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A Handy Google Drive Tool to Create Animated Presentations and Engaging Educational Videos February 19, 2015 In a post we published a few months ago, we talked about WeVideo and how teachers use it to create videos and short animations in Google Drive. Today, we are introducing you to PowToon Edu, another equally powerful tool to use to create engaging videos and animated presentations. Pontoon Edu allows you to animate difficult topics and engage your students using a wide variety of tools.

A Collection of The Best Web Tools and Apps for Creating Educational Screencasts August 9, 2015 A screencast, also known as video screen capture, is a great way for teachers to create and share instructional videos and explanatory step by step tutorials with students. regardless of the purposes for which you are creating a screencast, the quality of your video screen captures can sometimes impede the communicative intent of your message. Therefore, knowing what tools to use to create educational screencasts is as important as the content of the screencasts themselves. To this end, we have curated for you this collection of some of the best screen casting tools out there.

Adobe Slate- A Great App for Creating Beautiful Visual Stories with Students August 8, 2015 Adobe Slate is an excellent free iPad app for students to use in digital storytelling.The app allows you to animate and bring to life any type of document and turn it into a beautiful visual story. Adobe Slate offers a wide range of interesting features that make it easy for students to design appealing stories without the need for any design knowledge. Some of the things Adobe Slate offers include: professionally designed lay-outs, beautiful magazine-like themes, multiple fonts and colours, call-to-action buttons and many more. Additionally, Adobe Slate is very simple and easy to use, you simply pick a lay-out, add photos and images, talk or type to add text to them and when you are done, you can share your work with others through social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook or via email or text message. You can also embed your Slate stories in your blog or website using the generated embed code

Five essential listening skills for English learners How can English learners improve their listening comprehension? Raphael Ahmed, a teacher at the British Council in Bangladesh, shares some useful strategies. Why listening is important It should not be difficult to realise the importance of listening when we consider that it occupies about 45 per cent of the time adults spend in communication.

A Very Useful Tool to Create Educational Animated Videos on Google Drive December 21, 2014 PowToon is a very powerful web app which you can use on Google Drive to create beautiful animated videos and presentations. PowToon provides you with all the necessary animation tools you’ll need to immediately begin creating your own professional-looking animated explainer videos and animated presentations. It has an easy to use interface with pre-designed templates and a variety of style libraries to choose from. A Wonderful Free Tool for Creating Interactive eBooks for Your Class August 2, 2015Kindle Textbook Creator is a free software application that allows you to easily convert your educational content saved in PDF format into Kindle books.These include textbooks, course notes, study guides and many more. Using Kindle Textbook Creator, you will be able to enhance the readability of your content with features such as audio, video, and image pop-ups. Once your eBook is ready, you can publish it through Kindle direct publishing and make it available for readers on different devices including fire tablets, iPad, Android tables and Mac and PC computers. Kindle Textbook Creator also includes a preview mode that shows authors which interactive features are supported on different devices.

3 Simple Tools to Create Quote Posters for Your Class May 29, 2015 Below are three of our favourite web tools for creating picture quotes. You can use these tools with your students to create beautiful quote posters for your class. These picture quotes can be used as warm-up activities or entry events to project based learning. English listening comprehension strategies Depending on what you’re listening to, making sense of the English language can be a challenging skill to master, particularly when more than one person is speaking. ESL programs often provide language labs for practice, but there’s a wealth of listening material available on the web that can help you get more creative with your English listening exercises. So how can you improve your listening comprehension skills in English and start catching more language? Try these listening strategies and then practice your comprehension skills with daily exercises.

50 Fab Apps for Teachers Less Is More You don’t need a one-to-one classroom (one device for every student) to integrate tablets into instruction. Whether you have one tablet or five, possibilities for teaching with them abound. Single Tablet • Independent reading Load up your tablet with books in a reading app. Allow students to check out the tablet for the day or week for in-class use, just as they would a book from the class library. Have students sign a contract that they’ll handle the tablet properly.

Basic PDF Tips Every Teacher Using Mac Should Know about July 29, 2015 In an earlier post entitled ‘10 Mac Tips Every Teacher Should Know about’ we fleetingly touched on a quick hack on how to annotate your PDFs. We subsequently received few questions from teachers inquiring about PDF tips for Mac users so we decided to feature some of the basic yet overlooked things you can do with your PDFs on Mac. For any of these tips to work, make sure you open your PDF then click on ‘View’ in Mac’s menu bar and select ’Show markup toolbar’. 1 Add signature to PDFs You can easily sign PDFs using the sign feature in the mark-up toolbar.

8 Tips to Power-Up Your Classroom Presentations Last month, I attended a Back to School Night for parents, sitting through presentation after presentation by teachers, some with slides that helped make their presentation a delight to listen to, and others . . . well, that's why I'm writing this blog post. The goal of a classroom presentation is to aid you in effectively conveying information in a way that allows students (or their parents) to remember what you said. Unfortunately, for some, the presentation becomes a crutch, and they begin to rely on the slides to tell their story, rather than to help them tell the story. I've been creating presentations using software like PowerPoint and KeyNote for 20 years, and I've learned a lot about how to most effectively communicate. Here's what I've found.

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