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How to Avoid the 10 Deadliest Presentation Mistakes

How to Avoid the 10 Deadliest Presentation Mistakes | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it
Most of the little things that ruin presentations can be avoided. Here's how.

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Bovee & Thill's Online Business Communication Magazines's curator insight, November 13, 2014 9:57 AM

"For some, public speaking is an opportunity to shine. For others, it's their worst nightmare come true.


Wherever you fall on the spectrum, knowing these 10 common presentation mistakes — and how to fix them before they happen — can mean the difference between a presentation that's a career maker or a career breaker." . . .

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The Beauty of Data Visualization

The Beauty of Data Visualization | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it

Here are some of the points made this video:

 

- Visual representations of data make comparative perspectives easier


- Scraping (gathering) and graphically representing them can make patterns far easier to notice


- One data set may offer a certain picture, but when combined with another data set, a very different

picture (eg. refining perspectives on statistics about a nation’s totals by checking again per capita)


- Evolving data sets can produce evolving infographics


- Data can change thought and behavior. “Let my data set change your mindset.” – Hans Rosling


- Sometimes it’s emotionally easier to learn by visuals than by statement.


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Coursera - Free Online Courses From Top Universities

Coursera - Free Online Courses From Top Universities | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it
Take free online classes from 115+ top universities and educational organizations. We partner with schools like Stanford, Yale, Princeton, and others to offer courses in dozens of topics, from computer science to teaching and beyond. Whether you are pursuing a passion or looking to advance your career, Coursera provides open, free education for everyone.
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Speaking and Writing English Effectively | ALISON

Speaking and Writing English Effectively | ALISON | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it
"Speaking and Writing English Effectively" is designed for proficient English speakers who would like to improve their speaking and writing skills.
The course compares a variety of writing styles including imaginative writing, journalism, English in the media and textual analysis. It also offers a comprehensive guide to using language effectively and is ideal for English students as well as those who want to improve their written English for work or pleasure.
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How to Answer the 31 Most Common Interview Questions

How to Answer the 31 Most Common Interview Questions | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it
How to Answer the 31 Most Common Interview Questions: Consider this your interview cheat sheet: a br...
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Text Outline in PowerPoint 2013

Text Outline in PowerPoint 2013 | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it
Learn how to make changes to the appearance of text outline in PowerPoint 2013.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, April 22, 2015 1:45 PM

A useful tutorial for those who use PPT 2013 and want to learn how to format text, titles and headings in particular.

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How to add music to your Google Slides presentation

How to add music to your Google Slides presentation | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it
Google's presentation app doesn't support audio files, but with these workarounds you can still give your slides a soundtrack.

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Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, April 27, 2015 8:13 AM

Here is a great tip for adding music to your Google Slides Presentation.

Candi Whitman's curator insight, April 27, 2015 4:41 PM

Music always enhances.   Never put too much information on a slide.  That's what talking is for, and I like to keep them up only 10-15 seconds so you keep people's interest.  

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, May 1, 2015 11:34 AM

Adding music to your slides!  Love this idea for sharing pics:)

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More useful phrases for business emails and letters - Speakspeak

Here are some more business email and letter phrases. In this list we look at how to make requests, complain, apologise and give bad news.The examples in the left column are more formal. The right-hand column shows the less formal equivalent. When we make a request more formal less formal I would be grateful if you could … . Could you possibly … ? I would appreciate (it) if you could … . Could you please … ?   When we agree to a request someone has made more formal less formal I would be delighted to … .(delighted = very happy) I will be happy to … .   When apologising more formal less formal I apologise for the delay in replying. Sorry for the delay in replying. I/We apologise for the inconvenience. Sorry for the inconvenience. I/We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Sorry for any trouble caused. Please accept our/my sincere apologies. I/We are very sorry … .   When giving bad news more formal less formal I/We regret that … . Unfortunately … . I/We regret to inform you that … . I am sorry to have to tell you that … . I am afraid that I must inform you of/that … . I am sorry to have to tell you that … . When complaining The following phrases may be used as the opening line of the letter or email: more formal less formal I/We wish to draw your attention to … . I wanted to inform you about … . I am writing to complain about … . I would like to complain about … . I am writing to express my dissatisfaction with … . [none] The following phrase may be used as the closing line of the letter or email: more formal less formal I would appreciate your immediate attention to the matter. I would appreciate if you could sort it out as soon as possible.
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4 Habits that Help People Trust You More

4 Habits that Help People Trust You More | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it
4 simple body language habits can help ensure that others trust you more. Practice them until they stick.
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8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions

8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it

"Questions can be extraordinary learning tools.

