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Friday, May 4, 2018

GeoGebra for PowerPoint - Access and Insert GeoGebra Within PowerPoint

GeoGebra is a favorite ed tech resource of math teachers all over the globe. PowerPoint is the default presentation tool on millions of computers in schools. You can use the two together through the GeoGebra PowerPoint Add-in.

The GeoGebra PowerPoint Add-in lets you access GeoGebra materials directly from your PowerPoint slides. You can also use the Add-in to create graphs, shapes, and spreadsheets within your slides.

The GeoGebra PowerPoint Add-in works in the desktop and online versions of PowerPoint.

Sourcera for Google Slides - Historical Images to Use In Your Slides

Sourcera is an Add-on for Google Slides that lets you search for historical images and insert them directly into your slides. Sourcera pulls images from eleven sources including Flickr's Commons, the British Library, and the Digital Public Library of America.

To find an image through Sourcera you need to highlight a word on a slide and then select "search" from the Sourcera menu. When you find an image that you like just click "insert" to add it to your slide. The image source information will be automatically added to the slide too.

Sourcera isn't a perfect tool, but it is adequate for finding historical images that are either in the public domain or licensed for re-use. There are a couple of quirks in Sourcera. First, it only lets you search through one source at a time. Second, you have to type a word on your slide then highlight it in order to conduct your search. It would be easier to use if Sourcera let you type a search directly into its search box.

Applications for Education
Sourcera is a little quirky to use, but it could be a good resource for high school students who are creating presentations for history courses.

Learn more about Google Slides in my online course, G Suite for Teachers

Three Free Webinars About Assistive Technology

At the beginning of this year I made a decision to spend more time and effort getting to know all of the free tools that Microsoft provides to teachers and students. I am glad that I made that choice because I have been impressed by many of the programs that Microsoft offers in the area of assistive technology. Some of those include Immersive Reader (a part of the Learning Tools suite), dictation options in Office products, and presentation translator. All of those tools will be featured in three free webinars that Microsoft is hosting on May 9th, 14th, and 15th.

On May 9th Mike Tholfsen will be giving a presentation about Microsoft's Learning Tools which includes Immersive Reader. Register here.

On May 14th Jiaxin Zheng will give a presentation about Windows 10 access settings including Narrator, Magnifier, Color Filters, Eye Control, Read Aloud and Dictation. Register here.

On May 15th join Malavika Rewari for a presentation that will include how to add automatic live captions using the Microsoft Garage Presentation Translator add-in, embeding audio/video with closed captions in PowerPoint and Sway, and adding alternative text descriptions to visual objects in Office 365. Register here.