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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Silk Slides - An Easy Way to Share & Discuss Slides

Silk Slides is a new service for easily sharing and discussing slideshows. It is very easy to use the service. To get started just upload your slides (Keynote files didn't work for me) then enter your email address. When your upload is complete you can share your slides by sending the URL assigned to your slides to anyone you like.

Silk Slides allows commenting on each slide in your slideshow. To post a comment you have to enter your name (or nickname) and an email address.

Applications for Education
Silk Slides could be a good platform for students to use to ask questions about slides that you share with them. You could use Silk Slides to offer feedback to your students about the design and content of their slides too.

Weekend Project - Apply for the Google Teacher Academy

The deadline to apply for the next Google Teacher Academy is on October 4 next week. I'm sure that there are people who will be working on their applications this weekend. The hardest part of the application for most people is the video submission. To give you some ideas for your video I've embedded a sampling of videos from applicants who were accepted into past Google Teacher Academies.




And just so you don't think that all submissions have a high production quality I've included my video below. Even though I was accepted I recommend making your video look a little better than mine.

Week in Review - 50,000 Subscribers!

Good morning from the Free Technology for Teachers world headquarters on Alcohol Mary Road in Greenwood, Maine. My road is a small dirt road in a town of 600 people. I share the details of where I live because it is amazing to me that one person writing from a small house in the woods can reach more than 50,000 subscribers. This week Free Technology for Teachers crossed the 50,000 subscriber mark! I can't thank you all enough for helping to expand the reach of this blog.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. 17 Free Tools for Creating Screen Capture Images and Videos
2. 7 Places to Find & Watch Documentaries Online
3. Create Beautiful Presentations with Haiku Deck for iPad
4. A Digital Citizenship Guide from Edmodo and Common Sense Media
5. Play the Election - Games for Learning About the U.S. Presidential Election
6. United Classrooms - Connect Your Classroom with the World
7. Problem Attic - Quickly Create Practice Assessments


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