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In praise of PowerPoint

In praise of PowerPoint | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it

Philip Moriarty stands up for the much-maligned presentation tool.

"Both students and academics regularly bemoan “death by PowerPoint”, as a glance at Times Higher Education’s archives will show. But PowerPoint is a presentational tool. Nothing more, nothing less. If students are finding it difficult to engage with the material that we’re discussing and explaining, then it’s rather a cop-out to blame that on the technology."


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, July 18, 2015 3:40 AM

A great article discussing the true reasons why PowerPoint has fallen from grace with loads of people.

David Swaddle's curator insight, July 18, 2015 8:27 PM

You know what...I like PowerPoint too. I just don't like how some people use it. Same goes for the pen.

magnus sandberg's curator insight, July 20, 2015 5:30 AM

I have never praised Powerpoint, and i dont think I will in the future. But this guy has a very good point in that bad lectures were bad also before powerpint, and only bad craftsmen that blaime the tools. 

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5 Presentation Tools That Will Make Your Slides Stand Out

5 Presentation Tools That Will Make Your Slides Stand Out | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it
Presentation tools can make designing slides a heck of a lot easier. Here are 5 free tools for you to start using right now.

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What Should Be: 21 Questions About Learner Experience

What Should Be: 21 Questions About Learner Experience | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it
By Tom Vander Ark - Think of a kid you care about. What do you want them to know and be able to do? Now think about what their learner experience should be.

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A Visual on Learning Progression

A Visual on Learning Progression | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it

Great learning progression visual.


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 15, 2015 10:23 PM

Take a look at this visual that describes the learning progression. It looks at three questions as the starting point:

* What's the learning outcome for the lesson?

* How will I know if students have achieved it?

* How will I check if students have achieved it?

A variety of ideas are shared for each of these questions...short and sweet, and great for visual learners.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, June 16, 2015 6:11 PM

Thx Beth Dichter

Ra's curator insight, June 18, 2015 6:16 AM

Great graphic for teachers to identify the strength of their learning intentions and outcomes.

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The Benefits of Being Curious |

The Benefits of Being Curious | | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it

"Evidence continues to emerge about the benefits of being a curious, interested person. Curious people tend to experience greater satisfaction with their lives, greater cognitive ability and increased memory function. Check out our latest infographic below for more information on the benefits of being curious."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 18, 2015 8:29 AM

Curiosity. What makes a learner curious? This infographic looks at this and includes the following sections:

* What we Know About Curiosity?

* Famously Curious People

* Curiosity: Good for the Mind and The Soul

* Feed Your Curiosity...Feed Your Brain

* The Curious Mind on Overload

As we work with our learners it is important to include activities that will ignite their curiosity. In all likelihood they will be more engaged with their work and be open to learning, asking questions and more. This infographic packs quite a bit of information into one visual piece.

sherri jarrett's curator insight, July 30, 2015 10:02 AM

Curiosity. What makes a learner curious? This infographic looks at this and includes the following sections:

* What we Know About Curiosity?

* Famously Curious People

* Curiosity: Good for the Mind and The Soul

* Feed Your Curiosity...Feed Your Brain

* The Curious Mind on Overload

As we work with our learners it is important to include activities that will ignite their curiosity. In all likelihood they will be more engaged with their work and be open to learning, asking questions and more. This infographic packs quite a bit of information into one visual piece.

José Díaz-Pintado's curator insight, January 5, 11:21 AM

añada su visión ...#SCEUNED15

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Top Graphic Design Schools Announces the Best Educational Resources - Free Press Release Center (press release)

Those seeking an education in graphic design will find the best educational resources listed at Top Graphic Design Schools.
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Right Body Language for Interviews

55% of our communication is non-verbal. Body Language is a powerful tool that can help us to express and connect with others. Watch this video to improve ...
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Unplag is your plagiarism checker scanning within 4 seconds

Unplag is your plagiarism checker scanning within 4 seconds | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it
Scan up to 100,000 texts at a time without any hangups or bugs and get .pdf reports with originality and similarity percentages.

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Julie Cumming-Debrot's curator insight, June 12, 2015 10:47 AM

Original works only.  Nice tool.

Christine Rounsevell's curator insight, June 14, 2015 11:15 PM

This looks good but it is not free. Universities already offer it for free to their students.

Edgar Mata's curator insight, July 23, 2015 2:56 PM

Para que los alumnos no "copien y peguen".
Esta herramienta detecta diversas formas de plagio, muy buena.

 

Nunca fue necesario que los alumnos escribieran a mano para evitar el copy-paste, ahora menos que nunca, con tantas herramientas disponibles, es preferible que el trabajo esté en formato electrónico par buscar, más rápido, de dónde obtuvieron la información.

 

 

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PowerPoint Shortcuts: Learn More, Be Faster, Save Time

PowerPoint Shortcuts: Learn More, Be Faster, Save Time | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it

Based on our experience, the average to advanced PowerPoint user knows between 10 to 30 shortcuts… how many do you know?

