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Animated Presentations

Face it, some times the delivery of lessons can be boring.  I know I have seen students drift off from time to time.  And besides from me jumping up and down or dancing around like a lunatic, some lessons just fall flat.   Now if we feel this way, imagine how the students feel.  We know that the more vibrate a presentation is, the more positive reaction you will get from the viewers.  And what is more vibrate than a cartoon?

You heard me right. Cartoon presentations.  PowToon is an online presentation site that allows you to create animated videos and presentations to help you engage your audience in a dynamic way.  The site requires no prior knowledge of animation, and they provide the user with all of the tips and tricks needed to create an expressive, one-of-a -kind presentation.  Once a presentation is created you can export the video to Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. This is a free site, however, you are limited to how much you are capable of creating.  There are options for a monthly payment or a yearly one, that provides you with longer recording time,  more options for character and accessories. I recommend this site to anyone looking to beef up their presentations.

http://www.powtoon.com/

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How Schools can use 140 Characters

Over the summer I read a blog post from Claude Lord (http://claudelord.org) where spoke about Twitter being embraced by the school systems. Here are some of the highlights, I suggest you visit her site she has some great stuff.

1) Twitter’s frivolous motto: “What are you doing?” would gain full potential and extend to “What are you thinking, learning, discovering, visioning, designing, listening to, reading, blogging about?”

2) Teacher’s meetings would turn into an ongoing stream of resources, professional development, bouncing-off ideas and experiences on what works and does not, with instant targeted feedback.

3) Sharing collaborating and attributing each other’s work would be the new norm.

4) Competition would give way to collaboration with growing understanding that the more your share the more you gain

5) Locked cabinets would open-up their resources to be used, mixed, remixed and attributed.

6) Barriers between admin, faculty, staff, students, parents and community would dissolve in a cloud of connections and opportunities irrespective of age, role, status, and class – grade or socio-economic.

7) The 140 characters limit would become the art of minimizing thought in a nutshell – Good or bad is debatable.

8) Upcoming conferences would be public knowledge, repeatedly announced, retweeted, and back-channeled, so great ideas can spread to those who can’t attend – and supplement the experience for those attending.

9) Minority voices would no longer be silenced.

Ms. Lord gives a lot of food for thought on how Twitter can maximize the learning experience but also build upon the community of learners, teachers, and parents in a way that was never available before.

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