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Best Alternatives to PowerPoint. Let’s face it: PowerPoint isn’t the easiest to learn and use, especially if you’re wanting to elevate your design beyond headers and bullet points. Thankfully there are other tools available today that allow you to easily create presentations — and have them look good, too. Here’s a look: 1. Keynote Keynote is Apple’s version of PowerPoint. Pros: Easy to use; not bloated; works well with video and audio; can export to PowerPoint; iPad and iPhone friendly Cons: Mac only; not as robust and lacks a lot of the bells and whistles PowerPoint offers 2. Canva simplifies the design process. Pros: Sophisticated layouts and design elements; easy to use Cons: Small collection of presentation templates 3.

If you are like me, you have probably been wanting an excuse to switch your presentations to a mobile device since Steve Jobs introduced the world to the iPad back in 2010. Pros: Beautiful templates; inexpensive design options Cons: Limited design; iPad and web only 4. Cons: Mac only 5. eMaze Author Bio. 10 Good Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms Add-ons for Teachers.

This afternoon I was asked if I could put together a list of my favorite Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms Add-ons. In the past I had put together lists of Sheets scripts, but most of those lists are outdated as Add-ons have mostly replaced scripts. Here's my updated list of my favorite Google Docs, Sheets and Forms Add-ons. Google Docs Add-ons: The Tag Cloud Generator Add-on will create a word cloud in the right-hand margin of any of your Google Documents that contain more than one hundred words. One of the most useful Add-ons for Google Documents is the EasyBib Bibliography Creator. Knowing the right keyboard shortcuts to type the accents and characters is one of the challenges that students face when learning and trying to type in a new language. G(Math) is an Add-on for Google Docs that enables you to easily insert graphs and equations into your Google Documents. Google Forms Add-ons:FormLimiter is one of my favorite Forms Add-ons.

My Favorite PowerPoint Shortcuts. This week I was reminded how much I hate traffic. When I found myself rushing to a meeting yesterday morning downtown, you can guess how I felt seeing bumper to bumper gridlock. Luckily, I know a few shortcuts. Shortcuts. They are one of my life’s most beautiful things. Whether it be backroads, organizational hacks, or even PowerPoint tips, they make life so much easier. If you are looking to save a few precious minutes the next time you present, I have gathered a few of my favorite PowerPoint shortcuts. Blank screen // Press B White screen // Press W Go to a slide number // Press number + ENTER End a presentation // Press ESC Set new timings while rehearing // Press T Stop or restart an automatic presentation // Press S View all the slides dialog box // Press CTRL + S View the computer task bar // Press CTRL + T With these shortcuts, I’ve seen 3 benefits: Speed In today’s busy world, time is everyone’s most precious asset.

Coolness Let’s be honest. Have your own hacks to share? Author Bio. The Secret to Activating Your Audience’s Brain. If you are like me, you are always looking for the latest and greatest ways to do things faster, better, and cheaper. Personally, I get a thrill as I hunt for the best piece of hardware, software, or acclaimed process that will “change my life.” In the world of presentations, there is one key ingredient that will radically change them – specifically, how you engage your audience and how they perceive you.

And, it’s a solution you have been hearing for quite some time now, but I want to take it one step further. Tell a story. Why? It’s the most efficient way to activate and ignite your audience’s brain. Let’s look at the illustration below. When you share facts and stats with your audience: 1. 2. Hence, only two parts of your audiences’ brain will ignite when reacting to data. But, what if you tell a story instead? A story doesn’t spark agreement or disagreement but rather participation. Author Bio. Share Your Presentations - Presentation Tools. Home - Presentation Tools. 8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations. A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated.

But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows. You’re doing a presentation, so you start with the facts you want to get across. Wrong! Humans are hardwired for stories. Deliver a presentation that captures the hearts and heads of your audience by stealing one of these classic storytelling techniques. 1. The monomyth (also called the hero’s journey), is a story structure that is found in many folk tales, myths and religious writings from around the world. In a monomyth, the hero is called to leave their home and sets out on a difficult journey. After overcoming a great trial, they return home with a reward or newfound wisdom – something which will help their community.

Good for: See also: The Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Microsoft in Education: Adding Value to Experiences both Inside and Outside of the Classroom. 7 Creative Student Design Projects to Try with Canva. There’s plenty of compelling evidence supporting the notion that visual-based learning is tied to better retention and recollection of new information as well as measurable success for students in the classroom. A study by 3M Corporation yielded astounding results indicating that 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60,000 times faster in the brain than text. It’s no surprise then that traditional pedagogical approaches — once epitomized by lecture-style, teacher-centric formats — are slipping into obscurity and quickly replaced by a new philosophy around education. Forget brute force delivery and ingestion. They’re no longer the mechanisms by which students acquire knowledge. In the last ten years, the dry and uninspired (read: boring) has transformed itself into unleashed creativity.

We’ve also seen an emergence of education technology, a relatively young field which is enabling a new wave of learning. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8 Simple Tools for Creating Engaging Infographics. Via eSchool News Information graphics, also known as infographics, provide a way to express complex data, ideas, or other information graphically. Human beings are visual and adept at identifying patterns and trends quickly. Therefore, infographics often aid our understanding of otherwise dense, multifaceted, or complicated material. Anyone can use infographics to further their understanding of a topic, and you can also create your own for use in teaching or presentations. Here are some infographics generators to consider the next time you need to teach a difficult concept or illustrate intricate information. Infogr.am is extremely quick and easy to use, making it almost impossible to make an unattractive product.

Easel.ly is very versatile, and the user has a great deal of autonomy. PiktoChart is my new favorite infographics generator. Canva allows users to design infographics as well as a plethora of other print and digital content. CreatlyVisual.lyInfoActiveManyEyes.