Recently I’ve had a great many students ask me about using PowerPoint for their presentations. While PowerPoint (or something similar) is okay in a pinch, why not explore something new and a tad more interesting? Here are just a few things (I have loads more) you might want to look into.
Use Stupeflix to mix photos, video and music into your own creative video.
Prezi is an excellent alternative to a boring Powerpoint.
Want a really fun way to gather some information and opinions? Check out aMap.
One last tip that I know many of you already know about…
When you want to perform a search you don’t have to go to Google or Yahoo (or whatever search engine you have set as a default). Simple type your search query into the address bar of your browser. It works with all browsers and saves you a step or two.
On the heals of last weeksTED talk by Mike Rowe, I highly recommend taking a look at Seth Godin’s newly created manifesto about school and education. Feel free to blog about any of his ideas. I’ve send this out to teachers but I think my students may have more to say about the ideas presented.
A blogger/educator that I follow is Richard Byrne. He has great tips about everything, but I think his 11 Things You Should Know About Blogging post is highly relevant to all of my students. You are all bloggers now, and while in the future I’ll share this at the beginning of the year, it’s never too late to refresh, remind and renew one’s commitment to their blog. Oh, and the “niche” that he refers to…remember “your sentence”?
Remember Sarah Kay’s wonderful TED talk? Yeah, she was amazing! Well, now one of her poems has been bound in a beautiful book with illustrations. It’s pretty inexpensive and would be a great Christmas gift! Even if you don’t buy the book, go to Amazon and check out her interview.
See that cute little print button that’s now at the bottom of each post ↓. That’s a cool little print and/or e-mail feature. Try it. Go ahead and click it. I dare you. Okay…silly, but might come in handy. I’ve enabled it sitewide so that if you want the feature on your blog you can have it too.