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How to Use Prezi Next – Create & Present

Prezi Next is the new online presentation software from Prezi that has useful and innovative features that let you present in a natural and engaging way. In this article, we’ll show you:

  • how to quickly and easily create your first presentation in Prezi Next
  • how to “pick your own path” through a nonlinear presentation
  • how to keep important information hidden until the right time to show your audience
  • how to add animations and zooming to any part of your presentation
  • and more

 

What if you didn’t have to slug through the memorization and step-by-step misery of a typical PowerPoint? We’ll show you how to use Prezi Next to beat the boredom and make a presentation that rocks!

 

First, get your topic and main points in mind, gather any photos, charts, or videos—yes videos!—you want to use in your presentation, and head over to http://prezi.com. Log in or sign up and select Prezi Next from the drop-down in the top left corner.

 

 

You’ll see a screen that houses all of your saved Prezi Next presentations and folders. Select “New presentation” or create a new folder in the left side navigation and then select “New presentation.” You can use folders to better organize your presentations by topic or audience.

 

 

Prezi Next comes loaded with a selection of customizable templates in various styles. Everything on these templates can be edited and customized. However, choosing the right template is important to save time, and usually your final presentation will reflect the structure of the template you choose.

 

 

You can see the structure and design of each template by clicking it and previewing it. You’ll be able to click through the arrows at the bottom of the screen, or click each topic to zoom to it and see what’s inside. When you’ve decided on a template to start with, click “Use this template” at the bottom of the screen.

 

 

In editor mode, you’ll see the overview. From the overview, you can double click the main topics to zoom into them and edit their content, or single click to edit their appearance in the overview. You can also select the main topics from the left-side navigation bar.

 

 

Whenever you begin editing a topic or subtopic, you can go back by clicking either the “Overview” button at the top left or the back button at the bottom left.

 

 

Whenever you are editing a topic, you can zoom to a subtopic by double-clicking, or single click to edit its appearance at the current topic level. Prezi Next features innovative subtopics called “planets” that give presenters the ability to jump around during a presentation by clicking on the information. Any information on the level of a planet topic will not be shown until the presenter clicks on it during the presentation. Planets give you the greatest flexibility with your presentation.

 

 

If you want to have planet subtopics, you’ll have to start with a main topic that allows planet subtopics. Click the “+ Topic” button and choose “Planet” to do this from the overview. Whenever you zoom into a planet topic, it will show the background around it and more planets can be arranged around the main topic.

 

 

You can also add stack topics and subtopics, which follow a traditional, linear presentation style. When you click on a stack topic in your presentation, the entire screen will be filled by that topic and your only choice will be to click through the slides in order.

 

 

You can add planet subtopics to planet topics, and you can add more planet subtopics to planet subtopics, going down as many levels as you like. You cannot add subtopics to stack topics or subtopics, however.

 

 

Once you have your information added with topics and subtopics laid out in the structure you want, it’s time to customize by changing colors, line thickness, and opacity of shapes. All you have to do is click on the element you want to edit and click the color palette on the tool bar at the top of the editor.

 

 

To change the background, simply right-click it and select “Background and theme.” This will open a right-side menu to upload an image for your background, or change the color and select solid fill or gradient.

 

 

One of the most used functions is the “Insert” menu. You can use this to add anything from text boxes, shapes, and images to YouTube videos and new topics. You can add any item to any level of your presentation, whether a video on the overview or an arrow in a subtopic. To add a video, click Insert —> Video, then choose to upload a file or enter the URL of a YouTube video.

 

 

Movement attracts attention, so adding animations can really make your presentation pop. You can animate any element of a presentation, or you can create a zoom animation that zooms to a smaller area of the presentation level you’re on. This is great for zooming into detailed charts to highlight information, or for moving in to showcase a photograph.

 

 

If you’re working with a team, you don’t have to do everything yourself! You can add collaborators to your presentations in Prezi Next and set their restrictions. Simply click the icon in the top right corner, click the “Total collaborators” button on the dropdown, and enter the email address and restrictions for each person on your team. You can allow members to view the presentation and leave feedback but not make changes, and you can allow presenters to present but not edit, keeping the power to make changes in the hands of your design team.

 

 

Make sure the cloud in the top-left corner shows a check mark, and if not, simply click it or select File —> Save to save your presentation.

