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Grammarly – Perfect Your Publication

The World’s Best Grammar Checker

Grammarly as an App or Extension

Grammarly is an online tool available in the form of a web extension, as well as a web app. Its purpose is to help correct any grammatical and spelling mistakes made when doing a form of typing online, such as social media posts or written documents. Grammarly operates by outlining suggestions as you type a publication. This is done by either underlining a misspelled word, crossing out an unnecessary punctuation, etc.. It essentially aims to create a smoother, more professional sounding piece of writing.

 

As an extension on Google Chrome, Grammarly automatically begins making writing suggestions when it senses that you are typing a written piece. When it is enabled, the Grammarly extension appears as a green circle on the bottom right corner of your text box. It then highlights any potential mistakes and lists potential solutions. It can be disabled at any time. As a web app, Grammarly.com allows you to compose documents from scratch on its word processor, and upload or paste existing documents for refinement. Grammarly.com then provides editing suggestions for your document much like the web app would elsewhere on the internet. There are a few additional basic features also available on the Grammarly.com website.

Grammarly Premium

While the free basic version of Grammarly is sufficient enough for the general use of most people, there is a paid premium version with advanced features. Some of these more advanced features include vocabulary suggestion and structural suggestions on your writing. With this version, you are also able to set which type of writing composition you are working on in order to get more specific tips (such as when writing an essay, blog, etc.). The premium version of Grammarly can be paid for as a monthly, quarterly, or yearly plan, with the monthly payment average ranging from $11.66 to $29.95 .

Overview

Grammarly is an effective way to get instant feedback on your writing when it comes to spelling and grammar. It is easy to install as a Google Chrome add-on or to use as a web app. For students, teachers, and professionals alike, Grammarly is an essential tool to incorporate into your web experience.        

  
  

Haiku Deck – An Alternative Presentation App

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Haiku Deck – An Alternative Presentation App

Haiku Deck is an interesting and fairly new presentation web app that puts an emphasis on aesthetics. The basic version operates similarly to Google Slides or Powerpoint in that you have a set slide where you can organize content. Haiku Deck offers a decent number of preset themes and allows you to customize colors and charts within a presentation.

The defining aspect of Haiku Deck is its accessible database of Creative Commons images for use within presentations as backgrounds. They are searchable via keyword and add an artistic yet professional layout to the presentation. Other than this feature of Creative Commons images, Haiku Deck provides many other ways to personalize a presentation. These include things like font, layout, image filters, as well as others.

Haiku Deck is a cloud-based service, meaning you are able to access it on any compatible device at any time. Currently, Haiku Deck only supports the web and iOS devices and is, unfortunately, unavailable for Android. There is a range in prices that you could potentially pay for Haiku Deck, with a corresponding range of accessible features. However, there is a free, public version that will provide for your general needs within the web app.  

Within the classroom, Haiku Deck acts as a great way for educators to directly share and organize curriculum. As Haiku Deck is based on concise and logical methods of conveying information, it is a perfect way to draw the attention of students. The image database contributes to this purpose as well, always offering a way to grab the attention of any viewer through beautiful, photographic images.

Overall, Haiku Deck offers very nice looking presentation formats that are optimal for delivering information quickly. It provides a great way to organize ‘point-form’ information and pair it with unique images. While Haiku Deck is a great alternative to traditional forms of presentation, it isn’t the best option for conveying large amounts of data. If one wanted to give an extensive lecture or present a very detailed graph for business, Haiku Deck may not be the best option. It is an amazing way to organize short and quick content, but not so much for large compilations of content. In the right circumstances,  is the perfect way to present is a concise, organized way.  

     

Control your Android on PC or Mac with Vysor

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This short video tutorial will show you how to use Vysor. Connect your device through USB and Vysor allows you to display and control your Android device on your computer. Install this free app and give it a try.

Learn Padlet – Collect and Share your Thoughts on One Wall

Think of Padlet as a wall where you can express your thoughts on a common topic. Collect your ideas through text, link, images, videos, bookmarks and more.  Share your Padlet with as many or with as little people as you wish and you control how you want your invites to contribute to your Padlet. Padlet lets you customize the look of your wall and the style of your content placement. Padlet is FREE to use, there are certain features that do require a membership.