Tag: Online Tools

Intriguing Presentation Tool, Prezi

Prezi is a unique online presentation tool that is a very interesting alternative to traditional multi-media presentation tools, such as PowerPoint. Prezi uses an unusual interface that allows users to incorporate text, geometric shapes, images, video, files (such as .pdf) into a presentation that flies around the screen, zooming in and out dramatically. It is certainly a beautiful final product. I created a sample presentation that describes the web-conferencing site Dimdim here.

Prezi

The site offers a free, trial membership, which allows for creation and download of 3 presentations, all of which are public. A yearly subscription, which runs about $50 (the site lists the price as 39 euros), allows for 5 times the storage space and private presentations. One big shortcoming of the site, from my view, is the lack of social features, such as the ability to comment on presentations. However, it is intriguing and worth a look for any teacher as tired as I am of the same old PowerPoint. I can envision a high school student truly enjoying the site and creating some masterpieces with it (even if it’s only 3).

Sketchcast Back! (Well, Almost)

I wrote a couple of months ago about the disappearance and assumed demise of Sketchcast, the site that offers tools that allow users to capture drawings as they are created, record narration, add text, and share online. It had become one of the favorite apps of several teachers I had shared it with, and I was quite disappointed to see it go away. During the Christmas break, I typed in the URL for the site in faint hope it would yield a different result. Much to my stunned amazement, Sketchcast popped right up, as if nothing had happened. I logged in, and the account credentials worked fine, too. The only sign that anything had been afoul was that the creation tool is not back online. When the link for creating a Sketchcast is clicked, users are informed that it will be back online soon. I certainly hope so! I haven’t found another site that does what Sketchcast does as intuitively. I will keep clicking on the link every few days, and I’ll update when it is fully back to operational.

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