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Download free PowerPoint templates, backgrounds and videos. You'll also find great links to online reference and research tools. There are special resources just for teachers, traveling presenters, ministers and business people.

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Online Presentation Tool: this web page will self destruct in…

Presenters, teachers, team leaders…do you need a temporary planning hub for an upcoming business project or classroom presentation? Well here’s a free online tool that will help you plan and execute. Now you can collaborate using a temporary web page that works like a wiki.  Just set up your temporary web page at disposablewebpage.com, and you can post information for review or editing by others.

Even better – it’s free (you don’t even have to sign up for an account unless you wish).
Use it to brainstorm, make notes for yourself or collaborate with others on projects, plans, ideas, meetings…


1. Choose a page name
2. Bookmark your URL so you can go back to the page and/or share it with your team. 
3. Save your Login Master Key (auto generated), and set an Editor Key if you want others to co-edit.
4. Set your own count down clock (up to 90 days) before self destruct!




I think this is a great free tool for classrooms collaboration, event planning, presentation reviews, project teams and so much more. We all know that planning and collaboration help us make better presentations, so this is a presentation tool you can really use.

Take a look at a temporary web page example I set up and check out some of the cool features. This tool has a simple visual editor, is intuitive, and has some great features and options: upload up to 5 photos, leave sticky notes, keep a history of all revisions to the page.

This free service is brought to you by:   disposableWebPage.com.

YouTube Channels – an easy to use Presentation Tool

We all watch videos on YouTube. If you are a teacher, product manager or presenter, you are likely already using or planning to use YouTube to share information, demonstrate product use, show how-tos or tutorials. The power of video as a teaching tool is well documented, so a YouTube channel is definitely a tool you want available for certain presentations. It’s easy, it’s free, and it facilitates collaboration.

Let’s say you are a manager planning to show your employees a series of training videos. You can set up a free channel and start uploading videos to YouTube in 15 minutes or less. There are many channel settings available to you for sharing, embedding, playlists, tagging, etc. (You can even set your videos to be private and only allow a selected list of viewers.)

When you set up your YouTube channel, you’ll choose a username. To send your employees a link to your YouTube channel, just substitute your username after /user as shown below (our PowerFinish Video channel for purposes of this post). You can put your link in any email, document, PowerPoint presentation or website.
http://www.youtube.com/user/PowerFinishVideos
With a little HTML, you can use that same URL to make a text link like this:
Free Professional PowerPoint Videos
Linking to a youtube channel

If you plan a series of videos, you can send that same username as a subscription link and users can subscribe to updates on your channel. So every time you add a video, your subscribers will be notified.

For example, this URL:
http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=powerfinishvideos
can be used in a link that will ask if you want to subscribe to our free video channel at PowerFinish Videos on YouTube.

The only requirement is that your viewers have a YouTube or Google account themselves. When they subscribe, there will be a box post-subscription that lets them opt into the email. So when you have new information, your subscribers will get an email from your channel immediately.  And if you choose, you can allow your subscribers to comment on the videos and even post video responses – so collaboration and interaction is easy.

If you have a website, you can embed the subscribe button, too.

Subscribe to me on YouTube

Just login into your YouTube account and visit the Creator’s Corner:
http://www.youtube.com/t/creators_downloads
You’ll be provided with the code required to place the button of your choice on your website.

Let us know, how are you using YouTube for your classroom or business presentations?

Teachers Using Technology

I really admire people who think outside of the box and come up with innovative tools for presenting information. That’s just what a pair of history teachers in Hawaii have done. You can listen to an interview with them on NPR and take a look at their videos for inspiration.

This video has had over 260,000 views! The right method can generate interest! They’re even popular on facebook.

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Crossfading MTV and the History Channel

How do you reach young people in the classroom when they’ve grown up watching Youtube videos all day long? Amy Burvall is one half of the musical duo at the Le Jardin Academy in Hawaii responsible for a new sensation in education. Amy and her partner Herb Mahelona take popular songs that kids love – and then turn them historical. Amy joined us to talk about the personal origins of the project and how its changing the way she teaches.
via NHPR.org – Crossfading MTV and the History Channel

See all 50 of their history/videos at their YouTube channel.

