Spice up Powerpoints with Mouse Mischief
Jul18

Spice up Powerpoints with Mouse Mischief

Mouse Mischief is a free plug in for PowerPoint 2007/2010 which lets you create quizzes and polls which the class can interact with via wireless mice. Once installed, a new toolbar appears which lets you add different types of question to your PowerPoint presentation. Students can interact with these via wireless mice. You can buy wireless mice quite cheaply (£10 or less) and get a powered USB hub for about £15. You can even chain...

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Essential Digital Resources for your IWB (2011)
Mar21

Essential Digital Resources for your IWB (2011)

Here’s an online version of the Essential Digital Resources presentation that I gave at last week’s Teacher2Teacher conference in Canada. This is a longer version of the presentation I gave at TeachMeet Takeover in January. All the links in the presentation can be found at : http://delicious.com/dannynic/essentialmedia Essential digital resources (2011 version) View more presentations from Danny Nicholson Delegates who...

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Capzles – digital storytelling and presentation tool
Feb21

Capzles – digital storytelling and presentation tool

Capzles is an interesting digital storytelling tool that allows users to tell a story using pictures, video clips, audio tracks and text. Users are given the ability to place this media, called “moments”, together chronologically in a timeline. Creating a “Capzle” is easy via the website. You can upload photographs and videos or blog directly onto the site. You have a lot of control over the background colors and themes to...

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8 Great Online Presentation Tools
Feb07

8 Great Online Presentation Tools

Here are 8 alternatives to giving a presentation with PowerPoint. As well as standard presentations, some of these tools create slideshows from sets of images. They are all free, or at least have a free option. Prezi Prezi lets you create very engaging presentations that pan and zoom from page to page. You can create non-linear presentations quite easily. Prezi lets you embed images and video too. You can view the presentations that...

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TeachMeet Takeover Talk pt1
Jan14

TeachMeet Takeover Talk pt1

Thanks to Kevin Mulryne for filming the first part of my TeachMeet Takeover talk at BETT 2011 yesterday. The theme of the talk was – Essential Digital Media for your Interactive Whiteboard. The full list of links I mentioned (and a few that were left out because of time) can be found here: http://www.delicious.com/dannynic/essentialmedia The whole presentation was filmed by Sarah at Iris Connect (thanks again for the use of your...

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Screencasting with IWB Software
Dec06

Screencasting with IWB Software

If you have a Smartboard or a Promethean board then you already have the software to allow you to make screencasts. A screencast is a way of capturing everything that you do on a computer screen with audio narration, and save it as a movie file to share later. By using this technique you could run through a presentation and capture it with your own voice over the top. It could allow teachers to record parts of a lesson, or to create...

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Essential Digital Resources for your IWB
Apr06

Essential Digital Resources for your IWB

One of the talks I gave at the Teacher2Teacher conference was on finding useful digital content to use on your Interactive Whiteboard. There’s more to the Internet than YouTube and Google Image search! Although this presentation was delivered mainly to Smartboard users, and the original presentation produced in Smart Notebook format, the information is very useful to any IWB users. Or even teachers who have a projector and no...

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Prezi announce Educational License
Jan25

Prezi announce Educational License

Thanks in part to an Open Letter to Prezi by UK teacher Mark Clarkson, the fantastic online presentation tool, Prezi, has announced a free educational license for teachers and students. Students and teachers can now create private prezis for free. Upon verification of student/teacher identity, Prezi EDUEnjoy is free and Prezi EDUPro comes with a special educational discount. And also they’ve simplified the Prezi editor so that...

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Get infected with the “I Can” virus
Jan14

Get infected with the “I Can” virus

This video was shown at last night’s TEDxOrenda event at BETT last night. I thought it was pretty inspirational. Kiran Bir Sethi shows how her groundbreaking Riverside School in India teaches kids life’s most valuable lesson: “I can.” Watch her students take local issues into their own hands, lead other young people, even educate their parents. And if they can do it… you can do it!...

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What is a digital native?
Jan07

What is a digital native?

Thanks to Sidney Eve on Twitter for posting this link to an interesting presentation about Digital Natives. As well as making some interesting points about digital natives, it also shows how presentations can benefit from losing all the bullet points and combining small amounts of text with punchy images. Digital Natives...

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Dodging Bullets in Presentations
Dec07

Dodging Bullets in Presentations

Just wanted to share a great little presentation that was mentioned on Twitter the other day. I didn’t write this, but I do think it’s great! I may not be totally here yet, but a lot of my newer presentations are trying to have fewer words and many more pictures. Try and do the same with your IWB materials as well. A really good image can make such a difference. Dodging Bullets in Presentations View more presentations from...

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Did You Know 4.0?
Sep15

Did You Know 4.0?

The new version of the Shift Happens / Did You Know video has been released on YouTube. This one focusses on the changing media landscape. Some interesting information here. Thanks to Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod for this latest version. I think the shift to pocket devices is the most interesting. I use my Nokia N95 a lot to check my email, but I only use it on a few websites. Mainly to check football scores, twitter and facebook....

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