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Multiple Literacies & Web 2.0

ShaZam! Multiple Literacies in the 21st Century School Library


Crocodoc is a simple service that allows users to quickly share and edit PDFs, Word documents, and PowerPoint files.To use Crocodoc just upload your file, select your marking tool, and get to work. Crocodoc provides a unique url for every file you upload. Share that url with the people you want to have comment on your PDF, Word file, or PowerPoint slides. You can also embed your file into a blog post or webpage and allow people to comment on it there.

Applications for Education
Crocodoc could be very useful for online peer editing of documents. You could also embed a document into your class blog and ask students to comment on what they're reading. You might also use an embedded document with annotations to model proper peer editing practices.

PowerPoint Alternatives

16 Free Alternatives to Microsoft PowerPoint: Create and Store Online!

 When students are working on presentations for class, it is always easy for them to lose track of where they last saved it, and that's why using the cloud works out best. EXAMPLE: Due date for the school project is after the school vacation and one kid chimes in "But our family is going to the Bahamas for spring break!" No problem, dear. Do you have access to the Internet at your hotel? (They answer "yes") Then you'll be able to get to your project on the website. Here are 16 free presentation programs which store your projects in the cloud:

280 Slides- Beta ended on this program in December 2011; nice, simple interface

Ease- part of GNOME desktop
Google Docs Presentation- not my favorite, but it does the job 

KOffice- online open source software includes KPresenter; works on Windows, Mac and Linux.
Kizoa- free slideshow and collage maker
Libre Office Impress-the presentation part of this free office suite

NeoOffice- made for Mac computers; includes a  presentation module; download required; also available for Android smartphones.
Powtoon- "bringing awesomeness to your presentations"; use their cartoon characters to make a great presentation for you
Prezi- "make your presentations zoom"
PreZentit- "Create, share and show your presentations online"
Sliderocket- my students love the program for its ease; teachers love it because students can't lose their work because it resides on their site
ThinkFree- office suite like MS office

100 Web 2.0 Tools Teachers Should Know About (Edudemic)

Jane Hart of the United Kingdom’s Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies has been assembling a list of the best resources for the past five years. But these resources aren’t just randomly organized by popularity or something, the order is decided by a crowdsourced vote. What could be better than that?

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