Want to Know How Things Work?

How Everyday Things are Made An introductory website for kids and adults showing how various items are made. It covers over 40 different products and manufacturing processes, from airplanes and candy to clothing and plastic. This site has almost 4 hours of manufacturing video developed by Stanford University.

The Tech Museum of Innovation Their mission is “… to inspire the innovator in all learners”. Find a network of teachers engaged in using design and problem-solving as a method of teaching science and integrating other disciplines. The lesson plans and activities offer a design-based problem solving approach to learning science that supports the development of technology literacy.

Free Alternative Software – Free and Good

OpenOffice is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite. An open-source project, it is compatible with all other major office suites. The product is free to download, use, and distribute. Get OpenOffice as a download or on CD.
A collection of five tools, OpenOffice includes Writer, Impress, Math, Draw, Calc and Base components. The interface will look familiar to MS Office users. This suite was designed as one complete office package. Opens and saves in Office compatible formats. This free software could really help with your classroom budget.

GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages. Go here and check out the screenshots and features – then download and install.

Keep Art in your Classroom – Resources for Visuals and Art

Art project ideas and techniques for students up to grade 12. Crayola provides great school resources, and not just for art teachers. An amazing array of lesson plans and other useful content. Some of the content does require (free) registration.

Free art project ideas for your classroom abound at Art Teacher on the Net. Photos and step by step instructions for projects.

Great ideas for using digital cameras in the classroom.  Check out the resources and inspiration as well as lesson plans from Kodak.

Interactivity to Inspire Learners

The Map Machine from National Geographic. Although it does have an annoying popup ad, this resource is a must-see. An amazing range teacher resources are available on this site.

The History Channel has interactive resources, history activities, a speech archive and programming information.

A&E Channel. Search 25,000 biographies online. Articles, links to related sites and people.

Discovery Channel School offers hundreds of lesson plans written by teachers for teachers.
Free resources including:
Curriculum Center, activities supporting core curriculum topics for the most popular science topics taught in upper elementary and middle school (includes: Bacteria, Oceans, Chemistry, Solar System, Electricity, The Universe, Genetics, Weather & Climate, Magnetism, Viruses).
For each topic, you’ll find Quick Facts, Hands on Experiments, Project Ideas, Puzzles, Vocabulary Words, and a Review Quiz. Teaching Tools include a Puzzle maker, Lesson Planner, and more.
You’ll also find one of my favorites – Brain Boosters.

Specifically Science – Focus on the Future

ENC The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education is a K-12 math and science teacher center funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Science Friday is a great resource for science teachers. This site covers all the latest topics and news in science from the NPR radio show.

Nova Science in the News From the Australian Academy of Science, this site covers areas from the environment to technology to physical sciences. Some interesting topics and perspectives.

Fun Science Gallery Instructions showing you how to build scientific equipments from relatively cheap materials. Projects include instructions for making telescopes, microscopes, batteries, sidereal indicators, and several other instruments. This site is designed to motivate children to engage in science.

Classroom Tools that Fit Your Budget, Really

The Online Books Page Listing and links to over 20,000 free books on the Web.

PBS. More than 4500 free lesson plans and activities from the PBS Teachers Resource.

Your Dictionary. Every specialty dictionary, glossary, and word list you could want. Topic and industry specific terms, rhyming, word games. An inspiration for those who love words. One of my personal favorites is the dictionary of the 100 Most Often Misspelled Words along with hints to remember the correct spelling of each.

EdHelper offers teacher resources for K-7. Although some of the site requires a subscription, many resources are free. Lots of lessons, worksheets and theme ideas.

Blue Web’n is a searchable library of about 1200 outstanding Internet learning sites. Find lessons, activities, projects, resources, references, and classroom tools.

Technically Speaking

From Education World, a “techtorial” on Creating a Class PowerPoint presentation.

Need a technical term defined? Check out TechWeb’s searchable encyclopedia of the latest in tech.