ICT Tip: Prezi instead of PowerPoint?

February 28, 2012

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Link: www.prezi.com

What is it? Prezi a popular on-line presentation tool that goes way beyond your typical PowerPoint. Prezi can be used by both students and teachers. Prezi offers free licenses for students and teachers.

What’s Prezi? Well.. Prezi is one of those things that needs to be seen to be understood. As so, I would encourage you to look at this sample before reading any further. In a nutshell, a Prezi presentation contains all the information you’d like to present on one huge canvas. With each click, the screen zooms and flies to the next point. If after you’d like to know more about making your own Prezis, you can follow this link.

How can it be used in the classroom? Prezi can be used whenever you or your students might use a PowerPoint presentation. A Prezi presentation can be made collaborative so a whole team of students could work on one presentation. Also check out the PreziU library which contains categorized presentations contributed by teachers and students. For my mobile blog readers, the Prezi viewer is now available for the iPad too!

Benefits and limitations: Prezi is an on-line tool. This means there’s no need to worry about USB drives or if you have access to the latest version of PowerPoint. It’s also easier to integrate YouTube video clips into a Prezi than in a PowerPoint. However, the fact that Prezi is on-line can also be disadvantage. If your Internet connection is down, so is your Prezi! Technically, Prezi Desktop allows you to download an offline version of your Prezi, but that feature requires a paid account. (Special thanks to Nancy Sher, CDC Vimont, SWLSB for inviting me to try Prezi with her English 5061-3 students.)

Teacher Feature: Ann Fairhurst-Lozyk (EMSB, James Lyng)

May 26, 2011

Teacher: Ann Fairhurst-Lozyk (Basic Education)

School Board and Centre: English Montreal School Board, James Lyng Adult Education Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

What is the material? Ann’s project instructs teachers how to illustrate a dialogue between two students using a variety of readily available ICT tools. The project prepares the students for a visit to the doctor’s office by using the Internet to help them learn how to research the necessary medical vocabulary, how to clearly describe symptoms, and how to construct appropriate questions to ask the doctor.

How will it help students? The final product of the project is a doctor/patient PowerPoint role play. The use of ICT is a great motivator (while helping students develop speaking competencies) and makes a star out of even the most reluctant students.

Download: Please click this link (27MB) if you’d like to download a copy of Ann’s PowerPoint project. If you’d like to contact Ann for more information, please let us know and we’ll put you in touch.

Video Tutorial: For a how-to video on how to setup an activity seen in Ann’s project, please click the play button below:

SMARTBoard: How to create “links” in your SMART Notebook presentations

March 10, 2010

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Quick overview: A step-by-step video tutorial on how to create links in a SMART Notebook presentation. Links can be to websites, external documents (i.e. – Word, Powerpoint, PDF) or other slides within the SMART Notebook presentation.

How can this be used in the classroom? If there are a number of interesting websites you plan on showcasing during class, you can setup a SMART Notebook presentation in advance so that if you tap on a particular image or piece of text in your Notebook presentation, a web browser will automatically open and go to the link.  In addition, if you are a teacher who likes to showcase Word, PDF, Excel, or PowerPoint documents to your class, linking to external documents from your Notebook presentation is a useful technique to help keep things organized and all in one place when you are presenting.  In other words, no longer would you have to stop what you’re doing and search for individual files on a USB drive or hard disk to show them to your class. Any relevant documents you need for your presentation can be permanently “embedded” into your SMART Notebook presentation.  After you create a link, you would simply need to tap on an image or text in your Notebook presentation to launch the external document!

Video Tutorial: To see an on-line video of how to create links on the SMART Notebook software, please click the large play button below:

ICT Tip: How to create a “transparent hotspot” in a PowerPoint presentation

November 17, 2009

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Quick overview: This technique could be used in a PowerPoint presentation to give the illusion that the user is zooming into an image (when clicked) for a close-up or to setup a navigation system between different PowerPoint slides.

How does it work: This technique creates a transparent hotspot in a PowerPoint presentation. A hotspot is an invisible graphic. Clicking on a hotspot can be setup to link to other slides in a PowerPoint presentation. This advanced ICT Tip requires previous experience with PowerPoint.  (Source: Marc-André Lalande, RECIT FGA)

Video Tutorial: Here’s a step-by-step video tutorial which shows how to setup and use transparent hotspots in a PowerPoint presentation:



ICT Tip – Slideshare: An easy way for teachers to put their PowerPoint or PDF presentations on-line

June 28, 2008

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Quick overview: A website (www.slideshare.com) that allows you to easily put your PowerPoint or PDF presentations on-line for your students to view. Free! (Note: If you’re not quite sure what PowerPoint is, please refer to the ICT Tip at the bottom of this blog entry.)

What does it do? If you use PowerPoint presentations in your classroom, Slideshare is a great way to share them with your students on-line without having to maintain a class website, Wiki, or Blog. In plain English, this means that you can put your presentations on-line and then simply provide a link for your students. That’s it!

How can it be used in the classroom? You could use this site to put materials on-line (PowerPoint or PDF) that you may have already presented to your students in your classroom as study guides. From my experience, my own students were often more likely to use study materials when they were accessible on-line. Please click on the sample image below to bring you to an actual Slideshare presentation. Once you are there you can use the “arrows” to navigate through the slides and the “full” button to make the sideshow full screen:

Extra information: What I really like about this site is that you don’t even need to create an account to view or even upload PowerPoint presentations. However, if you plan on using this site on a regular basis, it would be advisable to sign up for a free account so that you can keep track of previous slide shows that you uploaded.

ICT Tip: If you’d like to know more about PowerPoint, first view this video tutorial link for a brief overview by Don Shecter at about.com.  If you’d like to know more about using PowerPoint in your classroom, then check out Robert More’s (ACCESS Adult Education Centre, Riverside School Board) RECIT project entitled “PowerPoint: Technology for the Non-Technical Teacher” at this link.


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