A good question can open minds, shift paradigms, and force the uncomfortable but transformational cognitive dissonance that can help create thinkers. In education, we tend to value a student’s ability to answer our questions. But what might be more important is their ability to ask their own great questions–and more critically, their willingness to do so."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 15, 2015 11:05 PM

How do you teach your learners to ask good questions? This post shares many resources to help you learn new skills that will assist you in teaching others.

The post begins with a visual, the Teach Thought Learning Taxonomy, which is a template for critical thinking that looks at cognition across six categories. This is described in depth.

Additional tools shared include:

* Socratic Discussion which includes a video from Tch (the Teaching Channel)

* Paideia Seminar - "an integrated literacy event built around formal whole class dialogue. The purpose for doing Paideia Seminar is to support students’ ability to think conceptually and communicate collaboratively." There is also a video.

* The Question Game (which was shared previously on this Scoop.it)

* Bloom's Taxonomy

* Question Formation Technique - See the visual at the top, or check out their website at The Right Question Institute. If this is of interest to you they are presenting a workshop in Boston in July. Information on this is available at their website.

* Universal Question Stems and Basic Question Stem Examples

This is actually part 2 of a two part post. The first post is A Guide to Questioning in the Classroom.

Mike Clare's curator insight, April 16, 2015 5:16 PM

Great starting point.  

Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, April 17, 2015 7:31 AM

SOME TIMES KNOWING THE RIGHT QUESTION TO ASK WILL GET THE RIGHT ANSWER FOR THE PROBLEM YOU ARE TRYING TO SOLVE!!  IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO ASK YOU MAY NOT GET THE RIGHT ANSWER FOR YEARS BUT THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION THAT WAS ASKED!?!

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The Ultimate Photography Cheat Sheet Every Photography Lover Needs

The Ultimate Photography Cheat Sheet Every Photography Lover Needs | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it
The almighty photo is quickly taking over the world. As our attention spans grow small, we really only want to see the photo and possibly a short sentence describing it. I mean look at social media avenues such as Instagram or Facebook, not to mention the newly coined term “selfie.” We just cannot get enough images in our lives. For this reason, quality photography is becoming increasingly...

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The 14 Best Data Visualization Tools

The 14 Best Data Visualization Tools | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it
Data visualization is the fastest way to make a whole bunch of numbers look a lot more interesting. Today there are a whole bunch of online tools on offer.

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PowerPoint & Keynote Solutions from Chillibreeze's curator insight, April 22, 2015 12:26 AM

Check out these interesting visualization tools..

Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, April 22, 2015 9:13 AM

Als we toch met Big Data gaan werken, dan moeten ze er wel toegankelijk uitzien.

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Make videos online with photos, clips, music

Make videos online with photos, clips, music | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it
Make beautiful videos, online, easily! How to make travel movies, wedding videos, promo ads, property virtual tours: just add photos, clips, music and watch your video!

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emilioet's curator insight, April 21, 2015 5:29 AM
Make amazing videos in secondsMake beautiful movies using your photos and videos. Tell your story with text, maps. It's very easy, and super fun!
Paternina's curator insight, April 30, 2015 1:06 AM

añada su visión ...

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añada su visión ...

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12 Public Speaking Habits to Avoid at All Costs

12 Public Speaking Habits to Avoid at All Costs | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it
Bad habits occur daily in the workplace by presenters who are otherwise smart, accomplished professionals.

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Bovee & Thill's Online Business Communication Magazines's curator insight, January 7, 2015 12:36 AM

"Public speaking is hard enough without shooting yourself in the foot with simple mistakes.


Here are 12 bad public speaking habits to avoid."

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7 Apps to Help Anyone Improve Their English Grammar

7 Apps to Help Anyone Improve Their English Grammar | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it
In a world of spellcheck and texting abbreviations, few people want to take the time to learn about subjects, objects, and dangling modifiers. Besides, computers can fix our sentences for us. However, as anyone who's suffered an autocorrect embarrassment knows, computers don't always get it right. Language is a human tool and requires the insight of…
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30 Tips to Cultivate Soft Skills in Your Students

30 Tips to Cultivate Soft Skills in Your Students | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it

"Preparing students for successful careers is a major part of every educator's job, but most preservice and professional development programmes don't cover the skills employers are currently seeking - things like 'emergent' leadership, adaptability, humility and ownership."

