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Free presentation software and other alternatives to Microsoft PowerPoint

Free presentation software and other alternatives to Microsoft PowerPoint | EdTech Evolution - Mapping the Intersection of tech, innovation, and instruction | Scoop.it
Want to make a splash with your presentations, but don’t want to splash out any money on a program? Forget PowerPoint, we’ve got some totally gratis...

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An array of PPT alternatives for your consideration. 

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Solange Giardino's curator insight, March 21, 2014 4:54 PM

Ótimas alternativas para variar nas apresentações.

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, March 23, 2014 3:22 PM

A new compilation of free software to prepare digital presentations.

Of course... alternatives to Power-point or Keynote.


Have a look, and if you're not into any of them, give them a try!!!

Ingrid B's curator insight, April 2, 2014 8:34 AM

Algunos programas gratuitos para hacer presentaciones, como nuevas y más completas alternativas al ppt.

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10 Ways to Use Thinglink in the Inquiry-based Classroom

10 Ways to Use Thinglink in the Inquiry-based Classroom | EdTech Evolution - Mapping the Intersection of tech, innovation, and instruction | Scoop.it
I follow a lot of tech ed forums (like Larry Ferlazzo, Richard Byrne, and Alice Keeler) as a way of keeping up with tech ed trends and what teachers are using in their classrooms. The last few mont…

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20 YouTube Channels for Social Studies

20 YouTube Channels for Social Studies | EdTech Evolution - Mapping the Intersection of tech, innovation, and instruction | Scoop.it
YouTube is a fantastic resource for schools to teach content and for students to learn content. For pretty much any topic you can thin

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12 Of The Best Vocabulary Apps For Middle & High School Students | Listly List

12 Of The Best Vocabulary Apps For Middle & High School Students | Knowji Vocab 7-10, SAT, GRE, ASVAB Audio Visual Vocabulary Flashcards wit

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How to Record Your Screen and Create Engaging Screencasts.pdf

How to Record Your Screen and Create Engaging Screencasts.pdf | EdTech Evolution - Mapping the Intersection of tech, innovation, and instruction | Scoop.it
With the right tools basic screen recording is relatively easy. If you're just starting out and wondering “How can I record my screen?”, are searching for a screen recorder or are already a screencast pro, this post offers some ideas on how to make your screen capture videos more engaging, and tips to help you produce screencasts with professional quality audio and video.

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The Best App for Your Coursework Isn't a Single App

The Best App for Your Coursework Isn't a Single App | EdTech Evolution - Mapping the Intersection of tech, innovation, and instruction | Scoop.it
Which app is best for coursework depends on the tasks students will perform and the skills you want them to develop.
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Over 100 Digital Tools and Apps To Share For The New School Year!

Over 100 Digital Tools and Apps To Share For The New School Year! | EdTech Evolution - Mapping the Intersection of tech, innovation, and instruction | Scoop.it
We have been bringing together lots of digital tools and apps in this new Google Document . Once this list is filled, we will creat
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5 Ways To Promote Positive iPad “Screen Time” At School 

5 Ways To Promote Positive iPad “Screen Time” At School  | EdTech Evolution - Mapping the Intersection of tech, innovation, and instruction | Scoop.it
With an increased prevalence of 1:1 iPads in classrooms, schools, and districts across North America, teachers are fielding a common parental concern: What about screen time? Aren’t our children on screens enough?
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Who’s Too Young for an App? Musical.ly Tests the Limits

Who’s Too Young for an App? Musical.ly Tests the Limits | EdTech Evolution - Mapping the Intersection of tech, innovation, and instruction | Scoop.it
The video-sharing app Musical.ly seems to be popular with children well under the age of 13, which leads to questions over how to monitor young people on the web.

