App-vent Day 14 : Create presentations with VideoScribe
Dec14

App-vent Day 14 : Create presentations with VideoScribe

Videoscribe is an great IOS app that lets you or your students create presentations that look as though they are being hand-drawn right in front of you. It’s pretty simple to use – just click on the page and add text and clip art. Choose from different fonts and colours. You can even record your own voice, or choose a background track from a bank of royalty-free music. When you publish, the app creates a high-quality...

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Use your iPad as an Interactive Whiteboard with Doceri
May14

Use your iPad as an Interactive Whiteboard with Doceri

Doceri is a free screencasting app for the iPad that when coupled to a large screen lets you use your iPad like an interactive whiteboard. Doceri lets you create presentations, add handwritten annotations, insert images from the camera roll and record screencast videos you can easily save or share. There are several ways to connect Doceri to a large screen, if you already have an Apple TV in the classroom then you can connect your...

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10 Online Alternatives to PowerPoint for Creating Great Presentations
Feb26

10 Online Alternatives to PowerPoint for Creating Great Presentations

In many schools, Microsoft PowerPoint is still the go-to software when creating presentations. But it does have its limitations, and there’s also the problem of “death by PowerPoint”. Sometimes it’s good to try alternative tools that allow for a slightly different approach. PowerPoint Alternatives There are lots of online alternatives which let you create great looking presentations on any device. Storing them...

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Create Engaging Presentations with Moovly
Nov19

Create Engaging Presentations with Moovly

Moovly is a free online tool that lets you create interesting presentations and animations. You can incorporate both the hand-drawn style of apps such as VideoScribe and the hand-moved objects style that you’ll have seen in videos such as CommonCraft. Moovly lets you add voice, sound and music and synchronize everything using the simple timeline interface. Animations such as “hand drawn”, “drag on” and...

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Create Interactive Video Presentations with the Touchcast iPad app
Nov15

Create Interactive Video Presentations with the Touchcast iPad app

Touchcast is a new app for the iPad that lets you create interactive video presentations to share online. The app lets users record a short video and then overlay widget-like elements (called vApps) on top. These vApps can hold live web pages, maps, live Twitter streams and more. Anyone watching the video via the TouchCast app (or website) can click on these multimedia elements and interact with them while the video continues to play....

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5 Free Online Alternatives to PowerPoint
Jun25

5 Free Online Alternatives to PowerPoint

While PowerPoint is still the go-to software for many people when creating presentations, it does have its limitations, especially when it comes to editing a PowerPoint presentation on an iPad or collaborating with others. While some of these issues are addressed with Office 365, you do have to pay for the privilege. There are lots of online alternatives which let you create great looking presentations on any device. Storing them in...

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Be a News Reporter with the I Can Present iPad App
Apr22

Be a News Reporter with the I Can Present iPad App

Kudlian software have released an iOS version of I Can Present, their popular presentation software. The app allows students to write and edit their own teleprompter script and record video as they read it out. The app is available for all iPads and iPods and will soon be available for Android devices. I Can Present can be used in three different modes including video only, video and script and script only. The split screen mode...

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Videoscribe – A Fast Drawing Presentation Creator for iPads
Nov20

Videoscribe – A Fast Drawing Presentation Creator for iPads

Videoscribe is an IOS app that lets you or your students create presentations that look as though they are being hand-drawn right in front of you. You’ve probably seen this style of animation recently, (like this from Sir Ken Robinson) they’ve become quite popular. Here’s a quick demonstration of the kind of video it produces: I saw this app being used last night by Penny Patterson at TeachMeet Essex, and I loved the...

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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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Teacher 2 Teacher Smart Notebook Files
Mar20

Teacher 2 Teacher Smart Notebook Files

I had an absolute blast at the Teacher2Teacher conference in Bow Island, Alberta this week. It was fantastic to meet so many great educators who up until now I had only contacted via Twitter. There was such a great buzz around the school – it was brilliant. I’ll write more about the conference soon – but for now,  I just want to put this post up quickly because I told the delegates I would. (EDIT – I’ve...

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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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