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Zara Ogden

I can't provide you with a specific example but...

I am a firm believer that you are only limited by your imagination. I would suggestion reading Tom's blog from last week about the source of design ideas. Because I have a 18mth old at home I am constantly inspired by Sesame Street, Backyardagins and many other toddler programs. They are highly creative and visually appealing. His ideas from the magazine would be excellent layouts for the tween or teen user.

With respect to content you have to know your audience. Tweens and teen can do and learn just as much as a "corporate" user (in my opinion) so I would make the appropriate content in the vary same way I would for corporate learning. For smaller kids it is all about haow many time you will let them touch stuff and play. I have an idea that I am working on where I am use insane amounts of hyperlink to engage little learner. It is not work related just a side project for fun.

My biggest suggestion is that you make your learning like I make my spaghetti sauce...lots of hidden vegetables. Make it a game and make it fun. And it doesn't have to be a "game game" just lots of fun. Check out NASA, Discovery Chanel, Sesamestreet.org They will have lots of concepts you can piggy back from.

Zara Ogden

This is the 3rd time i wrote back to you...lol...I keep deleting my post by accident.

I really suggest you check out NASA although it may be "geeky" their approach to learning is insane. Even if you don't use it I think that it is where ID's should strive to be. And even my most brutal critic (my very disgruntled 14 yr old nephew) would think it was pretty awesome.

I am the MTV generation. I wore cords and plaid shirts that made me look 50lbs heavier then I was. Today not so cool. But just like i thought disco was way dumb and hot pants on guys was very weird it was also very retro and so cool. If you have the creative juice (not sure I do) retro can be very effective. When I was in high school i remember thinking Neil Diamond was cool cause somebody's mom made them listen to it and it was way funny to hear them sing the lyrics.

Also this is the generation of Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Texting. Design you layout like what is trendy. Mirror the layouts like Tom suggests doing in his Blog with wed sites. There is a great example of a community layout that is mirrored to Screenr. I have used it and refurbished it to match my needs.

I have seen and heard about quite a few groups building game type learning with mock Twitter and Facebook accounts. There is also the digital nativity story http://youtu.be/vZrf0PbAGSk really neat and innovative.

Even if I don't currently teach 10-18 I will be soon. They have to get jobs somewhere. Let me know if you want my Screenr layout. You can DM me.

Amber Price

The Digital Christmas Story is spot-on for the age of our students! I just shared that video with my colleagues, so we'll see what kind of feedback comes from it. Currently we use a lot of converted Powerpoint files (usually to *.swf) to present content to students.

I can certainly relate to the MTV generation. I saw a Screenr recently where the designer used a "View Master" template for presenting content which was pretty darn clever. I think I may sit down with my son and look through the NASA website. Thank you for the link and all of your great, great ideas!!!

Josey De Rossi

I've finally taken the plunge and returned to my first choice for developing curriculum with Storyline for K-12  and found these posts.

Loved the examples

.  Being a bit of a geek I love the word PEDAGOGUE even though as a young teacher I didn't have a clue why it was used on teaching and learning. Then I got it..... the pedagogue.... the one who walks beside you .....who  on their own 'learning journey' shares some time with you... OK I thought ... that will do for me. What a beautifully elegant answer to what's really worthwhile in teaching and learning - sharing, communicating, seeing and listening to difference and a million other things.

So to cut a very long story short I've set up www.fantasticlearningsystems.com to see what I can do with Articulate Storyline for  k-12 education.... very early days but I'd love your considered views.

Anne Pead

@Josey - that's great, I'm going to keep checking in there to see what you're coming up with!

@Amber - I have two boys at school (in Australia) one in his first year (called Prep, I think it is Kindergarten in the States) and the other Year 3. I've just started making some resources for the teachers with Storyline (because I'm an education geek and love playing with SL).

The Prep stuff is for their theme and for their reading sight words. The theme this term is community helpers so I've set up a drag and drop with names matching to the correct picture and another one grouping items from community helpers together.  Clicking on the word gives audio so they know what to do (since most of them are still learning to read). The reading words is very basic, just taking their current reading words lists and creating a couple of activities like matching, drag and drop, etc. It's a bit repetitive to create and not terrible creative/exciting but the kids love it as they get to practice their words without an adult telling them if they're wrong or right   I'm also going to get the teacher and kids to work with me to get the kids to record their own audio for some stories and words and things as they get a thrill out of hearing their own voices. 

For the Gr 3s their current theme is Australia so I've got an interactive Australia map (still working on this) that they can click on and answer questions and get some fun facts.

BUT what I think is a GREAT idea in K12 learning using tools like Storyline and audio like Audacity is getting the kids to do it themselves.  If the kids create the learning for the other kids in the class, a lot of learning happens. So for example if a Gr 3 child has focussed on the state of Victoria, they could create their own Storyline mini course for the class with little quiz (or in Powerpoint and then converted, depending what resources the school has) because they retain so much more information when they have to create the learning content for others. It gets them to refine their research and presentation skills and keep clear and focussed. Just recently I've seen a couple of lesson plans centred around using Audacity - another great idea for language and communication classes where they can record and upload their own poetry or stories.  Soooo many cool ideas!

Good luck and let us know if you find any other resources!

Keith Shull

@Amber: I know this reply is VERY late to the party (9 years!), but you know what they say: "Better late than..."
I began in K-12 - first in the classroom & then in K-12 eLearning curriculum development, and now in corporate training. Although I never used Storyline in my K-12 work, the ideas are generally the same. Like Zara said above, you're only limited by your imagination.

Some of the freelance work I did during the transition between K-12 and corporate was what we'd call microlearning today (tho' the term didn't exist back then)...very media-driven (animation or video w/ original script and VO work) - but generally focused on a single topic/idea. For example, in a high school Literature course, I did a 1.5 min. whiteboard animation about "what's the definition of a short story?" (How's it different from a novel? Is it based on the number of words? etc.)