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This makes one consider the ramifications of CIPA

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7 Tips To Spark Online Discussions - eLearning Industry

7 Tips To Spark Online Discussions - eLearning Industry | EdTech Evolution - Mapping the Intersection of tech, innovation, and instruction | Scoop.it
Wondering how to spark Online Discussions to promote collaboration among learners? Check these 7 tips to Spark Online Discussions in eLearning.
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Tech Talk Roundtable 04-01 | Teaching Computational Thinking Without Computers - 21CL Radio

Tech Talk Roundtable 04-01 | Teaching Computational Thinking Without Computers - 21CL Radio | EdTech Evolution - Mapping the Intersection of tech, innovation, and instruction | Scoop.it
Today we discuss how to teach computational thinking without computers. The resources are out there, and we share some of the best ones! The activities in these resources are more fun than typing away

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Chris Carter's curator insight, September 11, 9:07 PM
Synthetic thinking is the currency of the 21st century. You can quote me on it (please do)!
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6 Tools That Can Help Students Keep Track of Tasks via @rmbyrne 

6 Tools That Can Help Students Keep Track of Tasks via @rmbyrne  | EdTech Evolution - Mapping the Intersection of tech, innovation, and instruction | Scoop.it

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Introduction to Data Visualization

Introduction to Data Visualization | EdTech Evolution - Mapping the Intersection of tech, innovation, and instruction | Scoop.it
Making data visualisations: a survival guide. Let's focus Export. Milestones in the History of Thematic Cartography, Statistical Graphics, and Data. Related

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, August 28, 7:01 PM

Enlightening stuff! Thanks to Elizabeth E. Charles.

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Voice Recognition Software Finally Beats Humans At Typing, Study Finds

Voice Recognition Software Finally Beats Humans At Typing, Study Finds | EdTech Evolution - Mapping the Intersection of tech, innovation, and instruction | Scoop.it

"Computers have already beaten us at chess, Jeopardy and Go, the ancient board game from Asia. And now, in the raging war with machines, human beings have lost yet another battle — over typing.

Turns out voice recognition software has improved to the point where it is significantly faster and more accurate at producing text on a mobile device than we are at typing on its keyboard. That's according to a new study by Stanford University, the University of Washington and Baidu, the Chinese Internet giant. The study ran tests in English and Mandarin Chinese."


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Digital dawn: open online learning is just beginning

Digital dawn: open online learning is just beginning | EdTech Evolution - Mapping the Intersection of tech, innovation, and instruction | Scoop.it

In contrast to traditional higher education, which closes learning off from the world, open learning is transparent and accessible to anyone with internet access. Such openness could do a lot to improve standards at universities whose business models are driven by bums on seats, rather than mastery of a given subject. It might also lift the morale of academia. Academics who are in control of what they teach, and who teach students who seek them out, may regain their professional freedom. Around 7,000 online students recently earned the first certificates awarded by MIT and Harvard through their Edx partnership. That’s more than twice the number of degrees that MIT awarded at this year’s commencement. Another 147,596 observers signed up to marvel at what an MIT course is really like. Substantially greater numbers are expected for the spring course offerings. Their first MIT course, Circuits and Electronics, was tough. University level maths and physics were prerequisites, and the exam would give many nosebleeds.


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The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools

The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools | EdTech Evolution - Mapping the Intersection of tech, innovation, and instruction | Scoop.it
The trends and challenges that shape the landscape of education technology are just as important as the technologies themselves.

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Media Use by Tweens and Teens: Infographic // Common Sense Media

Media Use by Tweens and Teens: Infographic // Common Sense Media | EdTech Evolution - Mapping the Intersection of tech, innovation, and instruction | Scoop.it

For full infographic and more details of the analyses, see: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/the-common-sense-census-media-use-by-tweens-and-teens-infographic#


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5 apps to jump-start augmented reality in the classroom

5 apps to jump-start augmented reality in the classroom | EdTech Evolution - Mapping the Intersection of tech, innovation, and instruction | Scoop.it
Augmented reality has moved from a cool technology to a teaching tool for K-12 classrooms and higher education.

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10 things in tech you need to know today

10 things in tech you need to know today | EdTech Evolution - Mapping the Intersection of tech, innovation, and instruction | Scoop.it
Lyft says car ownership will mostly end by 2025, Fox is suing Netflix, and our iPhone Vs. Samsung camera battle.