Illustration above by Linda Tieu.


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 2, 2015 5:29 PM

We so often hear of the 21st century skills our learners need? Common Core tells us that learners need to be critical thinkers/problem solvers, communicators, collaborators and creators. What skills are employers looking for? More than just the four Cs.

This post by InformEd provides background based on what employers say they need as well as 30 tips to teach soft skills. Four tips (quoted) are below.

* Demonstrate alternate paths to content mastery.

* Start grading students on how well they listen to their peers.

* Assign group exercises that give people the opportunity to speak, listen, write, organize and lead.

* Design opportunities for students to build and demonstrate resilience.

There are many more tips in this post. Click through to learn more.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, June 24, 2015 11:14 AM

Thx Beth Dichter

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How journalists go about their jobs

How journalists go about their jobs | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it
How journalists go about their jobs, Speaking and Writing English Effectively - Speaking English Courses. Learn more about How journalists go about their jobs in Speaking and Writing English Effectively
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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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Three frequently overlooked Google Slides features

Three frequently overlooked Google Slides features.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, April 26, 2015 4:15 AM

Richard Byrne is giving three useful tips on improving your Google Slides presentations - font selection, image layering and language choice.

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Richard Byrne is giving three useful tips on improving your Google Slides presentations - font selection, image layering and language choice.

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5 GIF Search Engines & Tools You Haven’t Heard Of Yet

5 GIF Search Engines & Tools You Haven’t Heard Of Yet | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it
GIFs are the language of the web, but some people are better at speaking it than others. If you've got a friend who always amazes you with her ability to find the perfect reaction GIFs, you need to find better tools. Today, Cool Websites and Apps points out five websites for finding, and creating, GIFs…

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How to Open & Edit a PowerPoint Presentation Online

How to Open & Edit a PowerPoint Presentation Online | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it
There are usually two kinds of people. Historically, you are either someone who frequently creates and edits presentations in Microsoft’s PowerPoint app or you aren't. For years, Microsoft has offe...

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, April 16, 2015 3:22 PM

A detailed and comprehensive guide to creating and editing PowerPoint presentations online without the need to download the software. It will be especially convenient to those who use PowerPoint rarely.

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Personality Test Based on Jung and Briggs-Myers

Personality Test Based on Jung and Briggs-Myers | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it
This free personality test is similar but not identical to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI test). Made by Jungian type experts, it is short yet accurate.
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Our Newest 3 Minute Tech Tool Tutorial: Screencast-O-Matic

Our Newest 3 Minute Tech Tool Tutorial: Screencast-O-Matic | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it

"Screencasting, or capturing what you do on your computer (or tablet) in a video format while you narrate your actions, is one of the most powerful functions that modern computer technology has delivered to today’s educators."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 23, 2015 3:37 PM

EmergingEdTech has been running a Try-a-Tool-a-Week Challenge and this week Screencast-O-Matic is the tool of the week. If you have not used this tool and are interested in doing screencasting (also known as screen capture) take the time to review this video.

The free version allows you to record up to 15 minutes, but you cannot edit the film. There is a paid version for $15 per year, which allows for editing and unlimited length! Screencast-O-Matic may be used as a web app, or you can download it (PC and Mac).

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, April 24, 2015 9:27 AM

This is one of my go-to tools.  I use it for so many things.  It's a great tool for tech support when you can share a screen with someone.  Make a quick video to model what they should be doing on their computer.

Tony Guzman's curator insight, April 24, 2015 9:39 AM

This article includes a video tutorial on Screencast-o-matic, a video capture tool that can help you create videos for your students to help them in their learning.

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Tim Reisdorf - Photographer and Musician

Tim Reisdorf - Photographer and Musician | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it
photographer ~ musician based in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
Freelance photographer specializing in capturing moments in time.
Weddings, Portraiture, Model Shoots, Travel Shoots - the world is my canvas, my lens is my frame, my mind is my brush.

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Free Summarizer, an online automatic tool to summarize any text or article

Free Summarizer, an online automatic tool to summarize any text or article | Communicate...and how! | Scoop.it
Free online tool to automatically summarize any text in a few clicks.
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