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9 Of The Best Free & Low-Cost Alternatives To Microsoft Office | makeuseof

9 Of The Best Free & Low-Cost Alternatives To Microsoft Office | makeuseof | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Aaron Couch

 

"Microsoft Office has dominated the market of text documents, spreadsheets and slide shows for years, and for good reason – it’s one of the very best. However, there’s one drawback and that is the price. Sure, it’s a relatively good investment, but for one reason or another you choose to not pay for it. What do you do?

 

"Thankfully, there are other options – and good ones. These range from web-based apps and local software to free and paid. Although some do cost, all have free options and the price you pay for the paid software is a fraction of what you would pay for Microsoft Office. Through this article I will touch upon any unique features such as mobile capability, cost, user interface and compatibility with Microsoft Office files."

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Donna Browne's curator insight, February 5, 2013 9:28 AM

I have been using Open Office for many years with good results.  Also try

the Ipad app OnLive Desktop which provides access to Office programs free of charge.  It is available free at the App Store. 

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Evernote’s New App Is More Than an Update—It’s a Reboot

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EVERNOTE ROLLED OUT an update to its iOS app today. Ordinarily, the company makes its big changes alongside new versions of iOS, or to make a splash with a new iPhone. (Turns out a great way to get new users is to be in Apple’s “works with our latest stuff” section of the App Store.) This time, there’s no magic to the day. It’s just Tuesday.

But you’d be wrong to think this isn’t a hugely important upgrade to Evernote. In fact, this random Tuesday is one of the most significant moments in the nine-year history of the company. Version 8.0 brings with it an entirely new design, a bunch of refinements to what had become a hopelessly overwrought service, and a renewed focus on what Evernote is actually for. It’s the fastest, cleanest app the company has ever released. It’s the culmination of more than a year of overdue under-the-hood work to make Evernote reliable, consistent, and future-proof. And it represents the beginning of a new era for the company, in which it will try to make the transition from a note-taking app to being the place you do your best thinking. And thanks to the latest in machine learning and artificial intelligence, a place that does some of the thinking for you.
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5 Ways To Avoid Overwhelming Learners

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Want to know how to avoid Overwhelming Learners? Check 5 ways to avoid Overwhelming Learners and not throw too much content at them.

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5 Crucial Tips When Using Online Videos as an Educational Resource by Jeff Herb

5 Crucial Tips When Using Online Videos as an Educational Resource by Jeff Herb | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
With so much educational and informative content available in the form of online videos on YouTube as well as various websites and blogs – it is definitely worth looking into using them as an educational resource. However as much as there is a lot of information available from these videos, how you go about using them is extremely important.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Javier Sánchez Bolado, Juergen Wagner, Miloš Bajčetić
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Peer Instruction for Active Learning - Eric Mazur

Harvard University Prof. Eric Mazur on difficulties of beginners, teaching each other, and making sense of information.


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"The better you know something, the more difficult it becomes to teach because you are no longer aware of the conceptual difficulties of the beginning learner".~Eric Mazur
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11 Fun STEM Activities to Nurture a Love of Learning

11 Fun STEM Activities to Nurture a Love of Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
If you want to nurture a love of these subjects in your children there are a plethora of games and STEM activities to suit all ages. I only have space to highlight 11.
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Create an Information Filter Bot (for free) :: Wesley Freyer

Create an Information Filter Bot (for free) :: Wesley Freyer | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Two of the most important digital literacy skills we need to develop and practice today are the ability to effectively filter information and the ability to create algorithms (code) which cause digital pixels to do our bidding. In this post, I’ll describe the steps I followed to create an “information filter bot” over the Christmas holidays and challenge you to both create something similar AND share a blog post (or at least a tweet) telling others about it. If you’d like to first check out the final result of what I built using Twitter, Google News, Pocket, and  IFTTT.com, follow the Twitter channel @UBInews and then create a new channel in your Flipboard account by following it and making that Twitter stream into one of your personal Flipboard channels. I’ve created a 2 minute video demo showing the final product if you’d like to watch that as well.
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