, 2011 Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Share Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. (file photo)Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is calling for a greater involvement from the private sector in the staging of the annual World Creole Music Festival.He said that it is time that the private sector injects some cash into the event.“There has to be a greater involvement in the private sector in a more tangible way. What the WCMF needs is a greater injection of cash through sponsorship. The sponsorship in kind helps but you need money to be able to sustain the involvement of the bands. It is a very costly exercise so I believe greater involvement of the private sector is crucial and will give it an additional boost. I believe what we have to do is look at the existing sponsors, including government and to examine every private sector firms contribution and ask yourself whether you are getting value for money from these sponsors. We also need to tap into new sponsors,” he said.Jeff Joseph & the Grammacks New Generation performing on night 1 of the WCMFMr Skerrit also commended the efforts of the Dominica Festivals Commission for highlighting the local artists at the festival.“The Dominica Festival Commission has made an effort to try to promote the local bands, whether its cultural groups, local artistes…I think it’s a matter for them to take advantage of that exposure and take their performance to the next level,” he said.Dominica Vibes News 112 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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Asante Kotoko beaten 2-0 by ten-man Sundowns in friendly

first_imgGhanaian champions Asante Kotoko lost 2-0 to ten-man Mamelodi Sundowns in their international friendly match played on Sunday.The Porcupine Warriors came out to face the Brazilians at the Baba Yara Stadium despite being troubled by the shocking resignation of their chairman Dr. Desmond Sarpong.Kotoko were also without their coach Mas-Ud Dramani whose future remains uncertain despite leading the side to a successful Premier League defence.The Ghanaian champions however held their own against their South African opponents throughout the first half where the match headed into recess goalless.Sundowns were however quickest off the block in the second half and forced the opening goal through Kotoko defender Smallboy Korbah.The hosts tried as much as possible to get back on level terms but their efforts were thwarted by the numerous substitutions. Sundowns also had their fair share of changes which saw Rashid Sumaila make his debut against the team he just won the Ghanaian Premier League title with.The match looked destined for a slim win for Pitso Mosimane’s side until Zungu popped up with a late strike to double the lead for the Brazilians.The win sees Sundowns win two of their three matches played on pre-season tour of Ghana.Sundowns had beaten Liberty Professionals Academy 5-0 in a training match before drawing 1-1 with Hearts of Oak last Wednesday.last_img read more

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