 

 

Now, you can exit the editor tab and return to the screen that shows your folders and finished Prezis, including the one you just made. From here, you can click the pencil icon to edit, the play icon to present, or the arrow icon for many more options that include presenting online to a live audience and adding collaborators from outside the editor.

 

 

From this screen, you can also check viewer statistics that can give you insights on what content in your presentation is working and where you might be losing the interest of your audience.

 

 

You can also download your Prezi or use it on a smartphone or tablet through Prezi’s mobile app. This means that you could be walking around the room, presenting from a phone or tablet using Chromecast or Airplay to show the presentation on a larger display, while choosing exactly which parts of the presentation you want to show. This is incredibly powerful for engaging a live audience or group, as you can gauge their reaction, ask questions, and respond to questions in real time with a click or a tap, without having to step back 30 slides like you might with linear presentation software.

 

 

Now you’re ready to present. Simply click the big play button over the presentation of your choice and click present when it has loaded. Then, click or tap the first topic you want to discuss, and continue down through your subtopics until you’re ready to move back.

 

 

To move back, just click the small back up arrow at the bottom left of the screen. You’ll notice the left and right arrows at the bottom of the screen, but those are to step through your presentation in a linear order, and aren’t the best way to backup a level in a nonlinear presentation.

 

 

Now you’re ready to create and present dynamic presentations using Prezi Next!

 

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7 Geeky Tips and Tricks for Google Docs

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Want to know 7 Google Docs tips and tricks to make you look like a pro user, or maybe a little geeky? Check out this list!

Best Place to Start Your Google Docs

You might think this is obvious but this tip may make you rethink how you are accessing your Google Docs.  Opening your Google Docs from the location you want to be stored will help you keep your Drive and Docs nicely organized.

Advanced Sharing

This is often overlooked. Take a look at the bottom right-hand corner of the share box  (it will open after you click to share). Can you see it? Click advanced to open share settings that will give you more control.

Force a Copy or Preview of Your Google Docs

This is a handy feature to force a user to open your document as a copy (in case they didn’t know how to create a copy) or open in preview so they can only see it.  Take a look at the URL of your Google Docs document that you have open. Notice at the end of they URL “edit” is written, change edit to copy or preview and see what happens.

In Comments Assign Users and Individual Tasks

Do more with comments. After you select an area in your doc, click on comment.  Now simply assign a task from your document by typing a “+” followed by the user you want to assign the task. Notice you can assign to that person with a  click of the box.  The user will be notified.

The Fantastic Explore Feature!

I love this feature! Click on Explore in the bottom right-hand corner. Explore will search your the web or Drive based on what you have written in your document.  Quickly research other websites or scholarly documents with this feature.  Explore will also find pictures to match your document topic

Star and Move Shortcut Icon

I overlooked these shortcuts for the longest time. Right beside your document’s name (top left corner), you will see a star and a folder. Click to show importance or to move your doc to a new location in your Drive.

The Always Important Revision History

Revision History is a life saver! Go back through the history of your Google Doc and restore it to a previous version. You can also check on who did what in group work.

Go Live at School with Facebook

Posting to our school on Facebook page gives us an instant reach into our local community and beyond.  Feedback comes quickly with likes and comments on images and events. Teachers can have their own class Facebook pages to celebrate the activities that take place in their classroom.

Facebook Live takes it a step forward.  Think about broadcasting live on Facebook the Christmas concert, graduation ceremonies, sporting events, band performances or the school plays.  Our seats are full for these events but what about the grandparents, uncles and aunts and close friends that can’t be there who live in the next city or across the country  Many of these people are already following our school on Facebook and would be excited to watch these live events.

The process is easy to do and you can stream live to Facebook through your computer or your phone. Here’s a link to the Facebook Publishing Tools for live video. For the mobile live stream on your iPhone or Android device try this page at Facebook Live. Here are some great tips for going live on Facebook:

  • Tell people ahead of time when you’re going to broadcast

  • Go live when you have a strong connection

  • Write a compelling description before going live

  • Ask your viewers to follow you and receive notifications when you go live

  • Say hello to commenters by name and to respond to their comments

  • Broadcast for longer periods of time to reach more people

  • Be creative and go live often!

Check out the more detailed list here.

