pptPlex 1. What is pptPlex? 2. How do I install it? 3. Is this the same software Bill Gates demoed at the Microsoft CEO Summit 2008? 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Overview and Installation pptPlex is a research prototype developed by Microsoft Office Labs as an exploration of an alternative method of presenting Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 slides. Top 1) Check that your computer meets the requirements (Windows XP or Vista and Office 2007) 2) Download and install pptPlex 3) Open a presentation in PowerPoint 4) Click the pptPlex tab at the top to see all the buttons needed to use pptPlex. 5) Click the “insert new section” button to add a few sections. 6) Click the “Canvas background” button to select a background for the canvas. 7) Click the “From Overview” button to view your presentation. You may also want to watch the four videos on the pptPlex home page to learn more about how to use pptPlex. pptPlex works with Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007. Authoring pptPlex decks 14. Other topics
Blog on the Go With the Free Posterous Android App Posterous is one of my favorite blogging platforms for classroom use because it is very easy for teachers to create a blog and it is very easy for students to contribute to that blog. (For step by step directions on creating a Posterous blog please read this tutorial on Free Technology for Teachers ). Recently I started using the Posterous Android app on my Samsung Galaxy Tablet and discovered a couple of things that I really like about using the free app. The first thing you’ll notice when you use the Posterous Android app is that it really cleans-up the blogging interface. Creating new posts using the Posterous Android app is a cinch.
MentorMob - Learn What You Want, Teach What You Love ZoomIt Introduction ZoomIt is a screen zoom and annotation tool for technical presentations that include application demonstrations. ZoomIt runs unobtrusively in the tray and activates with customizable hotkeys to zoom in on an area of the screen, move around while zoomed, and draw on the zoomed image. I wrote ZoomIt to fit my specific needs and use it in all my presentations. ZoomIt works on all versions of Windows and you can use pen input for ZoomIt drawing on tablet PCs. Using ZoomIt The first time you run ZoomIt it presents a configuration dialog that describes ZoomIt's behavior, let's you specify alternate hotkeys for zooming and for entering drawing mode without zooming, and customize the drawing pen color and size.
Top 10 Sites for Creating Digital Music Digital Music is music that employs electronic musical instruments and electronicmusic technology in its production (Wikipedia). Ever since I started exploring creating music on the computer w/ Garageband I've come to love how easy it is to implement it into education. Students can use it to create soundtracks to movies, mix their favorite songs, and even record their own voice. Below is my list of top 10 sites for creating/mixing digital music. Top 10 Sites for Creating Digital Music Myna - Far and away my favorite online music editor. Microsoft Tag adds QR and NCF Microsoft has added support for QR codes to Tag, its mobile barcoding service. It has also added the ability to read Near Field Communication (NCF) signals. The official line on the addition, according to a blog post by Aaron Getz, General Manager of Microsoft Tag, is that“based on feedback we’ve heard in the industry, marketers wanted an easy way to use a full suite of recognition technologies all in one place. And with so many formats and readers on the market, there is increasing frustration among consumers over not knowing which reader to use for which code”. Looked at another way, the addition is a tacit admission by Microsoft that its colour coded Tag barcodes aren’t as widely used as the traditional QR (Quick Response) codes, and may never catch up with this market leader. The inability to read QR codes using a Microsoft Tag reader has been the main problem according to Tagusers.
2012 US Forum Level 100: Microsoft Digital Literacy This curriculum, available both online and offline, helps educators develop a fundamental understanding of computers and productivity software. These courses help them get the essential skills they need to begin computing with confidence. The Standard Curriculum features five courses that cover computer basics: Using the Internet, Using Productivity Programs, Security, Privacy and Digital Lifestyles. The Advanced Curriculum features four courses, including Creating an Email Account, Creating a Great Resume, Searching for Content on the Web, and Social Networking. While not specific to the education context, the Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum can be a great place to start when new to computing or to productivity applications. Level 200: Teaching with Technology Optional Microsoft Certified Educator Exam The MCE exam is a valid and reliable global assessment of educator ICT competencies. Level 200: Microsoft Certified Educator
- Top 100 Sites of 2011 0 Comments November 23, 2011 By: David Kapuler Nov 23 Written by: 11/23/2011 3:54 AM ShareThis The time is finally here for my annual list of favorite sites of the year. Conduit Mobile - Without a doubt the coolest, most innovative site I came across this year. David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment. Alert to All Users of the Disqus commenting system: Because of a recent global security issue, the Disqus website recommends that all users change their Disqus passwords.
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