Establishing an exhaustive list of tools to conduct training.is almost impossible because there are so many of them. Today, we would like to share with you our selection of the training tools that will be indispensable in 2021, those that should not be missing from the toolbox of all trainers.
If you’re about to design a course from scratch, you’re probably so full of ideas that you don’t know where to start.
Mind mapping is the best way to structure your thinking, and to organize the content that will be part of your session. Good old felt on paper is still a valid alternative. But if you prefer the convenience of a digital mind map, Mindmup is undoubtedly an excellent resource. Available in free or gold version, but the free version is more than enough: up to 100 Kb of maps, saved for 6 months.
The worst thing that can happen after spending hours developing a training session is to lose all our work because of a bad backup. Google Drive avoids this by always automatically saving our work in progress. Another advantage: Doc, Sheet and Slide (the equivalents of Word, Excel and PowerPoint) are designed to facilitate collaboration.
This is very handy if you are working with several people on the same content. Result ? Your documents are accessible by anyone at any time, from the computer, the tablet and even the smartphone. It’s free up to 15 GB, then there are 3 packages available depending on the desired storage space.
A great classic: if a spelling mistake creeps into our presentation, we notice it in the middle of our training, at the same time as our learners. To reduce stress, the Antidote software, with its dictionaries and language guides, offers grammar, spelling and typography corrections in French and even in English. Paying (3 formulas available), but it can be worth the investment, because it installs with your email software and corrects emails before sending, signals if you have forgotten an attachment… Practical, isn’t it?
Visuals have several powers: they give impact to key concepts, they summarize concepts in the form of computer graphics, and they keep your audience’s attention throughout the session. But what if you don’t have any graphic design talent? Canva is the solution ! Easy and available in a free version, this tool allows you to create images from scratch, or from ready-made templates.
If you are looking for photos to complete your visual, free image banks like Unsplash and Pixabay offer thousands of royalty-free photos that can be downloaded in several formats. Just upload them to Canva, and drag and drop them into your visual.
As we said at the very beginning of our article, citing all the tools to create trainings is impossible. On the other hand, it is possible to do away with a multitude of tools by using a platform specially designed to simplify the creation of training courses.
Accessible from computer, tablet and smartphone, Widactic has a single mission: to simplify the preparation and presentation of a session. This, whether it’s a training session or a company meeting. The focus is on gamification and interaction with and between participants.
Indeed, the tool allows you to create slides (with text, images…), and to dynamize the whole with a wide range of functionalities, to make your presentations fun and interactive. Quizzes, word clouds, surveys… and much more! Since your data is valuable, it is all encrypted and stored on secure servers. In addition, regular backups take place every day.
Free (or open source) software
Unlike “proprietary” software (of which Windows and Mac OS are only the best known examples), free software does not jealously guard its code. On the contrary: they make it available so that it can be modified and improved, free of charge, so that all users can benefit from it. Needless to say, this philosophy of sharing for the benefit of the community falls in line with Widactic’s values.
Here are our favorite sources of free software:
• SILL : or interdepartmental open source software base. It is a catalog that lists open source software used by the public administration. It is published by Etalab, a department of DINUM (Interministerial Digital Direction). DINUM’s purpose is to facilitate the circulation and exchange of data between administrations.
• Framalibre : “Changing the world, one byte at a time” is the slogan of the Framasoft association. Since 2001, the Framalibre “free software directory” has brought together hundreds of free software and cultural content, all rigorously tested before being classified.
For example, SILL and Framalibre classify PeerTube. It is an alternative to video distribution services such as YouTube and Vimeo, based on the peer-to-peer principle. When you watch a video, your computer participates in its distribution. This optimizes the network, and lightens the load on the websites that host the videos. And yes: it is possible to transmit differently!
Do you have questions about one or more of these tools? Would you like to have a demo of Widactic? Contact us!