As I was browsing through my morning reading recently, I came across this nifty navigational demo on the codyhouse.com website. I think this makes a nice addition to an online course so I crafted a quick example in Storyline.
Recently, I stumbled across Twitter’s new curation tool and wanted to give it a go to see how it worked.
While this is a cool and potentially useful, it is definitely not intuitive to use. So you’ll want to give the FAQ a good browsing before you give it a go.
After you’ve got that all set up the way you want you can publish it via publish.twitter.com and get the embed code. Unfortunately, I’m still searching for how to get it working in WordPress.com (If you know how to do that I’d love to hear from you!)
If you’re curious about learning more about Twitter curation, check out https://dev.twitter.com/solutions/tell-great-stories for more info.
PowerPoint Social Share Plug-in
If you do any presenting at conferences, etc you probably already know about the #backchannel. Now you can easily share all or part of your PowerPoint presentation directly to Twitter & Facebook with the new Social Share plug-in.
The Microsoft Garage project lab has released Social Share, a free plug-in for PowerPoint to allow for instant social sharing of presentations and parts of presentations from within the program. You can share a whole deck or just a single composed slide.
Awesome Stock Resources
A great list of awesome stock photography, video and illustration websites by Tony Phipps @neutraltone.
Trello is one of my favorite ways of managing tasks and projest. The two biggest reasons are flexibility and simplicity. Now you can add to that a large list of integrations. Check these out to see how Trello earn a place in your workflow by playing nicely with other apps you already use.
Skype for All
Skype is the go-to VoIP app a lot of people and now Skype has a new option for connecting with anyone without requiring them to be a Skype user. Now you can lead a Skype session via a direct link.
It’s pretty simple: Users of Skype for Windows, Skype for Mac, or Skype for the Web will soon be able to send friends a link. Once they accept it, they’ll be able to launch Skype from the web and join the conversation. Also, if you have a Skype name and a Skype mobile app, you can share a conversation link from Skype for iPhone, iPad and Android just by clicking the link.
Skype said the new link-sharing feature should be live now within the United States, and should be live throughout the rest of the world in a few weeks. Sharing a mobile conversation will be added “soon,” Microsoft said.
BPG: New & Improved Image Format
BPG stands for Better Portable Graphics, and it’s a new image format, the aim of which is to replace JPG. To do this, BPG delivers the best of both worlds: superior quality, and smaller file size. Get the scoop on this new format in this article.
I’m clumsy…and proud of it.
One of my favorite posts of all time by Betsy Hubbard on LinkedIn.
“I want to show my kids that it’s fine to be bad at something”
I’m back from a nice family trip to Disney and ready to get back into the swing of things. Here are five things that have queued up on the radar during that time, plus this week’s tech tip.
Dropbox has a new online, collaborative document authoring tool similar to Google Docs. While I’m a big fan of these types of documents which allow everyone who needs access to always have the latest version and to make their own contributions, the jury is still out whether this has any features that would get me (and more importantly the people I work with) to switch from Google Docs.
Prezentt is a presentation tool that helps you manage your slides and other things associated with running a good presentation session. Features include:
- Slides (PDF only) shared in live time with audience and for download.
- Share contact details, social media links and presenter bio.
- Share links, files and media all in once place.
- Interact with audience via questions and feedback.
If you haven’t seen Adobe Slate, it is a great way to easily create and share beautiful visual stories. Slate can help you turn your next newsletter, report, invitation or travel adventure into a gorgeous visual story. Previously only available as an iPad app, slate is now on the web and is free to use. Definitely worth checking out!
Be sure to update to the latest version of the iPad app to sync your projects to the web.
Twitter has rolled out a new polling feature that allows anyone to create a two-choice poll right from the compose box . You can vote on any poll, and how you voted is not shared publicly. A Twitter Poll ends 24 hours after it has been posted with the winner shown in bold. If you vote in a poll, you’ll receive a push notification alerting you to the final results.
100 Free Fonts You Should Be Using
If you design anything you should be following Canva’s design blog. They recently shared this great post featuring the 100 Free Fonts You Should be Using. Although you might not need all 100, it’s definitely worth taking a cruise through this list to grab the ones you like. And who doesn’t like free!?!?
Recovering Unsaved Office Documents
Everyone has lost work due to a power outage, dead battery etc. Armed with the wisdom in this week’s tip you’ll know how to recover your work if it ever happens to you again.
Originally created as a way to help others get up to speed with newer digital tools by actually using those same tools in the process. Although the topics have evolved a little each year the gist has always been the same. Everyone should be familiar with and comfortable using social media, establish an online presence (you already have one it’s just a question of whether or not you want to control what comes up when people search for you) and share things you’re learning and working on.
I have to confess that I had an ulterior motive. I wanted to put some theories into practice and use Learn Camp as a sort of learning lab. Can I set this thing up so that it’s largely self-running? Can I connect the weekly lessons posted on the blog to a MailChimp mailing list? Can I do it all with freely available tools? Will anyone actually participate?
I think the whole process might make a good conference session? One way or another I’ll find a way to document and share how I built everything and what I learned along the way.
This week we covered working out loud, which, of course, featured the great work or John Stepper and Jane Bozarth. So of course, if I’m talking the talk, I’ve got to walk the walk –which is how we all got here. 8-]
I’d love to hear from you if you have any questions. Thanks for stopping by!
Check out the handouts and presentation decks from one of the biggest Learning & Development conferences of the year that happened last week in Las Vegas.
Embed any web content in your presentation: If you give presentations you might know the hassle of keeping things up to date. LiveSlides is a PowerPoint add-in that lets you skip static screen shots and include real, live, fully interactive web content.
This is nice for many reasons including:
- No more need screen shots and keeping them up to date
- No more toggling between your slides and a web browser
- Keep the size of your slide decks much smaller
- Incorporate interactive audience polling (via Poll Everywhere )
The power of Photoshop retouching for everyone in a mobile app: Photoshop Fix is a new, free mobile app that lets you do serious image retouching and restoration on your iPad or iPhone. Heal, smooth, liquify, lighten and make other edits and adjustments that give you the precise look you’re after. You can also use your Adobe Creative Cloud account to access your edited photos with other Adobe apps to work on them there or add to another project.
Builds Sites Without Code, Like Squarespace Crossed With Photoshop: Webflow is visual content management system that basically allows you to create complicated, responsive websites without ever setting up a server, and that can be readily updated with new photos, text, and other media without a coder involved. It gives you previews for mobile views while you’re building your site.
This is definitely much more “pro” than other site builders like Wix and Weebly but if you’ve got the skills it looks like its worth checking out. This would be great for creating a portfolio site and much more.
Adding columns to your documents can help you fit your content into the space you have and make you look like a pro. This article gives you two great looking, easy to use options.