2004 Conference Proceedings

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Arjan Khalsa & Karen Sheehan
IntelliTools, Inc.
1720 Corporate Circle
Petaluma, CA 94954
Phone: 707-773-2000
Fax: 707-773-2001
Email: ahhalsa@intellitools.com
Email: ksheehan@intellitools.com

Customized authoring presents some of the biggest challenges in educational technology. Students have unique needs. They require individualized solutions. Developers create flexible software and hardware systems. Practitioners use these systems to develop customized and accessible activities for students. That development process can be very satisfying. It can also be very frustrating. This session is designed to address the challenge with new technology.

This hands-on session will give intermediate and advanced users an opportunity to use the newest authoring tools in the IntelliTools Classroom Suite. This software is the combination of IntelliPics Studio 3, IntelliTalk 3, and IntelliMathics 3. The Classroom Suite features two distinct authoring modes. One is for beginners and people who need quick and highly scripted instant creations. The second is for the intermediate and advanced user who wants all of the power at their fingertips. This hands-on workshop addresses the needs of that second group.

The Classroom Suite redefines the use of customizable toolbars. For years, working with toolbars has been a challenge point for many people. A variety of leading software programs use this technology in various ways. Now, IntelliTools introduces a WYSIWYG interface. The user creates, edits, and lays out toolbars on screen. They design and format individual buttons right in their toolbar. They then drag and drop your buttons and toolbars where you wish. All of this is intended to offer much greater ease and flexibility than ever before. In this hands-on session, participants will learn how to use this breakthrough approach.

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