Jul 24 2010

Presentations made easy… without PowerPoint!



I was trying to find a good online presentation maker, and came across 280slides.com. It allows you to create a presentation that looks and acts very similar to PowerPoint, and best of all… it’s online, easy and free!

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Feb 18 2010

Slide.com- a fun way to make quick videos



This website is no longer in operation! And so goes the world of web applications!



Feb 4 2010

PhotoPeach- A peachy slideshow alternative!



This great site allows you to display your images in two different modes. The “Story” mode as shown below allows you to add captions, music, and quiz questions to your images.

The “Spiral” mode displays images only in a great interface. This is an example of the spiral mode:

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Jan 14 2010

Mixbook- Online scrapbooking made easy… and beautiful!



OK, so I’m not a big fan of conventional crapbooks… uh, I mean scrapbooks. Really, with all that time spent cutting out letters, rummaging through aisles and aisles of background papers, trinkets, and embellishments- that’s just not for me! That’s not to say that I don’t appreciate creativity and presenting images and information in a fun, attractive way though.

Mixbook, one of the eight web applications that we have used for years and included in our most recent books, allows ordinary people to create some extraordinary displays in a scrapbookish kind of way. Take a look at one of the completed, curriculum-related projects:

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Sep 29 2009

Another great (and free) slideshow maker: One True Media



When static slideshows are just too lame and boring, there are other options! Holy Cow! That’s PowerPoint blasphemy! Oh, get over it! There are better options that give a much more impressive look and feel. And the good news is that you don’t have to be a genius to look like one!

Take a look at this great Water Cycle video I created with this great tool…

Want to make your own? No problem!

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Jun 30 2009

Putting Scrapblog into Google Earth Balloons


Most code from Web 2.0 sites goes into Google Earth without a problem. Scrapblog however isn’t one of those! Through a little trial and error (thanks Jim!), we have found a little simple modification will solve that problem.  When you paste in the code from the MySpace link, you have to substitute a little bit. Here’s the original code that I copied:

<object width=”420″ height=”312″ ><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.scrapblog.com/viewer/viewer_v2_embed.swf?scrapblogId=1939247&showShareButton=true&showShareInitially=true&showOnlyShare=false&partnerId=1″ /></param><embed src=”http://www.scrapblog.com/viewer/viewer_v2_embed.swf?scrapblogId=1939247&showShareButton=true&showShareInitially=true&showOnlyShare=false&partnerId=1″ width=”420″ height=”312″></embed></object>

Replace the <object> tag (the bold text above) with this code


<OBJECT classid=”clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000″ codebase=”http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0″ WIDTH=”420″ HEIGHT=”312″>

This simple fix should have your scrapblog videos up and running within a Google Earth balloon!

May 7 2009

Animoto- trash the boring slideshows!


Animoto (www.animoto.com)

This free web application will make you look much better than you really are! Take a look and see what I made with this awesome tool…

See, told you! Looks good doesn’t it? Sure beats the stuffing out of those boring PowerPoint shows with the same lame templates that have been recycled for way too long! And when I say it’s easy, I really do mean easy. You just upload your images, select some music and tell it to mix!

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