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Some Interesting Cloud Based Presentation Applications

Before I recommend the following sites I want to respond to some of my followers who have attempted to access some of the links on my technology integration site.  All of the links are public but some schools don’t allow outside sharing or email so it is not possible for me to respond to share requests from such districts.  I find this to be counter-productive in a world where one of the essential premises behind technology integration in education is communication and sharing.  In any case, I apologize from my end, for not being able to respond.

Since our district has been using Google Apps for Education for a number of years and since we are approaching 1:1 using Google Chromebooks, we are always looking for applications that can be used online.  We have had a lot of success using the paid version of  WeVideo.  This Video creation tool is based on the traditional timeline concept of video editing.  Stupeflix somewhat simplifies the process.  Much like WeVideo,  you can add video clips, images, text, maps, transitions, and a soundtrack. Stupeflix then creates a “ready to share” video for you. You don’t have all of the features of an editing suite but Stupeflix is still a very effective storytelling tool. The final version can be downloaded and uploaded to Google Drive. Sutori can be used collaboratively to create stories.  You can add text, images, video, audio, forums, and quizzes.  The product can be shared via email, or embedded into a website.  Storybird is a great site for making book-like stories. You can actually pay a nominal fee to have the stories published as hardcover or softcover books. A  story can be shared via email, with Google Classroom or with a link.  All of these cloud-based sites are examples of how technology can transform education and allow us to do things that were not possible in the past.

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The Lucidpress App Online Desktop Publishing Alternative

For quite some time I have been looking for either an open source or online alternative to “Microsoft Publisher” and “Adobe In Design”.  I think I have found it  Click on “Connect more apps” on the “New” drop down menu in “Google Drive” and add it to your apps.  There are easy to use templates for brochures, business cards, pamphlets, invitations, photo books, newsletters, magazines, etc.  If you go to “Lucidpress” pricing, you will see that this app is free for educators and students.   The final publication can be downloaded to the computer and printed.  It can be exported to Google Drive.   “Lucidpress”  can be used on Chromebooks. It is encouraging to see that more and more cloud apps are being developed that provide alternatives to traditional software.  The WeVideo app also provides a cloud alternative to “iMovie” and “Windows Movie Maker”.  These apps make Chromebooks even more useful in the classroom.

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