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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Present and Share Your Prezi Presentations Remotely

Earlier this week I shared a neat tool called Preso.tv that allows you to broadcast your slides to the devices of everyone in a room with you. Not to be outdone, Prezi launched a similar option.

The latest update to Prezi allows you to remotely present your slides to up to 30 people at a time. To present a Prezi remotely select "present remotely" in your presentation's sharing options. Prezi will generate a remote sharing link that you should distribute to your audience. Through that link your audience can follow your slides on their laptops or iPads (Android option not available). When you move the slides, the slides move on the devices being used by your audience.

If you're already a Prezi user, the remote presentation option is nice. If you're not a Prezi user and you don't want to recreate existing PPT slides then Preso.tv is probably a better remote presentation option for you.

Applications for Education
Using remote presentation services is a good way to keep your students on the same slide that you're projecting. Likewise, remote presentation services provide a good way for students to share with classmates.

36 Online Games Kids Can Play to Learn About Engineering

Try Engineering is a site that hosts lesson plans and games designed to get students interested in engineering. The lesson plans, more than 100 of them, are arranged according age and engineering topic. The lesson plans can be downloaded as PDFs.

The games section of Try Engineering features 36 online games. Some of the games were developed specifically for Try Engineering while others are hosted on other educational sites like those of NASA and PBS. Like the lesson plans, the games collection cover a variety of topics including solar energy, space science, and bio-engineering.

The games section of Try Engineering also includes links to a dozen iPad apps that students can use to learn about engineering and programming.

Applications for Education
The games found on Try Engineering are appropriate for middle school and elementary school use. The games could be good activities for students to try after you have used one of the Try Engineering lesson plans addressing a game topic.

Some of the lesson plans address concepts that are appropriate for high school students.

RSS Subscribers - I Need Your Help

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Here's what happened to necessitate this action:
Last fall I moved the RSS feed for this blog from FeedBurner to FeedBlitz. At the time nothing changed for people who subscribed to the blog through RSS as I simply redirected old subscribers from one platform to another. I thought that would work just fine, I was wrong. Last month Google finally shut-down the architecture behind Google Reader and in so doing anyone, like me, that had imported readers from Google Reader to FeedBlitz lost all of those old readers.

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The Week in Review - A Great Year of Presentations

Good morning from the FreeTech4Teachers.com world headquarters in Woodstock, Maine. This week I wrapped-up my year of presentations by speaking at a fantastic elementary school tech conference in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It was a great year. I've was fortunate to speak at more than 30 events this year. Thank you to everyone that invited me to their conferences or schools. And thank you to all of you that read my blog regularly, share my posts, and tell your colleagues about FreeTech4Teachers.com. I could do this without the support from all of you.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. 2 Good Sites and 2 Good iPad Apps to Virtually Explore Chemical Reactions
2. 5 Web-based Audio Recording and Editing Tools Compared - Chart
3. Enable Automatic Grading of Quizzes With Flubaroo for Google Sheets
4. Three Options for Creating Year-in-Review Videos
5. Create Trading Cards for Fictional and Historical Characters
6. Engage Students in History With Fake Facebook and Fake SMS
7. How to Create Custom Maps From Your Google Drive Account

In January I am offering an online course titled Blogging and Social Media for Teachers and School Leaders. Graduate credit is available for the course. 

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