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CreditSmart A Guide to Help You Understand, Promote, and Deliver the CreditSmart Curriculum

Using the CD to Present Your Workshop

Conducting a CreditSmart workshop has never been easier because we have provided you with everything you need to make your workshop fulfilling for your participants. Not only can you find the speaker notes (in the Instructor Guide) to conduct your workshop, there’s an interactive workshop presentation CD to go along with it. The workshop presentation that is on the CD contains the presentation slides for all 12 modules and offers easy navigation and flexibility.

Load the CD

The CD is designed to operate on any computer with a CD-ROM drive and Windows 95 or higher operating system. Its display size of 800 x 600 should be compliant with most video projection systems and will automatically load onto your screen once it is inserted into the CD-ROM drive. You are also able to use a PowerPoint remote so you have the flexibility to walk around the room as you teach CreditSmart. When you are finished using the CD, simply hit your Esc button or select Quit from the menu.

The interface of the CD is easy to use. Once you place the CD into the CD-ROM drive, the main page will provide you with two buttons: Settings and Start. When you select the Settings button, you will see several options. You can either start the application, select a module you want to begin teaching, print an entire module, print a specific slide, or customize the presentation under Preferences.

When you select Start, you will proceed to the Table of Contents. To proceed to the next slide, either click on the Next button on the screen using your mouse or the right arrow key. If you are using a PowerPoint remote, simply operate the remote as if you were moving to the next slide when you use PowerPoint.

If your CD does not automatically begin running on your computer, double click on the My Computer icon on the Windows Desktop. Double click on the icon for the CD-ROM drive and then double click the start.exe icon. Then, your application should appear on your screen.

Adjust the Presentation Display

The application is designed for playback at a screen resolution of 800 x 600. It should also adjust to fit your screen by adding a black border as necessary to fill any background gaps.

If the application window is too small, or the colors are not displaying properly, the Display Settings can be changed from the Windows Desktop.

To Change the Display Settings on the Windows Desktop:

  • To open the Display Control Panel item, click the Start Button, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click the Display icon.
  • On the Settings tab, under Screen area, drag the slide to 800 x 600 and then click Apply.
  • In the Color Palette list, click on the drop down button to select the "True Color" or "Highest" setting, and then click Apply.
  • Click OK to save the settings. Restart the CD.

Print Modules as Necessary

You have the option of printing an entire module or printing a specific slide. Under Print Modules in the Menu, simply select the modules you wish to print by checking the appropriate box. By default, the slides and glossary terms for each module will print one per page. If you select "3 Slides to a Page," three reduced size slides will print to a page. Each module is printed separately to ensure compatibility with all types of printers. If you only want to print a specific slide, project the slide on your screen and select "Print Current Slide" from the menu.

Access the Glossary Terms

Throughout the presentation slides, you will see glossary terms highlighted in red. If you click on any term in red, you will proceed to a definition slide. To move back to the original slide, click on the Back button using your mouse or your left arrow key. If you are using a PowerPoint remote, simply operate the remote as if you were moving to the previous slide when you use PowerPoint. The glossary terms will also appear on the Key Terms to Remember slide at the end of each module. This will allow you to recap important topics that were discussed.

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