Sunday, February 28, 2010
While PowerPoint still provides an easy and practical way to produce quality presentations that are easily operable, I have found a new (to me) presentation tool that I have already had some fun with. Prezi.com provides an all online application for creating a new style of presentation. I have used www.prezi.com to re-format other presentations, and am working to create new presentations as well on this site. In Prezi your presentation can literally jump from topic to topic, and reach embedded videos and media, as well as zoom in to finite points that you want to make. I encourage you to dabble in this tool and learn as you go. I found after creating my first presentation that I had a much better concept for creating my second. From experience I can tell you that I found my audience more captured (or enamored =) by this presentation that I had with my more recent products. While I would not use this tool for every presentation need I have I will surely continue to use it every now and then to change things up a bit.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I spent my time last week at a technology conference where I was reminded of some technology tools I was familiar with and some that I wasn't. In reflecting about the conference I found I was focusing more on the tools that I was familiar with but might have skimmed over previously, not noticing or recognizing the opportunities that they provided. One of these is Glogster. For those of you that do not know, Glogster is presented as an interactive poster. At first glance I thought, why do I need this?? Don't websites, blogs and wikis provide enough interaction? How wrong I think I was. The format of Glogster makes it easy for even a novice to add text, movies, sound clips, and pics while glitzing them up in a way that is sure to gain the attention of many students. The beauty is that with the educational side of Glogster, edu.glogster.com, an educator can create an account for his/herself and receive logins for students. The students can create their own Glogs, and then the teacher is the only one that has the right to publish the projects. I find this most appealing for those students that are not comfortable with or cannot have information posted on the web. I look forward to introducing this site to teachers and seeing the projects that students create!
Monday, February 15, 2010
So my plan for this blog is to post the new (at least to me) technologies that I've found or learned to use with education. My job is as an Instructional Technologist/Technology Trainer for a school district. I am constantly searching for new tools to use with the teachers and students in our district. I will share those technologies that I find, and the experiences that I have with them. More to come soon...