Showing posts with label free software for teachers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label free software for teachers. Show all posts

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Add Narration and More to Your PPT Files With PresentationTube

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PresentationTube is a free service that teachers can add narration to their PowerPoint presentations. In addition to adding narration to your slides, PresentationTube can be used to add whiteboard drawings, webcam images, and webpages to your presentations. Completed presentations are displayed with a slide in the center of the screen and the slide navigator to the right. The slide navigator allows you to skip forward or backward in presentations with the narration in sync.

To use PresentationTube you do need to download the PresentationTube Recorder (Windows only). The Presentation Tube recorder automatically synchronizes your PowerPoint slides with your voice. The free recording tool allows you to record for up to 15 minutes. Your completed recording can be uploaded directly to Presentation Tube or to YouTube.

Applications for Education
Dedicated PowerPoint and Windows users may find PresentationTube to be a good tool to use in the creation of flipped lessons.

You could have students use PresentationTube to practice speaking on camera about a topic that they're going to present to their classmates.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Autodesk's Design Software is Now Free for Students and Teachers

Autodesk has offered a number of their mobile apps for free for a while. This week they made all of their software available for free to students and teachers. All of Autodesk's free design software can be found here.

If you're wondering what you can do with Autodesk's software in your classroom, check out Autodesk's Digital Steam Workshop. Autodesk's Digital STEAM Workshop is your one-stop shop for design projects ideas. Explore the projects section of the Autodesk Digital STEAM Workshop to explore the possibilities for using Autodesk's design programs in your classroom. You can explore the possibilities by selecting a design tool, a subject, a skill level, and the length of time you have to dedicate to a classroom project. When you select a project you will be taken to a page containing the steps you and your students need to take in order to complete your chosen project.

Autodesk offers a self-guided ecourse to help teachers get a better sense of how Autodesk's software can be used in math, science, and engineering lessons. The course is divided into three sections; Getting creative with Digital STEAM, Defining your student design challenge, and Enhancing teacher software skills.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Tools On My Desktop and In My Browser

This week at the Bring It Together conference in Niagara Falls someone asked me which tools I regularly use in my work. That's a great question because while I review a lot (1,000+) of apps, sites, and browser extensions, there are some tools that I consider my core tools. Here are the tools that I use a regular basis.

Chrome web browser.
I use Chrome 99% of the time. It's fast and it syncs across all of my computers and mobile devices.

I use Jing for most of the annotated screenshots that you see on this blog. I've been using Jing since 2007. Jing is installed on my MacBook and on my Lenovo ThinkCentre at home.

Snagit for Chrome
Snagit for Chrome is the tool that I use when I need to create screenshots on my Chromebook.

Evernote is installed on every device that I use on a regular basis. I mostly use it for bookmarking websites and occasionally to dictate notes on my Android phone.

Screencast-O-Matic is installed on my MacBook (it is also available for Windows). I use it for creating the screencast videos that you see on this blog and on

Google Drive
Almost every document that I create is created in Google Drive. I install the Drive app on every computer and mobile device that I use. I have Drive set for offline access too.

When I am designing a presentation that I will be delivering in-person, it gets designed on Keynote. As much as I love Google Slides for creating presentations to share on the web, it still lacks some of the design tools that I love about Keynote on my MacBook.

That's about it for desktop apps that are in my life these days. Everything else that I do on a regular basis is done in a web browser.