Explore the use of technology in education through Ititser!

The Ititser is an online journal about the efficient use of technology in education and learning.

The author and webmaster of this website is yours truly, Greten Vicke S. Estella. I have more than five years professional experience as instructional designer both in K-12 education setting and in professonal training.

In its earlier years, Ititser focused on the use of free and open source software (FOSS) programs. The upcoming changes in 2019 will focus on programs that are often used in industry as well as on learning theories. You will notice that I already changed the categories significantly. In the next few months, I will expand the posts to include other programs regardless of their copyright status.

What's new in Ititser?

What is a virtual classroom?

A virtual classroom is an online environment that allows teachers to facilitate teaching and learning, and students to interact with the teacher and with one another.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 20 Sep 2020 under Terms

What is an EPUB book format and what are its features?

EPUB is an ebook format that allows reader to flip the pages sideways, like a real book, and change the page size and reposition the content based on the size of the viewing screen.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 12 Sep 2020 under Terms

A collection of books, like shelves in a library, seen within the screen of a tablet computer.

On Wuhan virus and education: let us make the best use of what we have

The pandemic is a time of difficulties. Some of the benefits and learning that happen in traditional school setting are not readily available in online learning or homeschooling. However, education must go on, and we have to work best with the tools available to us as teachers and as students.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 11 Sep 2020 under Thoughts

Earth with inteconnected bright nodes and a graduation cap surrounded by coronaviruses.

How to do basic audio editing in Captivate?

Adobe Captivate has audio editing functions for audio files within the Captivate file’s library: insert silence; cut, copy, paste, or delete an audio segment; and adjust the volume of an audio segment or the entire audio file.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 29 Aug 2020 under Tools

Captivate edit audio topic icon: a speaker emitting wave with CP inside.

Formatting cell data in spreadsheet part V: fractions

You can format numbers in Calc, Sheets, and Excel as a fraction but it’s usually not the default. In most cases, you need to enter a decimal number, and then format it as a fraction using a Format code made of hashes and a slash.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 22 Aug 2020 under Tools

a sliced cake representing fraction

Formatting cell data in spreadsheet part IV: percentage

Calc, Sheets, and Excel accepts a percentage value as numerical cell data. They are displayed as percentages in both the cell and the Formula bar, and mathematically processed like a decimal number where 100% is equal to one.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 19 Aug 2020 under Tools

Large green icon with percent sign

Should we resort to academic freeze during the pandemic?

No to academic freeze. Our society cannot afford a halt in education. Teachers and students can change the way education works using technology. There is inequality in online education but even without the pandemic, there’s always inequality in education.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 07 Aug 2020 under Thoughts

Snow flake with a book and a graduation cap inside.

Prevent the spread of coronaviruses through printed self-learning modules

During these times of COVID-19 pandemic, schools are avoiding traditional classrooms in favor of distance education to prevent the spread of coronaviruses. For areas without electricity or internet access, distance education means printed self-learning modules to be delivered to their homes. To prevent these modules from becoming conduits of virus transmission, disinfect them.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 20 Jul 2020 under Tips

A brown spherical coronavirus with several orange funnel-like structures evenly distributed on its surface,

Point-and-click interaction in Captivate using shapes

In Adobe Captivate, a checkbox allows you to transform a shape into a button. This shape can function in exactly the same manner as buttons and click boxes, while you can still customize its appearance like any other shape.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 09 Jul 2020 under Tools

A circular button with Captivate CP logo on it. A mouse pointer hovers near but outside the circle on the upper right.

Point-and-click interaction in Captivate using click boxes

Click boxes provide a button-like interaction between the learners and the learning module without it being visible. You can overlay it on top of a static image to make it appear that the learner is clicking a part of that image.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 21 Jun 2020 under Tools

Logo of Adobe Captivate on gradient green background, with a white hand/glove similar to mouse pointer superimposed on it.

Instructional design and educational technology for effective learning