There's more to Google Maps than a place you double-check your directions. Google's data-stuffed site offers a lot of helpful tools for vacationers, spreadsheet nerds, bikers, and others. Today we're digging into Google's data-rich geo-tool and pulling out some helpful lesser-known features.
Update: the Prezi itself, below, was updated in May 2013 with some more tips, examples, FAQs, and also to cover the new Prezi interface.
I've been meaning to do this for ages, so here we go: a complete guide to the presentation software Prezi, from what it is and why to use it right up to advanced techniques for making your presentation absolutely killer.
Works best on full-screen, as ever.
The how to make a great Prezi, Prezi on Prezi
I created this for a workshop next week in the library, so I was going to launch it then - but Prezi themselves have started promoting it via their Facebook presence and on their Explore page. (You should really check out the Explore page, some of the Prezis on there are amazing!) So seeing as it's gone global already, I've brought things forward.
I created a hand-out for the workshop, which features screen-grabs of the nuts-and-bolts instructions on how to use Prezi, plus this basic overview for those completely new to it:
The basic principle of Prezi is to put objects on the canvas and link them together with a ‘path’. Your presentation will then consist of Prezi moving from object to object, zooming in on them in the order you’ve chosen.
Objects can be text boxes, images, youtube videos or graphics. You can write and structure your presentation exactly as you would a PowerPoint, or you can do something completely different.
Just click on the canvas anywhere to start adding stuff.
A typical process of creating a Prezi might consist of these stages:
1. Plan the structure and outline of the presentation 2. Add the text, plus any images / videos etc 3. Move them around and arrange them in a coherent order on the canvas 4. Plot the path between them in the order you want to use 5. Click ‘Show’ and watch the presentation back, then refine it if you need to .
If you found this guide useful, I've written a bunch of others to various things like twitter, blogging platforms, netvibes and so on - they can all be accessed here.
As quick and facile as searching the internet can be, there are ways to be even more efficient, more search-savvy. It's our responsibility to teach kids how to find and research information, how to judge its veracity, and when it's time to ask for a grownup's help.
Sarah McElrath's insight:
Great tips to teach students within first few weeks of school.
“Let's face it; by and large math is not easy, but that's what makes it so rewarding when you conquer a problem, and reach new heights of understanding.” Danica McKellar As we usher in the start of a new school year, it’s time to hit the ground running in your classes! Math can be pretty tough, but since it is the language in which scientists interpret the Universe, there’s really no getting around learning it. Check out these gifs that will help you visualize some tricky aspects of math, so you can dominate your exams this year. Ellipse:
Nowadays, the digital version of print magazines and newspapers are becoming increasingly popular among publishers as they can save printing and postage costs as well as they are able to reach a whole new audience in the online world. The continuing interest of digital in the adaptation of digital replica editions of newspapers and magazines encourages web developers to create websites that are offering service to allow anyone to create their own digital magazine and newspaper. Some of these websites are very easy to use, simple and provide you with unlimited access to their resources for free.
Take a look at these Websites That Will Let You Create Digital Magazines and Newspapers with easiness. Check this out and enjoy reading!
There are tons of ways to incorporate Twitter into the classroom, but some ways are harder than others. Lucky for you, the upcoming issue of the Edudemic Magazine has a page devoted to just this problem. We call it the Twitter Spectrum and think it's a handy cheat sheet for any teacher!
Discover and share the world of audio. Clyp is a free, simple and fun way to record and share the sounds in your life with friends and family. Now available on iOS.
Sarah McElrath's insight:
Okay, so I think this is cool. You record and then can share. Simple. Could be a great way to do book ads or various other short audio clips. PROBLEM: some of the popular things people have recorded are inappropriate for schools. You would have to do some teaching about choosing NOT to click on things that look inappropriate.