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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

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.

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

Blaine's Movie Maker Blog SyncToy 2.1 Important! Selecting a language below will dynamically change the complete page content to that language. <a id="b7777d05-f9ee-bedd-c9b9-9572b26f11d1" target="_self" class="mscom-link download-button dl" data-bi-cN="download" data-bi-cT="link" data-bi-dlnm="SyncToy 2.1" data-bi-dlid="15155" data-bi-bhvr="41" data-bi-id="downloadlink" data-bi-containerName="Download container" href="confirmation.aspx?id=15155" bi:track="false"> Download </a> SyncToy 2.1 is a free application that synchronizes files and folders between locations. Typical uses include sharing files, such as photos, with other computers and creating backup copies of files and folders. Note: There are multiple files available for this download. Supported Operating System Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP Microsoft .NET Framework v2.0 1GHz Intel P3 processor or equivalent 256MB RAM, 512MB RAM recommended 20MB free disk space

Blaine's Movie Maker Blog: WMM 6.0 on Windows 7 If you are reading this, I'm going to assume you've upgraded or purchased at least one PC with Windows 7 or 8 and discovered Windows Movie Maker is no where to be found. In its place, Microsoft now offers a set of programs called "Windows Essentials". Often these programs are installed on a new PC but otherwise you must download the Movie Maker program to once again have the ability to edit movies. Many people have tried the newer version of Movie Maker 2011 or 2012 and complained about the lack of a traditional timeline, issues with crashing, long times to prepare video files and the inability to customize the transitions, effects and titles. If you have been building up a library of custom titles, transitions and effects under Windows Movie Maker 6.0, none of these can be used in the newest Movie Maker because the rendering architecture has changed and Microsoft has no API for customizing things. Movie Maker 6.0 for Windows 7/8 (64-bit)Movie Maker 6.0 for Windows 7/8 (32-bit)

WWT Excel Add-In Suppose you have spatial data that is time-tagged, so your minimum data set is a location—latitude and longitude—and a date. And suppose your data is in an Excel spreadsheet. By installing the WorldWide Telescope Add-in for Excel, you can highlight and “push” your data into the visualization environment in seconds. Update your data, and the visualization updates automatically. Download the WorldWide Telescope Add-in for Excel Table of Contents Key Features Visualization of location-based point data and geometry data in WKT (Well Known Text) formatDynamic binding of data in Excel to the visualization in WWT - changes to the data reflect immediately in WWT.Support for earth based visualization as well as sky based visualization View the WorldWide Telescope Add-in for Excel Fact Sheet Video System Requirements To run this software, you’ll need the following: NOTE: If you are running Windows 7 or Windows 8 with Office 2007, you will need the following: Download Links Installation Instructions

Be a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert - Apply by October 15th - Microsoft in Education blog Would you like to join a visionary community of educators passionate about improving student outcomes through use of technology? At Microsoft, we believe that technology alone cannot build 21st century skills for students. We believe in the power of the educator, and the impact educators can have when they are brought together and recognized for their achievements. Each year, Microsoft selects innovative educator experts (MIE Experts) to be part of this exclusive global community who are paving the way for their peers to share ideas, try new approaches and learn from each other. Educators such as Julie Hembree -- a library media specialist in Sammamish, Washington -- joined the Expert Educator and found the program helped her connect with educators around the globe and share ideas on how to integrate technology into teaching. Read about how Hebree entices students to read more by making book video trailers to advertise library books she thinks students will enjoy reading.

Announcing Office Sway: reimagine how your ideas come to life Today we’re introducing a brand new app to the Office portfolio. Say hello to Sway! Sway is an entirely different way to express yourself and bring your ideas to life. When your ideas are born, you want to explore, visualize and share them—quickly and easily, wherever you happen to be, and on whatever device you have. You want your ideas to be understood. Office Sway: Reimagine how your ideas come to life. Create and share something new A “Sway” is what we call the canvas you create using Sway, and it’s much more than a document in the traditional sense. Give this embedded Sway a try! Sway can also make your creations interactive, so you can engage your audience with your content—such as photos—in new, more meaningful ways. Easily transform how your photos are presented. One example of a Layout for your photos is a stack, where you can tap or click to see the next photo in the stack. Add your content easily It is easy to collect your content from a variety of sources right within Sway.

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