This guide covers over 120 of them and will quickly move you up the curve!


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, June 9, 2015 4:30 PM

A fantastic PDF resource for downloading and exploring to discover an incredible number of PPT shortcuts that will save your time. You can also watch videos that demonstrate the use of the shortcuts.

Thanks for the suggestion to Taylor Croonquist.

RESENTICE's curator insight, June 26, 2015 3:10 AM

Des raccourcis clavier pour vos présentations powerpoint

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Free online file storage (15GB)

Free online file storage (15GB) | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it

Copy offers a simple cloud solution to manage business and personal storage.


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wanderingsalsero's curator insight, May 15, 2015 11:41 PM

I'm all for online storage. It amazing how soon the minimal free limits on various services get filled up.

Gatis Šeršņevs's curator insight, June 2, 2015 3:03 PM

15 gigi par brīvu

Sally Spoon's curator insight, August 6, 2015 12:20 AM

This looks useful and the basic free plan comes with 15GB storage.

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Free Online Poster Maker

Free Online Poster Maker | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it

Lucidpress is a professional-quality poster maker for everyone. With a library of templates and a drag-and-drop interface, you'll have an attention-grabbing poster made in no time.


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José Mª Ezquerro's curator insight, October 27, 2015 7:56 AM

añada su visión ...

Craig Van Ham's curator insight, March 24, 9:15 PM

This is a great tool for creating classroom materials or for getting students to show the outcomes of their projects.

Teresa Maceira's curator insight, April 8, 8:34 PM
Nice tools for classroom assignments.
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Hemingway

Hemingway | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it

Paste in something you're working on and edit away. Or, click the Write button to compose something new.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 18, 2015 4:37 AM

Great way to get students revising and editing heir own work.

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9 Common Body Language Mistakes to Avoid During Presentations

Here are 9 body language mistakes and how to avoid them. Give them a try to improve the way you communicate and the way others perceive you. Practice until you…

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M. L. Elliott's curator insight, July 31, 2015 8:48 AM

Learn some professional tricks for better presentation performance.

Iva Golec's curator insight, July 31, 2015 9:36 AM

Learn some professional tricks for better presentation performance.

Carmen Chavez, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 31, 2015 10:46 AM

Learn some professional tricks for better presentation performance.

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8 Things You Must Never Do with Graphics in PowerPoint

8 Things You Must Never Do with Graphics in PowerPoint | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it
What you need to keep in mind when working with graphics in PowerPoint.

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Teaching kids how to do chores boosts work ethic and empathy, study finds

Teaching kids how to do chores boosts work ethic and empathy, study finds | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it

According to a recent study, when children do chores they learn to be more empathetic, they better understand the importance of contributing to family and are well-adjusted. But it isn't just about telling kids to do chores — it's teaching them how.

 

Ehen children do chores they learn to be more empathetic, they learn the importance of contributing to family and are well-adjusted, according to a recent study....

 

"Chores, she determined, instilled in children the importance of contributing to their families and gave them a sense of empathy as adults," wrote the Times' Kimberly Dishongh.

 

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, July 16, 2015 6:16 PM

Isn't it ironic that the things our society discards in order to emphasize academics (arts in school, free time, chores) seem to be the very things that seem to help children grow up to be successful in both life and academics, and the things that we emphasize are the things that turn children off of school and even learning. -Lon

Jason Smith's curator insight, July 17, 2015 6:30 PM

Teaching responsibility, sounds like homework responsibility to me.

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Schools Need to Include More Visual-Based Learning

Schools Need to Include More Visual-Based Learning | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it
When asked what my first language is, I often answer, "visual." I think in images, prefer to be taught through images, and like to express what I know through images. I find it disconcerting that a...

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jose antonio gabelas's curator insight, July 18, 2015 10:31 AM

AÑADA su visión ...

sherri jarrett's curator insight, July 30, 2015 10:02 AM

In our world today we are surrounded by visuals. Yet we walk into many classrooms and see many written texts that often have few visuals. This post begins with a quote from John Medina, the author of Brain Rules (and a developmental molecular biologist). He states "We are incredible at remembering pictures. Hear a piece of information, and three days later you’ll remember 10% of it. Add a picture and you’ll remember 65%. Professionals everywhere need to know about the incredible inefficiency of text-based information and the incredible effects of images (http://www.brainrules.net/vision)."

There is also a video that was created by students explaining their frustration with the lack of visual learning that takes place in the classroom.

Additional sections include:

* Use Visuals, Images, Data Visualizations, Infographics and Videos to Teach Concepts

* Use and Teach Learners How to Make Concept Maps and Graphic Organizers

* Use and Teach Learners How to Do Sketchnotes

* Allow and Encourage Learners to Show What They Know Through Visual Imagery

* Teach Visual Literacy

Jackie Gerstein provides a thought provoking post with links to additional resources. Take the time to read and consider how you might increase the use of visuals in your classroom. And if you have not read John Medina's book you might want to check out his website.

