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How to create a countdown timer in PowerPoint

How to create a countdown timer in PowerPoint | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Recently, I was asked this question.  Is it possible to put something like a timer on .ppt slides showing the time count down? It is possible and there are several ways to do it. Some ways are more...
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THE REAL TRICK: TURNING A TEST INTO A GAME

THE REAL TRICK: TURNING A TEST INTO A GAME | Serious Play | Scoop.it
At the beginning of February, Svetlana Kandybovich from ELT-CATION asked me if I would design a board game template in PowerPoint for her. I had some free time and I was happy to help because Svetl...
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A Whole-Brain Thinking Approach to Meeting Facilitation

A Whole-Brain Thinking Approach to Meeting Facilitation | Serious Play | Scoop.it
We provide meeting facilitation to enhance strategic conversations, dialogue, creativity, and group wisdom to help you achieve desired results.
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Spark!Lab | Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation

Spark!Lab | Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation | Serious Play | Scoop.it

In Spark!Lab, we believe everyone is inventive. Every day we provide opportunities for children and families to explore their inventive creativity—to create, innovate, collaborate, and problem-solve—because these experiences empower kids to develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed today and in the future.

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Feats of memory anyone can do

Feats of memory anyone can do | Serious Play | Scoop.it
There are people who can quickly memorize lists of thousands of numbers, the order of all the cards in a deck (or ten!), and much more. Science writer Joshua Foer describes the technique -- called the memory palace -- and shows off its most remarkable feature: anyone can learn how to use it, including him.
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A Nicer Way To Share YouTube™ Videos!

A Nicer Way To Share YouTube™ Videos! | Serious Play | Scoop.it

"Sharing YouTube video is easy using options available on the platform, but there is another way, a nicer way to share YouTube™ videos with your students. NicerTube is an amazing platform that allows users to share YouTube videos getting rid of all the fluff, distractions and sometimes-dodgy content around YouTube videos."


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Nedko Aldev's curator insight, April 6, 2015 5:27 AM

 

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KB...Konnected's curator insight, April 10, 2015 7:23 PM

This is a great way to show YouTube Videos in your classroom. Takes less than a minute to set up and gets rid of all the extra clutter. You can quickly select one of their own backgrounds or even use your own blog as the background. Check it out. It's free!

Anita Vance's curator insight, April 11, 2015 10:09 AM

add some focus to your selections, and subtract the distractions.

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PowerPoint's Best Kept Secret

This quick guide shows how you can save your PowerPoint slides as high resolution images.

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Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, April 7, 2015 8:13 AM

Great tips for creating your Presentations!

Bob Connelly's curator insight, April 9, 2015 11:33 AM

While Keynote makes it easy to export slides as high resolution images, it is a great tip for Powerpoint users.

John P. Street's curator insight, July 1, 2015 1:34 PM

Power Point tips

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7 Steps to Practice Beforehand as a Public Speaker - BradBridges.Net

7 Steps to Practice Beforehand as a Public Speaker - BradBridges.Net | Serious Play | Scoop.it
This post is part of a series of posts on Public Speaking. Feel free to check out any post in the series.
1)Public Speaking Tips for Leaders
2) 10 Intentional Public Speaking Gestures
3) 10 Ways to Clarify Your Message As a Public Speaker
4) 5 Tips to Clarify Your Intended Result for Your Audience
5) 7 Ways to Begin Your Public Speech With a Bang
6) 7 Steps to Practice Beforehand as a Public Speaker
7) 10 Ways to Use Repetition in Public Speaking
8) 7 Step Process to Plan for Silence in Your Speaking
9) 5 Ways to Match the Message to a Mission
10) 10 Ways to Evaluate Your Public Speaking
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A Complete Guide to Visual Content: The Science, Tools and Strategy of Creating Killer Images

A Complete Guide to Visual Content: The Science, Tools and Strategy of Creating Killer Images | Serious Play | Scoop.it
We love setting goals for improvement here at the Buffer blog, and one of our most recent challenges has been this: Every post gets an original image.This might not sound like such a ta
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Skills Converged > Free Speaking: Avoiding Speaker’s Block

Skills Converged > Free Speaking: Avoiding Speaker’s Block | Serious Play | Scoop.it

This is a technical exercise to help avoiding speaker’s block while presenting. The aim is to follow a systematic approach in practicing over and over again until delegates are confident enough that they can deliver a speech without getting stuck. This a great exercise in handling stage fright.

