SlideRocket brings web presentations to iPhone and iPad with HTML5

Since the dawn of time, traveling professionals have sought easier ways to present on the go. Pico projectors! Netbooks! Converting presentations to video to show them on iPhones! Then there was Keynote on the iPad, and it was good. Not great, however: presenters with libraries of PPT content have had to convert them over, and keeping your decks up to date with the latest and greatest from the sales department is a drag. Wouldn’t it be better and easier if there was a nice cloud-based solution that played well with Mobile Safari?

Enter SlideRocket’s new HTML5 player; the freemium web service now supports playing back (not editing) presentations on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch with full-screen video, a handful of good-looking builds and transitions, and all the analytics and version control you want. While the normal SlideRocket player requires Flash or AIR to show content, this one works fine without them. Continue reading


Models and Best Practices for Using Clickers

i>clicker inventor, Tim Stelzer, presents “Models and Best Practices for Using Clickers” at the University of Michigan on September 1, 2010.

Useful PowerPoint Add-ins

While PowerPoint is a relatively powerful piece of presentation software, it has it’s limits.  Many times, presenters want to visit a web site in the middle of their presentation.  In order to do so, they must exit presentation mode and open up a web browser.  The same thing must be done to play YouTube videos (unless the user downloads them using 3rd party websites/software).  I recently came across two free PowerPoint Add-ins (PC only) that will allow the presenter to do both of these things from within their presentation.

The first one is called LiveWeb.  Upon installation, it allows the user to add live web pages to their slides.  Simply go to the “LiveWeb” tool, click “Web Page”, and a wizard guides them through the process.  Once the page has been added, it can be resized and moved to fit within the slide. Continue reading

Review: Timeline 3D

Timeline 3D, by beedocs is a Mac-based software that makes it easy for users to create and present timelines.  Users can create multiple rows in the same timeline, add images, links and notes, and customize the theme, colors, fonts and date format of the timelines.  It also offers multiple   After registering your version of Timeline 3D, you can also export your timeline to a text file, email, to Keynote, to a portable device and also to a Quicktime movie file.  You can also launch a “3D” presentation of your timeline within Timeline 3D itself, such as in the video below:

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Cool Toys, June 2009

U-M’s Health Sciences Libraries presents this slideshow of cool tech applications or webservices.

ML, Copyright and Fair Use Presentation

What Does It Mean to be Educated in the 21st Century?