Chalk and magnetic board for the foreign languages course
Mar 14, 2012
I’d like to share with you the experience associated with an e-learning project that I am currently working on.
The goal of the training is learning English and German. This course is designed for people who are just getting started with learning Goethe’s and Shakespeare’s language.
The whole project consists of 12 lessons - 6 of each language. Every lesson is one topic in which we pass some basic phrases and words. Topics that we chose is: shopping, health, vacation and travel, family, culture and holidays.
In the original version, we assumed the simultaneous transmission of knowledge of both languages - but after much discussion and analysis of advantages and disadvantages of this approach, we finally decided to produce one same-time language version.
As you can see in the following print screens (only English version), the visual design of the slide I used, is the tip of chalk board, which Tom Kuhlmann described on his blog
For the captions and commands on the board I used Calibri font and gave it a white fill available in the WordArt section. After writing the text, I saved it as an image and imported into PowerPoint.
Then I used the pastels smooth effect on the inserted picture, which is available in the Format tab, Adjust group, Artistic Effects. In this way the text looks like written in chalk - a very convenient solution, because it is not easy to find a handwritten font in Polish due to our specific case. This trick was also mentioned by someone on the community blog.
Additionally, to make the slides more attractive, the blackboard chalk was treated also as a magnetic board. The magnets fasten the paper cards with the English or German words.
I used also branched scenarios to give the user a choice whether he wants to solve the test or to learn new words. Great screencast by David Anderson referring scenarios is available here and the blog post of Tom Kuhlman
What do you think of this idea, what are your impressions? Maybe you have any suggestions? Would you organize the graphics and slides in some other way?
Best regards from Poland