3 Tips for Professional Looking PowerPoint Slides PowerPoint slides have long been an essential component of most business meetings and professional presentations, and for almost as long as people have been using PowerPoint for these functions, they have been searching for fresh ways to make their slides more engaging and eye catching. In an effort to spice up their presentations, however, many business people fall victim to the over-cluttered slide…or the chaotic image collage slide, or worst of all, one of those slides that has so much going on that no one quite knows where to focus their attention. Well fear not, we can help you avoid the pitfalls of PowerPoint “over design” with these three simple PowerPoint tips for more professional slides. Below I have outlined each PowerPoint tip, with before and after examples, and then at the end of this post I have included a brief video tutorial to show you how to put these tips into action on your own slides. PowerPoint Tip #1: Using borders to give uniformity to images
Your brain on weed - CNN Video Your brain on weed Source: CNN Added on 7:02 PM ET, Mon March 10, 2014 Your brain on weed Replay More Videos ... Short Story Ideas and Creative Writing Prompts Here are lots of short story ideas that you can use as writing prompts. Use these story starters on their own or to get ideas for the CWN online writing courses. You'll also find links to more creative writing prompts at the bottom of the page. Any of these ideas can be used either humorously or dramatically... or you can try both. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: An Excellent Google Drive Tool for Creating Interactive Presentations April 28, 2015 Pear Deck is a nice app that allows you to plan and build interactive presentation decks directly from your Google Drive. One distinctive feature of Pear Deck is that it includes some amazing formative assessment tools that allows you to engage the entire class with a series of questions on the content of the presentation. When you present through Pear Deck you are actually creating a live session that students can join from their own devices. As a teacher, you have full control of the flow of the presentation and using your tablet you can even easily move in the class while going through the slides in your projector screen.Pear Deck has a variety of unique interactive features (e.g. draggable, drawing, text or number, multiple choice…etc) that enable students to actively participate in your presentation and respond to your questions. Students responses can be shared in realtime and anonymously on classroom projector or interactive whiteboard.
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#IWishMyTeacherKnew shares students' heartbreak, hopes Many of the students she teaches at Doull Elementary just wish they had something in common with her, that she knew soccer or video games. But sometimes, their wishes bring tears to her eyes, and offer a glimpse of painful struggles in their young lives. There's a student who misses her father: "I haven't seen him in six years." Another who wants to tell her she's lonely: "I don't have friend to play with me." Still another who wants to explain why her reading log goes unsigned: "My mom is not around a lot." Writepop - Science fiction stories, humor, and writing about writing A thousand lifetimes in space – Living on a generation ship 1,000 human beings are selected to board a spaceship headed for the stars. The trip is so long that they will die in space, but their descendants will reach a new planet. To save room on the generation ship, the original population of the ship is all women, with children to be produced by artificial insemination.
Comic Creator The Comic Creator invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts (prewriting, pre- and postreading activities, response to literature, and so on). The organizers focus on the key elements of comic strips by allowing students to choose backgrounds, characters, and props, as well as to compose related dialogue (shown at left). This versatile tool can be used by students from kindergarten through high school, for purposes ranging from learning to write dialogue to an in-depth study of a formerly neglected genre.
Fractured Fairy Tales Whether it's The Princess and the Rutabaga or Big Blue Riding Hood, invite your students to turn familiar fairy tales upside down and inside out—and to have fun. This interactive tool gives students a choice of three fairy tales to read. They are then guided to choose a variety of changes, which they use to compose a fractured fairy tale to print off and illustrate. Useful for teaching point of view, setting, plot, as well as fairy tale conventions such as they lived happily ever after, this tool encourages students to use their imaginations and the writing process at the same time. Grades 2 – 4 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson A Recipe for Writing: Fairy Tale Feasts