Software and Tool Reviews
Tired of the same old PowerPoint presentations? So over the hype about Prezi? Want to be able to share presentations quickly without the hassle of attaching files or using services like Slideshare that may mess up your slide formatting?
Reveal.JS is a platform created by Hakim El Hattab for web-based, HTML presentations. Its design is simple and elegant, and it has many of the features you look for in PowerPoint and Prezi. The best part: the presentation is right in your browser. No more dealing with proprietary .pptx files.
For those who just want to plug in text and images (and don’t want to mess around with coding), check out the web-based platform for quick WYSIWYG editing: http://slid.es.
Give it a look and let us know what you think. How would you use this as a student or teacher? What new possibilities does this make available?
Over the past two decades, online education has developed from a simple idea into a thriving global industry with almost 7 million students of varying ages, cultures, and financial backgrounds enrolled. While the cost and benefits of such systems in traditional educational environments are still subjects of heated controversy, it is clear that the educational benefits for credible casual learning is boundless.
In a recent publication titled “Infographic: The Power of Online Schools” by BestOnlineSchools.org, information from several studies and articles on the benefits of e-Learning were summarized and outlined through a visual presentation. This infographic has been attached below, but for the full article, please visit: http://www.bestonlineschools.org/the-power-of-online-schools/
As part of UW Bothell’s mission to establish digital literacy in its students and faculty, bridging digital media tools with other areas of study is an important educational strategy that greatly enhances the value and skillset of students and instructors, as well as prepares individuals for a society where digital media tools and practices exist as the standard and norm. In an article written by Andreas Brockhaus, UW Bothell’s Director of Learning Technologies, he states that the importance of acquiring digital literacy skills is even higher now, as digital media becomes pertinent in all forms of professional and institutional work. “For faculty and especially for students, the explosion of digital media tools and practices in society have made it ever more vital that students gain skills in using media across many disciplines.” (Brockhaus, 34)
Tableau Desktop, one of four main products under the Tableau Software name: Tableau Desktop, Tableau Server, Tableau Reader and Tableau Public, is one of the leading digital literacy tools in data visualization for statistical and data analysis. With a simple interface and powerful set of features and tools, Tableau Desktop has made analyzing data easier and much more intuitive.