Check out the videos below to show you how to live stream on Facebook either on your computer with OBS or your phone.

 

Powerful Mobile Monitoring – XNSPY

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Cell Phone Monitoring is Going Mainstream

XNSPY is already being used by more than 90 000 parents and 45 000 employers to monitor mobile devices. Children are getting phones and tablets younger and younger these days which can lead to inappropriate or unsafe situations. XNSPY allows for parents to comfortably monitor their child’s phone or tablet’s activity. XNSPY also allows employers to monitor employees activity whether it be through their phone activity or using the GPS to see their location through the day. Check out the different editions available with

How it works

To use XNSPY, you will have to install the app on the device that you want to monitor. Except for the iCloud version on iOS that works only using the iCloud credentials of the target person. After downloading and installing the app, you can either hide it or keep it visible depending on how you want to monitor. To access data, you will be required to use the online control panel – XNSPY Dashboard.

Features

It can monitor calls, SMS, emails, internet browsing history, phonebook entries, so basically, the app deeply scrutinises every phone log that’s stored on a Smartphone/iPhone.

It’s has a GPS tracker that can be very useful for parents to check their kids’ whereabouts.

The app can be used to create Watch list alerts for geo-fenced places, contacts and even words used by the target person.

Geo-fencing is a great tool to restrict kids from places that you think they shouldn’t be wandering around.

What else is interesting about this app?

It has remote capabilities that can be used to send commands on the monitored device for deleting the on-storage data or for locking it so when locked kids can have quality dinner time with family.

It can also remotely take a screenshot.

XNSPY definitely has the features that you would need to monitor or track, but that’s possibly not the only reason why it has so many users. Watch the demo below!

Click to check out the site: XNSPY

OneNote – For the Productive Individual

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Microsoft OneNote is basically a digital notebook application that is available through Microsoft’s OneDrive service, as well as for download on most computers and smart devices. OneNote provides a fairly simple way to compile thoughts and organize ideas in a digital format while sharing those thoughts and ideas with other people to collaborate on.

OneNote works like a blank page where you can create and paste almost any kind of content. Through it, you have the ability to type forms of information, draw freehand images, import content such as images, video and audio clips, and organize all of this content in however manner you prefer. OneNote also allows you to import content from Outlook email or Excel spreadsheets, providing a universal way to gather content from your Microsoft account. With this app you are able to sync all of your created content across all devices, as long as you have the application downloaded. It is available on Android and iOS devices, and certain features are also compatible with wearable technology, maximizing this universal ability.

OneNote has very effective use within a school classroom, provided through the Class Notebook Add-in. This is an extra feature offered by Microsoft for OneNote specifically for the use of teachers and students. Class Notebook gives teachers the opportunity to create handouts for students and allow the students to have a personal, digital workspace. Students and teachers will no longer require the use of physical paper with the implementation of Class Notebook. Teachers may also easily review the work of students through this feature.

OneNote is an excellent option for the gathering and creation of ideas in really any situation that calls for thought organization. It has optimal use in both a professional and personal use and is universal in its method of compiling data. OneNote is an essential tool for productive task organization that is necessary in the life of the inventive individual.

Edit Videos for Free in YouTube

In a hurry and on a budget to get your next video edited and uploaded to YouTube? Well, you’re in luck! Log into your YouTube account, upload your video then take a look under Create and you will find the YouTube Video Editor.

For free this editor will let you adjust your footage through many handy functions:

  • Combine multiple videos and images you’ve uploaded to create a new video.
  • Trim your clips to custom lengths.
  • Add music to your video from a library of approved tracks.
  • Customize clips with special tools and effects.

Watch the below video for an in-depth explanation:

Sort Your Life Out! With These Free 3 Apps.

Any.do (free with in app purchases)
Any.do is a task management appliction available across many platforms, including Google Chrome, Android, Mac computers, and iOS devices. With it you have the ability to do simple daily planning and sync your schedule across all of your devices. It includes specific sharing features, allows you to set reminders within your day, and gives the option to make certain tasks as “recurring” throughout a specific time period.