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10 Google Slides activities to add awesome to classes

10 Google Slides activities to add awesome to classes | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Google Slides lets students collaborate and display ideas effectively. Create animation, story books, video galleries and more.
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A Master List of 1,000 Free Courses From Top Universities: 30,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures

A Master List of 1,000 Free Courses From Top Universities: 30,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures | Serious Play | Scoop.it
We reached a little milestone this week. Our big list of Free Online Courses now features 1,000 courses from top universities. Let's quickly break things down for you: The list lets you download audio & video lectures from schools like Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford and Harvard.
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Animations and Triggers: Create a Scoreboard in PowerPoint

Animations and Triggers: Create a Scoreboard in PowerPoint | Serious Play | Scoop.it
A few months ago I created a scoreboard in PowerPoint that could be used for team games in the classroom. I've used it several times in class. Instead of turning to the board to keep track of point...
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Making flashcards in PowerPoint

Making flashcards in PowerPoint | Serious Play | Scoop.it
The other week I was reading Sandy Millin's fantastic post about useful links for CELTA. There is so much information in that post that it is difficult to take it all in on the first reading. One o...

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What is the cure for boring meetings?

What is the cure for boring meetings? | Serious Play | Scoop.it
What is the cure for boring meetings? 10 ways to make your meetings enjoyable, engaging and productive.
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DeepFUN

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When fun gets deep enough ... it can heal the world.
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You will find a huge collection of games at Deep Fun. Click on any one of them and get a full description, anecdotal information and sometimes even a video. What a great resource! Thank you Bernie!

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Free Technology for Teachers: Try Vialogues to Build Discussions Around Videos

Free Technology for Teachers: Try Vialogues to Build Discussions Around Videos | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Vialogues is a free service that allows you to build online discussions around videos hosted online and videos that you have saved on your computer.

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MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning

MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning | Serious Play | Scoop.it

The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning started as a series of blog posts written by Jordan Shapiro with support from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and the Games and Learning Publishing Council. We’ve brought together what we felt would be the most relevant highlights of Jordan’s reporting to create a dynamic, in-depth guide that answers many of the most pressing questions that educators, parents, and life-long learners have raised around using digital games for learning.


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CTD Institute's curator insight, January 23, 2015 2:59 PM

Great guidelines for parents & educators.

Claude Emond's curator insight, January 24, 2015 7:58 AM

Digital games and learning to lead together for change

callooh's curator insight, January 31, 2015 12:44 PM

Mainly considers uses in K-12 but lot's of the findings are generally applicable..

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Personal Maps: Improving team collaboration

Personal Maps: Improving team collaboration | Serious Play | Scoop.it
How well do you know your work colleagues? Their hobbies, ambitions or personal background? Forming closer connections with your team members, leads to improved
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The Science of a Great TED Talk: What Makes a Speech Go Viral

The Science of a Great TED Talk: What Makes a Speech Go Viral | Serious Play | Scoop.it
The Science of a Great TED Talk: What Makes a Speech Go Viral
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Sketching & Drawing Lessons

Sketching & Drawing Lessons | Serious Play | Scoop.it
I'm going to share here my tips and techniques for developing design drawing and communication skills. I am going to start with some very basic exercises and work through to more advanced stuff but I'll be honest, there are no short cuts, no quick tricks and no fast tracks, there's only practice, practice, practice.

Good luck, I hope you enjoy this, and don't be afraid to share your work with others.
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10 Ways to Use Google Drawings in the Classroom

10 Ways to Use Google Drawings in the Classroom | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Below is an infographic I created with Piktochart. (Another fantastic tool for educators and students!) There are ten ideas for using Google Drawings in the classroom. Honestly, it was hard to stop at ten! This tool is so versatile. It is also worth menti

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Adobe Slate | Make a beautiful visual story.

Adobe Slate | Make a beautiful visual story. | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Slate lets you turn anything you want to say – whether it’s a book report, a newsletter or your latest travel adventure – into a beautiful visual story, in minutes. Bring your words and images together, tap on one of the professionally designed, magazine-style themes and beautiful fonts, colors and motion are automatically applied! The good news is, you don’t have to make any complex design decisions. You can just focus on your story.


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, April 4, 2015 2:22 PM

Adobe Slate is a new free iPad app for making and sharing presentations on any device.

Valentina Tanzillo's curator insight, May 26, 2015 5:12 AM

Adobe Slate | Make a beautiful visual story. #VisualStorytelling