A 3-Part Tech Cocktail For Trouble-Free Training

Written by Trina Rimmer | Jan 10, 2011 6:19:53 PM

Have you ever wished for a way to navigate a Website, live inside your training presentation, without having to leave PowerPoint and open up a Web browser?  Have you ever struggled to give your trainees a clear, detailed rendering of a large diagram or a form in PowerPoint -- only to resort to cropping the image and spreading it across multiple slides?  How many times have you shown up to lead a training workshop only to discover that you left your thumbdrive at home and don't have the supporting files or exhibits you need?

Online training is great, but not every topic can or should get trained solely through online means. For those times when we're delivering training to a live audience no one wants to look disorganized, clicking back and forth between windows -- or to have to tell their trainees to squint (or use their imaginations) to see examples. A glaring lack of preparedness is the stuff of every classroom trainer's worst nightmare.  But the good news is I've discovered three cool tech tools that, when combined, streamline your training presentation, enhance your trainee's learning experience, and save you from the hassles and risks associated with moving files to and from training sites on CDs or thumbdrives.

Here are the ingredients for the tech cocktail:

1. Combine LiveWeb with PowerPoint.

LiveWeb is a PowerPoint add-in that allows you to painlessly insert web pages into a PowerPoint slide and refresh those pages real-time during your slide show. To make the next two ingredients really work for you, install this tool FIRST.

2. Stir Your Audience with Zoom.it.

Zoom.it is software developed by Microsoft. It's a free service for viewing and sharing high-resolution images online. Simply paste a URL to an image file in the "Create" box and then click the Create button. In a few moments, Zoom.it converts your static image to a format that lets you easily explore the whole image with zoom and pan capabilities - no matter how large the image is.

3. Add a Dash of Preparedness with DropBox.

I could write a paragraph or two on how awesome DropBox is, but I think this little video does a great job of explaining it in terms anyone can understand.

And now for the pièce de résistance -  a quick demo showing how to combine all of this great tech to support an awesome classroom training.

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Trina Rimmer is a learning and communications consultant with twelve years experience designing, developing, and delivering smart, engaging training. When her skills aren't being tested by her children, you'll find her helping others to develop their own training design muscles.