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How Can I Make My PowerPoint Presentations Amazing?

How Can I Make My PowerPoint Presentations Amazing? | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

"Dear Lifehacker, I have been tasked to make a slideshow for an event at work. I don’t want to make a generic PowerPoint with just boring text or pictures. What are some ways I can enhance the slideshow so it looks impressive and knocks the socks off my audience?"


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Becky Roehrs's insight:

This article is packed with excellent tips/advice, links to useful resources/templates, and shout-outs to new presentation tools. If you have to make a PowerPoint, check this out first.

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Joaquín Ballester's comment, May 19, 2013 5:32 PM
I agree with you, Elke. PPT is more customizable and powerful.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 20, 2013 10:06 AM

This appears to be an effective and practical article.

Marion Mulder's curator insight, May 22, 2013 6:00 AM

Oke - if you work in the corporate world there is just no escaping from having to create powerpoints at one point or another. You might as well create amzing one's while your at it. Here are some handy tips, do's & don'ts worth looking at

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What the Research Says About VR in Classrooms

What the Research Says About VR in Classrooms | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Five research-based ways to use VR for learning.
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Is VR for everyone, every student? No, use carefully, especially with young children. There's still not a lot of research available.. 

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Teacher tricks: Grading & assessment

Teacher tricks: Grading & assessment | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

Grading & assessments are a hot potato in the field of education, as decision makers try to at once apply common standards, but also limit the amount of time students spend sitting assessments. 

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Excellent tips to reduce your grading time-but still make sure your students are learning what is most important. I cut out the number of discussion forums I graded in my online course, since it took too much time to grade, without adding as much value as assignments do...depends on  your content, what types of assessments help your students the most!

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Course Workload: What Influences Student Perceptions?

Course Workload: What Influences Student Perceptions? | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
What makes students think that the workload in a course is heavy or light? Sometimes it’s the amount of content and the array of different topics covered in the course. However, it can also be that the course covers complex content or content students find difficult which gives it that heavy label.
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It may not matter how much work you assign, it matters how students perceive it.. if students like the subject, it may not seem like a lot of "work", no matter how much you assign... 

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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Alternatives to Padlet

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Alternatives to Padlet | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

For the last 24 hours the Twittersphere has been buzzing about the recent changes to Padlet . 

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Wondering what to do, now that you're limited to 3 (more) padlet's? Here's 5 alternatives..

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Free Technology for Teachers: Padlet Makes a Big Change to Free Plan

Free Technology for Teachers: Padlet Makes a Big Change to Free Plan | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

Padlet is a tool that I have used and recommended for many years. 

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You're limited to 3 padlets or pay about $100 a year (if you have a number of padlets, you get to keep them-they won't be deleted)..I use it a bit, was planning on using it more..and was just going to recommend it to our faculty..but folks have to make money!

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Why Some Students Struggle with Group Work

Why Some Students Struggle with Group Work | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
If you really want students to learn how to work together, give them plenty of time to do so. Create purposeful groups early in the semester. Develop activities to help students get to know each other and establish a firm foundation for working well together when the assigned task becomes more challenging.
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Group work is hard-but this article provides a few good points/tips for dealing with students that appear to be a good team player, but disappear once an important graded project is due..

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Study says students rate men more highly than women even when they're teaching identical courses

Study says students rate men more highly than women even when they're teaching identical courses | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Study says students rate male instructors more highly than women even when they're teaching identical courses.
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Ugh-another reason student eval's should not be used in promotion/compensation decisions..it would be interesting to know if male/female students differ in how they evaluate male/female professors..

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Save Time and Promote Learning? Yes, You Can!

Save Time and Promote Learning? Yes, You Can! | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Teaching well takes time—time to prepare content and course materials, to interact with students in class, during office hours and electronically, to keep up with developments in the field, to grade and provide constructive feedback, and that just starts the list. Here are some time-saving strategies.
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5 ideas to help you speed up your grading and lesson creation-rubrics and peer review/grading are fav's of mine

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10 Common Learning Myths That Might Be Holding You Back

10 Common Learning Myths That Might Be Holding You Back | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

Science is constantly changing, and although we’ve come a long way since the days when it was widely believed that older people couldn’t learn new things, a number of learning myths have stood the test of time despite having no grounding in scientific research. 

 

Photo by John-Mark Kuznietsov on Unsplash

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This article contains many popular but unproven myths-the myth that we learn better using our preferred "learning style" is everywhere!    

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Journal article explains how Russian bots created fear at University of Missouri

Journal article explains how Russian bots created fear at University of Missouri | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Journal article reveals that anger and confusion at University of Missouri in 2015 were due in part to fabricated reports that were part of a disinformation campaign from Russia.
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Hmm, not conclusive, but an interesting article about the dangers of believing social media (twitter)...such as when bots may have been spreading "news" about a racist beating..

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In Coverage of Online Courses, Generalizations Prevail

In Coverage of Online Courses, Generalizations Prevail | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Given the context of the article, Dynarski seems to be right on the money. But accounting for the full scope of the term 'online courses,' she couldn't be further from the truth.
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Here's a different perspective on who takes online classes: adults vary on why they take online courses and what they want out of them..

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How to Run Effective Group Projects in Online Education

How to Run Effective Group Projects in Online Education | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

Group projects help prepare learners for the real work environments, but they’re hard to organize. Learners and employers alike share a significant concern with regard to many education programs: their lack of training for real-life work scenarios. 

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I like the 4 suggestions and examples on how to improve your group projects, in your online courses.

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The top 7 programming languages to learn in 2018

The top 7 programming languages to learn in 2018 | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

Software development is a dynamic field. New programming languages, frameworks and technologies can emerge, become popular, and then fade away in the course of a few years. Developers need to constantly be learning new skills to stay relevant.

 

There are many ways to measure a programming language’s popularity, but we believe examining job demand is most useful because it shows developers the skills to learn to improve their career prospects.

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Here’s the top three, in order from most to least in-demand by employers:
1) Java
2) Python
3) JavaScript 

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Veteran online instructors share tips on improving their practices

Veteran online instructors share tips on improving their practices | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Online instructors offer wisdom they've gathered -- what to do and what not to do -- from years of experience teaching in the modality.
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Excellent tips by those teaching online, on how to improve nearly every aspect of your online course and your online teaching.

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Research: Even the Mere Presence of a Smartphone Makes You Dumber

A joint research project at several universities found that the "persistent presence" of smartphones comes at a "cognitive cost." Researchers in the schools of management at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of California, San Diego as well as the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon ran two experiments to attempt to measure how well people finish tasks when their smartphones are nearby — even if the phones aren't in use.
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Interesting research-Just having your smartphone near you, EVEN if you are NOT using it, distracted students..and added to their "cognitive load"

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