Monday, December 13, 2010

Tip of the Week: Digital Photo Frames for Presenting Information

Digital photo frames are a unique way to present materials in the classroom or office setting. By creating a PowerPoint slideshow, information including both text and images can be presented using a digital photo frame.

Preparing the PowerPoint file After creating a PowerPoint slideshow, save the file in jpeg format. This prepares the slideshow to be viewed as images. Depending on the photo frame options, the slideshow can be loaded via thumb drive, email, or from various websites such as Picasa, Facebook, Flickr or others.
Frame Options Some frames allow portrait and landscape modes, music, picture and video modes, touch-screen options, web browsing, clock and calendar features. Others offer remote controls, which may be useful for classroom settings or conference presentation settings.
A digital photo frame may be used as a substitute for a PC or laptop in certain settings, including small table top displays, or spaces with limited electrical outlets.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Tip of the Week: Collaboration

Web 2.0 Tools Bounce and LiveBinders

Collaborating with others takes on a whole new dimension using web pages. What’s a good way to keep track of all those pages and articles? Which part of the web page is important? Which web page is for which project? How can web pages be shared with others-and include comments or thoughts? Several Web 2.0 tools are available!

What are the differences?

Bounce is an app that takes a screenshot of a website. The image can be named, portions highlighted, and notes added. The image and the additions can be shared through Facebook, Twitter, or the URL of the saved image can be emailed.
LiveBinders is a way to keep bookmarks in a “binder” similar to a notebook. A binder can be created for each project or grouping of bookmarks. Also, documents can be uploaded to the binder to keep project notes and resources in one place. Binders can be categorized and shared with others via email. Each binder has its own URL to make searching easier. Each binder also has a “present” option so that
the information can be presented directly from the site.