Prezi not just another online resource! Its useful!

So today after reading about Prezi and half heartedly looking at this new online resource, I decided to give it a try in class.  So I took the lesson I had created for today in Powerpoint and began the process of cutting and pasting and put all of the information into Prezi.  I found the process to create presentations to be surprisingly easy.  As a typical guy, I did not read any of the directions or watch any of the how-to videos that they provide and was able to create my lesson quite quickly.  The only issues that I ran into was that image files needed to be GIF format and videos in Flash format.

As I presented the information to the students, they seemed to enjoy the  presentation and were captivated by the zoom in and zoom out functions during the presentation.  As an added bonus, all of your presentations are kept online so that you can access them from anywhere.   Also this site allows you to embed these presentations into your class website and download them onto your computer.  I took sometime to show this to other faculty members, and they to thought that it would be a useful resource for presenting information to their perspective classes.  This is a resource that I know I will use again and recommend for other teachers.  It is simple to use and it enables you to create presentations quickly and easily.  So if you have not already, check out this resource at http://prezi.com.

Note: Teachers be sure to check out the discount rate they offer to upgrade to the pro version.

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Mobile Technologies in Education

Really thought that this video brought up some great points on the possibilities and uses of  mobile technologies.  At some point educators are going to have to start harnessing the power and uses of technology rather than focusing on not allowing them in class.  The potential uses for these technologies are endless in a classroom.  Watch the video and let me know what you think about the use of these technologies in the classroom.

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Getting started creating your own Professional Learning Network

The PLN Spirograph

The above link is a great resource for those teachers looking to create their own professional learning network.  The author discusses 10 things to consider in creating these PLN environments.  I have found over the past year the learning network that I have created has not only improved my teaching but changed my attitudes and beliefs about education.  I have grown, struggled and learned so much with my PLN that it has become part of my daily routine.  I strongly encourage people to develop these networks.  The knowledge and ideas you will gain through these networks will leave you wondering how you managed before without them.

The PLN Spirograph

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Video in the Classroom Three Great Resources

I have been a huge proponent of using video in the classroom, and I am always looking for good web-video resources.  Today I am going to mention a few that I have been using for awhile, but I see that I have not blogged about them yet.

The first is TED.com.  This website contains a lot of videos by industry leaders like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and others that speak to current policies and topics of the day.  This is a great discussion starter.   After watching some of these videos, students really get intrigued and good discussions can follow.

Another great website that I have been using for a while is Flora.tv.  This is another great educational video website.  As with TED.com, this site offers good videos that cover a wide variety of educational topics that can be used to enlighten students on different topics.

The last resource that I thought I would share I found on Richard Byrne’s blog, “Free Technology For Teachers“.   This is a great blog that I recommend reading often, if you don’t already.   This site is called “Next Vista For Learning“.  Like the other sites mentioned above, it has more of an educational focus which is what I like about all of these sites.   You won’t have to wade through cats surfing and people drinking soda through their nose to find good educational videos.  Check out these websites.  I think you will find them very useful.

Web-Video resources:

  1. Flora.tv
  2. TED.com
  3. Next Vista For Learning