Mark Cottee's curator insight, August 2, 2015 7:08 PM

In our world today we are surrounded by visuals. Yet we walk into many classrooms and see many written texts that often have few visuals. This post begins with a quote from John Medina, the author of Brain Rules (and a developmental molecular biologist). He states "We are incredible at remembering pictures. Hear a piece of information, and three days later you’ll remember 10% of it. Add a picture and you’ll remember 65%. Professionals everywhere need to know about the incredible inefficiency of text-based information and the incredible effects of images (http://www.brainrules.net/vision)."

There is also a video that was created by students explaining their frustration with the lack of visual learning that takes place in the classroom.

Additional sections include:

* Use Visuals, Images, Data Visualizations, Infographics and Videos to Teach Concepts

* Use and Teach Learners How to Make Concept Maps and Graphic Organizers

* Use and Teach Learners How to Do Sketchnotes

* Allow and Encourage Learners to Show What They Know Through Visual Imagery

* Teach Visual Literacy

Jackie Gerstein provides a thought provoking post with links to additional resources. Take the time to read and consider how you might increase the use of visuals in your classroom. And if you have not read John Medina's book you might want to check out his website.

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The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New

The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New - Personal Growth - Medium
There is absolutely no excuse for you not to master a new skill, expand your knowledge, or eventually boost your career.

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Donna Bryan's curator insight, July 15, 2015 1:27 PM

Life is a journey of learning, especially on websites.

Terrie Pressman's curator insight, July 19, 2015 12:25 PM

Online learning at your fingertips!

Marianne Hart's curator insight, July 19, 2015 9:31 PM

Bonus for music education!!

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7 Psychological Tricks That Make You A More Persuasive Person

Maybe you need to persuade a friend to go on a holiday with you, a colleague to see your point of view or get your boss to give you that promotion.
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Online Video Converter

Online Video Converter | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it
Online Video Converter is a free tool that converts almost any media format to MP4, AVI, MPEG, FLV, 3GP. It also extracts sound from video and can correct video resolution.

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peterlakeman's curator insight, August 3, 2015 3:09 AM

Very useful and easy to use free online video coverter.

Kevin Kaatz's curator insight, August 3, 2015 2:10 PM

Very useful and easy to use free online video coverter.

Bart van Maanen's curator insight, August 4, 2015 5:44 AM

Very useful and easy to use free online video coverter.

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Free online mindmaps tool

Free online mindmaps tool | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it

Mindmaps is an HTML5 based mind mapping app. It lets you create neat looking mind maps in the browser.


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Ricard Lloria's curator insight, August 2, 2015 5:29 AM

This looks like a useful free HTML 5 mindmapping tool. Works well on  the iPad.

Iva Golec's curator insight, August 3, 2015 9:36 AM

This looks like a useful free HTML 5 mindmapping tool. Works well on  the iPad.

Bart van Maanen's curator insight, August 4, 2015 5:44 AM

This looks like a useful free HTML 5 mindmapping tool. Works well on  the iPad.

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Icecream Apps - Slideshow Maker

Icecream Apps - Slideshow Maker | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it
Make a slideshow with a Slideshow Maker by Icecream Apps. Windows version. Free Download.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, June 8, 2015 2:08 AM

A free software for making photo slideshows. You can add background music, choose slide transitions and upload your creation to YouTube.

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Zoho ShowTime

Zoho ShowTime | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it

Bring life to your presentations. Deliver your presentations the smarter way. Use your mobile to deliver presentations. Interact and engage with your audience, measure your presentation peformance and hightlight your presentation skills and credentials as a speaker.


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, June 19, 2015 2:11 AM

Zoho have just released their new presentation app Show Time which lets you make your presentations interactive. Use your PPT or pdf to start with and engage your audience.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 21, 2015 7:45 PM

This nifty little program not only lets you run your slide show from your smartphone, but it has audience engagement and analytics. Cool! 

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ClassTools Breaking News Generator

ClassTools Breaking News Generator | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it

This is a great tool from ClassTools.net.


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Character Minutes's curator insight, May 24, 2015 6:28 PM

Have students create their own character news headline!

 

Елена Гончарова's curator insight, May 27, 2015 6:52 AM

добавить ваше понимание ...

Imelda Elliott's curator insight, June 27, 2015 4:45 AM

Great tool for language teachers.

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Snapgram - Fast Simple Photo Sharing

Snapgram - Fast Simple Photo Sharing | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it

Drag and drop anywhere you want and start uploading your images now. 20 MB limit. Direct image links, BBCode and HTML thumbnails.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 2, 2015 8:47 AM

This looks like a useful free tool to get students sharing images without the hassle of creating accounts and remembering log ins.