I had the opportunity to preview the Applied Smart Board Course
from Blossom Learning. I found it very easy to use. Simply log in with the email that was used to purchase the course and click "Launch." There are 8 chapters. Each chapter has a 5-10 minute video (I never timed them) and a 10 question chapter assessment. If you don't get 80% on the assessment you'll have to do the assessment again. It would be nice if there was a link from the wrong answer to a clip of the video with the information. They do, however, have a box that tells the information.
What's nice about the chapters is that all of the information and techniques of using the Notebook software are embedded in the context of lessons. In other words, you'll learn to use the board and software to create lessons and teach kids. That's why they call it the Applied Smart Board Course; you'll apply the informations in lessons.
is designed for the beginner. It starts with the basics and gets into creating interactive lessons at the end. There is also a chapter that includes the video recorder and video player (PC only). There was not much for advanced users. But that's not what it was designed for.
If I had to provide training for a group of teachers who had just gotten boards, I would definitely use this course. The tech coordinator would assign the courses to the teacher email addresses. From within the site, the coordinator can track progress of the participants from one easy screen. You'll see the percent of the course completed for each participant. Then I would be there to provide follow up and answer questions.
The price is right for individual users. At only $70
, it's reasonable enough for someone to purchase it for their self. Bulk pricing is lower, but I don't know any more about that.
I have 20 free courses from Blossom learning to distribute through this site. Like I described above, it is valuable for new users. So...the first 20 new users whose profiles show that they are new users OR tech directors, ICT coaches, etc who would like to preview the course as a way of determining whether they would like to purchase them that contact me at mgranger114 on twitter or through a message to me from the ning can have the courses. Thanks, Mrs. Blossom.