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Alternatives to PowerPoint

posted Feb 14, 2018, 12:32 PM by Jeffrey Jones

I tried this out and it really is nice. 

Here is the link for pricing - https://ludus.one/pricing/ 
It is a little pricey beyond the free version but the Free account will work fine for one person - they can't collaborate like they could on Google Slides. 

The free account allows up to 20 presentations and up to 1 GB storage. It can only be downloaded as a PDF but you can share it via the URL or embedding the code. 

Use VISME.co to create professional looking documents

posted Apr 21, 2017, 10:15 AM by Jeffrey Jones   [ updated Jul 5, 2017, 6:19 AM ]

With VISME.co you can easily create professional looking...
  • Presentations
  • Infographics
  • Banners
  • or Custom Dimensions documents
It is free to do up to 3 projects. You can delete them after you create and download them to do more. 
Here is the pricing chart for paid plans. You can easily apply for an educator discount and save money (it was 25% when I inquired - subject to change)

They can be downloaded or they are hosted and you could share the URL via Whiteboard, QR Code, etc.
Of course, if you delete it to save money then it will be no longer be available. 
You could download it and attach it to your Teacher Website for long term use.

It is super easy. I created the attached infographic in 10 minutes with VISME.co.

If you want to be listed as a Laney Enthusiast for VISME.co, let Mr. Jones know.

Sutori = student-centered learning

posted Feb 7, 2017, 1:18 PM by Jeffrey Jones

Matt Miller of DitchThatTextbook.com in his post - '10 ways to create interactive multimedia in any grade/subject' - says that...

"...student-centered learning is at the heart of Sutori, a tool that lets students and teachers create scrolling, timeline-style multimedia webpages they call “stories”. It also includes a searchable database of teacher-created and student-created stories."

A  couple of the reasons he likes Sutori:
  • it’s easy to share a student-created or pre-created story with Google Classroom (or another learning management system)
  • it’s web-based, which means that students can access Sutori stories from any web-enabled device (tablet, smartphone, laptop, Chromebook, etc.)

Digital Storytelling Tools

posted Jan 6, 2017, 6:19 AM by Jeffrey Jones   [ updated Mar 21, 2018, 6:55 AM ]

"Digital storytelling is an engaging learning activity that helps students communicate by creating multimedia stories and presentations...giving students valuable opportunities for multimodal learning. Students can assemble a collection of original or curated content, from photos, drawings, and images to audio and video clips -- in some cases, even animated text." - Common Sense Education

Click here for Top Tools for Dynamic Digital Storytelling from Common Sense Education

  • StoryboardThat - "Digital Storytelling Powerful Visual Communication, Made Easy" (Storyboard/comic creator for digital storytelling.)

NHCS Library offers Multimedia Lab

posted Nov 14, 2016, 8:05 AM by Jeffrey Jones

The New Hanover Public Library has a Multimedia Lab that is available for student use.

"The Multi-Media Lab includes a computer loaded with Camtasia Studio, Adobe Premiere Elements, and WordPress.
  • The computer has an HD Monitor attached to it, as well as a webcam and conference microphone. It can be used for video conferences for job interviews and educational purposes.
  • WordPress enables patrons to create web pages, and Adobe Premiere Elements and Camtasia provides users access to tools to create and edit video and digital images.
  • A green screen is available for special effects in the filming of vlog videos.
  • Patrons with a valid library card can reserve a Digital Canon Powershot S120 Camera, tripods Logitech h390 headset, and accessories for use in filming within the room.
  • Patrons are responsible for any and all equipment that is borrowed and all items must be returned in-person by the person who booked the room and equipment.
  • Please Note: The $5.00 ADMIN fee for booking the Multimedia Lab will be waived."

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