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A Chart Featuring Some of The Best Augmented Reality Apps to Use With Students

A Chart Featuring Some of The Best Augmented Reality Apps to Use With Students | EdTech Evolution - Mapping the Intersection of tech, innovation, and instruction | Scoop.it
Augmented reality is making some huge inroads in the field of education. More and more teachers are incorporating this relatively new technology in their classrooms. Augmented reality is also redefining the notion of learning by adding a layer of interactivity, engagement and vividness to students learning experiences. Teachers have been using augmented reality in many varied ways and across different school subjects, this post from Edutopia provides some good examples in this regard. The success of AR in education is attributed to the increasing availability of mobile apps designed specifically to help learners leverage the power of AR in their learning.  Below are some very good AR apps to try out with your students. This is a work in progress and we will be adding more to the list in the future. Enjoy

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The success of AR in education is attributed to the increasing availability of mobile apps designed specifically to help learners leverage the power of AR in their learning. This chart provides some very good AR apps to try out with your students.
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Studying the Classics with a Little Help from Technology

Studying the Classics with a Little Help from Technology | EdTech Evolution - Mapping the Intersection of tech, innovation, and instruction | Scoop.it
Through the use of apps and software, students can develop a new appreciation and understanding of literature.

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Interactive Notebooks: No Special Hardware Required

Interactive Notebooks: No Special Hardware Required | EdTech Evolution - Mapping the Intersection of tech, innovation, and instruction | Scoop.it
Here's an old-school interactive tool: a spiral-bound notebook set up as a simple, functional system for students to create, write, and explore ideas all in the same place.

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4 apps for digital storytelling in the great outdoors

4 apps for digital storytelling in the great outdoors | EdTech Evolution - Mapping the Intersection of tech, innovation, and instruction | Scoop.it
Get students outside making videos to demonstrate their understanding of different subject areas. These four apps make digital storytelling easy and fun.

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Lee Hall's curator insight, September 13, 11:09 AM
Getting students outside is important for their health. Here are 4 ways to do that and combine your curriculum with it. 
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12 Ways To Use Padlet In Your Classroom Tomorrow!

12 Ways To Use Padlet In Your Classroom Tomorrow! | EdTech Evolution - Mapping the Intersection of tech, innovation, and instruction | Scoop.it
Let me introduce you to one of my new go-to tech tools: Padlet. It's free, it's easy-to-use, and it's awesome. Oh, and did I mention... no signup needed? Padlet is essentially a digital poster that can be individually or collaboratively created. Simply visit the website and click "Create" to get started building your "wall" today. Then,…

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Never Too Young To Code

Never Too Young To Code | EdTech Evolution - Mapping the Intersection of tech, innovation, and instruction | Scoop.it
Coding brings young children rich opportunities for language development and the “notion of learning from mistakes,” says Chip Donohue, the dean of distance learning and continuing education at the Erikson Institute in Chicago, a graduate school in child development. “We actually don’t do enough of that with young kids.” The sequencing and patterns involved in programming reinforce skills that have always been taught in the early years, but now also create “habits of mind that are essential for the 21st century,” adds Donohue, also senior fellow at the Fred Rogers Center, which provides resources and information on media use with young children. When children code together, they are also learning from each other.


“In the process of learning to code, people learn many other things. They are not just learning to code, they are coding to learn,” Mitchel Resnick, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, wrote in an EdSurge article. “In addition to learning mathematical and computational ideas (such as variables and conditionals), they are also learning strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas.” Resnick adds that these skills are useful to everyone “regardless of age, background, interests, or occupation.”


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‘Watch-Think-Write’ and Other Proven Strategies for Using Video in the Classroom

‘Watch-Think-Write’ and Other Proven Strategies for Using Video in the Classroom | EdTech Evolution - Mapping the Intersection of tech, innovation, and instruction | Scoop.it
One of the first things I added to my teacher tool kit during my first few years of teaching was video. As a science middle school teacher, I saw using

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