Added customising for comic-strip learning at BETT '07

December 02, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
MyKnowledgeMap (MKM) - - is introducing a new version of its interactive comic-strip software, Storywriter Toolkit on Stand Y26 at the BETT Education Technology Show (10th -13th January 2007, at Olympia, London). The world's leading educational ICT event, BETT attracts over 600 educational suppliers and 28,000 visitors from the teaching and learning community.

An accredited supplier and vendor for Curriculum Online, York-based MKM is a specialist in the development of bespoke and standard cross-curricular learning environments and platforms. The company's products range from tools to build users' own e-learning, through to custom content to suit specific lessons or projects.

Newly-approved by BECTA, the Government agency supporting all four UK education departments in their strategic ICT developments, Storywriter Toolkit is an easy-to-use program to create comic-strip stories with multiple outcomes, and decision points requiring student engagement.

A component in MKM's Custom Learning Studio suite, Storywriter Toolkit now enables course developers to import their own digital photographs - so activities can be even better tailored to students' learning needs.

Storywriter Toolkit custom comic-strip interactions can be created from a range of templates, which map out possible routes through a story and show the decision points encountered on the way. Drag-and-drop content enables the fast change of interactions and outcomes for up-to-the-minute learning that’s perfectly suited to particular client or learner groups.

Storywriter activities conform to e-learning standards and can be published in VLE, CD-ROM, internet, intranet, or network share formats.

Custom Learning Studio is a collection of user-friendly programs for the creation of interactions that can be built into complete, flexible courses without requiring specialist technical expertise.

Compendle Educational is an easy to use tool at the heart of the system that enables the creation, customisation and publishing of e-learning courses without technical know-how. A complete course-planning system, Compendle can handle a range of SCORM 1.2 and IMS standards and covers every aspect of course design, from content 'brainstorming', through course structuring and planning learning outcomes, to publishing courses on VLEs, online, or CD.

With a clean and accessible interface, it enables teachers, trainers and human resources managers to import any computer-based resource - whether from CD-ROM, word-processed handouts, weblinks or topics in a pre-packaged VLE-based course - and organise it into the course that they want to teach.

Hotspot Toolkit is a program that allows educators and trainers to create fun, engaging images and 3D environments with ‘hot-spots’ that learners can click to reveal answers or further information. At the end of the activity, learners can print out a report to take away, showing what they’ve discovered.

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About MyKnowledgeMap
Founded in 2000, MyKnowledgeMap (often known as MKM) is a dynamic company delivering web-based knowledge systems designed by individuals, for the individual.
Operating in the corporate, public and education sectors, MKM’s range of products and services includes:
• Academies: MKM is the UK's leading supplier of infrastructure systems for national skill academies, including those in the UK for food & drink manufacturing, sport & active leisure, care, and retail. MKM’s e-academy infrastructure helps learners and people with a stake in a particular skill to progress from entry to degree level. Working with the UK's national Sector Skills Councils (MKM’s clients include Skillsmart Retail, Improve and SkillsActive), MKM has pioneered online academies that can help people with everything from day-to-day productivity to discovering and achieving relevant qualifications. MKM also offers e-academies tailored to the needs of organisations in the private and local government sectors.
• Skills diagnostics: MKM’s Skills Diagnostic suite allows clients to build their own system of skills diagnosis and training regimens. Its sophisticated software tools are designed to meet clients’ specific needs, and to facilitate, not impose, the required solutions.
• Learning: MKM’s e-learning solutions, including e-learning content, delivery systems and teaching aids, are used by a worldwide and growing range of organisations from Lloyds TSB to the RSPB; from manufacturing to retailing; from the police to local authorities; from the University of York to colleges in Delhi, Bahrain and Nairobi. MKM produces inventive and versatile applications that are can be shaped and contextualised by their users to meet the rapidly-changing needs of contemporary work and training, either for use within an e-Academy environment or as stand-alone products.

Further Information from:
Rob Arntsen / Tom Holland/ Dawn Ritchie, MyKnowledgeMap 00 44 (0) 1904 659465
Peter Muir / Bob Little, Bob Little Press & PR 00 44 (0) 1727 860405