Any.do utilizes a voice-to-type feature so that you can conveniently tell it which reminders and tasks you would like to set. Another useful feature offered within Any.do, is the ability to delegate tasks within a group of people or family. This is done by sharing a to-do list with selected people, and managing which person will do each task. Any.do is a unique, simple to use task management app which will help maximize collaberation and productivity in day-to-day life.
Check out this app at: http://www.any.do/

 

Google Keep (free)
Available for both Android and iOS, this entirely free productivity app will help you in areas from creating grocery lists to setting reminders of upcoming events. When creating lists, Google Keep allows you to check off every item as you go through your day, and keep track of remaining tasks or items. All notes, lists, and reminders can be color coded so that they may be quickly retrieved according to their specific purpose.

Lists and reminders on Google Keep can easily be shared with members of your Google contact list, making collaboration quick and simple. Along with planning your day and creating lists, Google Keep allows you to save pictures, notes, and audio recordings within its layout. This creates optimal organization of all ideas and planning, so they will never be lost. Google Keep is overall one of the simplest task management apps out there, but also one of the most user friendly and effective.
Check out this app at:  https://www.google.com/keep/


Todoist
(free with in app purchases)
Todoist, like most task management apps, provides your standard features including creating lists and setting reminders etc.. It is available for Android, iOS, and Windows smartphones, as well as most web browsers. Along with the others mentioned, it also allows you to share your created lists with other people so that you may collaborate on various tasks.

Unique to Todoist though, is its convenient smartwatch compatibility, which makes viewing current tasks and reminders quick and easy, while keeping you up to date on any other related notifications. Todoist is also unique in that it features a point reward system (called Karma) so that you may visualize your productivity trends. Todoist allows for you to customize the priority levels of each task, and also allows you to set recurring tasks within a time period. Through the use of optimal task organization and entertaining rewards system, Todoist provides a well rounded set of features to assist in your everyday lifestyle planning.
Check out this app at: https://en.todoist.com/

What is Google Apps?

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What is Google Apps?

Google Apps is a cloud-based productivity suite that helps teams communicate, collaborate and get things done from anywhere and on any device. It’s simple to set up, use and manage, so your business can focus on what really matters.

Millions of organizations around the world count on Google Apps for professional email, file storage, video meetings, online calendars, document editing and more.

or find out more here.

Here are some highlights:

Business email for your domain

Looking professional matters, and that means communicating as you@yourcompany.com. Gmail’s simple, powerful features help you build your brand while getting more done.

Access from any location or device

Check email, share files, edit documents, hold video meetings and more whether you’re at work, at home or in transit. You can pick up where you left off from a computer, tablet or phone.

Enterprise-level management tools

Robust admin settings give you total command over users, devices, security and more. Your data always belongs to you, and it goes with you if you switch solutions.

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Start Collecting Data With The New Google Forms

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Google Forms is an online application located in Google Drive that allows for users to easily create surveys, tests, and web input forms, etc.. It is a convenient and free method to quickly gather information from a group of people who are selectively given access through an email or web link.

Google Forms allows for a form to be linked with a spreadsheet (Google Sheets), so that data can be compiled in a concise way, tracked, and graphically displayed if the creator chooses. Many predesigned visual templates are available to create a form with, ranging in colors and style, so that a survey or test can be organized to match its purpose. The way in which people are able to answer questions in Google Forms is also customizable, and can be formatted in the form of short answer, multiple choice, as well as others. Survey questions are able to be made mandatory depending on the given application, but can also be made optionally skipped if the question is not vital (data will simply be left out of the final result if this is the case).  

As with most online applications offered by Google, Google Forms has the functionality of being able to be shared among a group of collaborators who are collectively working on a project. Responses can at any time during the sampling process be summarized within the application, so information like the number of people who have responded, and real-time data regarding specific responses can be accessed.

Overall, Google Forms has an extensive amount of applications when is comes to event planning, poll gathering, quizzes, and many other general purposes. Whether it comes to gathering important data within the workplace, organizing a quiz/test within a school classroom, or checking to see who can attend an event, Google Forms is an extremely useful tool for compiling data.

For a detailed tutorial how to use the New Google Forms, please watch the videos below.

 

Sneak Peak – The New Google Sites

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I received early access for the new Google Sites to create this video. Full access isn’t available yet for Google App accounts.

This video tutorial will show you how to use the NEW Google Sites. Quickly make professional looking websites with the thew new Google Sites. Add content to a page, edit and create new pages, moving the menu bar and publishing will all be covered in this video about the New Google Sites.

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