Tag Archive 'presentation'

Jul 30 2012

Say “Night, Night” to Long Installation Sessions with Ninite

A new computer is a popular high school graduation gift, and a great one at that! However, getting all your favorite applications and software isn’t as exciting, and can be a very time-consuming process. Luckily, Patrick Swieskowski and Sascha Kuzins–two awesome people at Secure by Design, Inc–have created a way to streamline that process for us!

Click here to visit Ninite, a website with a long list of popular software that you can download in a single bundle.

Ninite Software Options

What would you like to download?

Check the software you want on your machine–Ninite (which takes suggestions of what apps to include) offers a multitude of selections in categories such as browsers, imaging, media, developer, and documents.

This is great if you are (as we hope you are) a devout user of Firefox and Chrome, because your average Windows machine, for instance, comes only with Internet Explorer. How about another free favorite of ours, the imaging app Gimp? Yup! It’s there too.

Ninite's Installer

Easy to download the bundle!

After you’ve made your selections, download the installer and treat it like a dot exe file–execute it! All the programs you want will quickly download. It’s as easy as that!

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Sep 22 2011

Audio Resources on the Web

Published by under Audio Stuff,Media Stuff

Over the summer, I took a variety of interesting classes.  The most interesting was a Computer Science course called Digital Storytelling.  One week of assignments had to do with creating audio narratives.  I expected these projects to be challenging, not only because I don’t think strongly in terms of sound, but also because I didn’t know of many sites on the web that offered sound bites freely available for use (see: Creative Commons).  Thankfully, my professors had taken it upon themselves to solve this problem for us and compile a useful list of websites.

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Sounds by Fey Ilyas on Flickr

If you’re not taking a music course or something like Digital Storytelling where the professor is directly asking you to for some kind of audio work, you might find that a bit of audio spruces up an otherwise visual-only presentation (think PowerPoint, or a video project).  You might be surprised!

Here are the resources:

Freesound.org — A site that aims to create a “huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps,” and is all available under the Creative Commons license.

Free Music Archive — The FMA is directed by the WFMU, “the most renowned freeform radio station in America,” and was created out of the belief that the radio has always been a venue to offer free public access to new music and should continue to do so.  However, this purpose is often undermined by licenses that were not made in (and could not predict) the digital era.  Here at FMA, you will find great mp3s you can feel good about downloading.

ccMixter — This is a self-described “community music remixing site featuring remixes and samples licensed under Creative Commons licenses.” Here you’ll find the opportunity to be endlessly creative and mingle with fellow music lovers.

Internet Archive — The Internet Archive is a fascinating place that I have yet to really explore.  The IA is attempting to create an Internet library in an age and space where sites and sounds are ephemeral.  Content that appears on a site one day may be completely different the next.  This is a great stop for more than just audio.

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Aug 23 2010

Fall 2010 Orientation Links

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Here is a list of links to all the tools we discussed at the presentation!

Aviary – suite of creation tools

Flickr – image hosting and sharing

Diigo and Delicious – social bookmarking and annotation

Zotero – organizing your research

Doodle – creating polls and scheduling events

Evernote – remember everything note taking tool


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Mar 27 2009

Spice Up Your Prezintations!

Yes, I know how to spell presentations in case you were wondering. Prezintation is just my bad attempt at a pun in order to turn your attention to Prezi.com.

If you somehow missed it, by clicking the little image above you can get a preview of what Prezi does. So click now, I can wait.

Now that you are back you are probably wondering how exactly you can make a sweet presentation like that. Well the first step is to sign up for a free account. The one current drawback is that it is still in private beta, but don’t let that stop you from trying out this cool app.

Next you can check out the learn tab and see how easy it is to create visually appealing presentations. The website says it the best, “Prezi is the ultimate tool for the creative, the child-like, those who want to impress their audience, and those who like shiny objects. It might look scary and confusing first, but it is, in fact, self-explanatory and easy to use”. If you think you fall into one of those catgeories (or many like I do) than Prezi just the tool for you.

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Mar 27 2009

The P Word

Let’s say your professor (as professors often do) has asked you to give a presentation in class. Let’s also say that every other student is using PowerPoint, but you want to do something different. (You creative thinker, you.) Luckily, SfSS has just what you need.

First, if you do have PowerPoint slides but want to spice them up, try slideshare. Once you upload your slides, you can access them from any computer. This means that you won’t have to worry anymore about your PowerPoint file working on the classroom computer! Even better, slideshare lets you add audio to your slides so you can record your own commentary. You can also embed your presentation on a website or blog. It’s even possible for other students (or your professor) to download your slides or tag them. Now isn’t that better than a static PowerPoint presentation? EXAMPLE:

Next up is VoiceThread. This is a super cool website that lets you create a presentation from images, documents, and videos, then add comments. But not just your standard typed comments– you can also record spoken and video comments. This is a great resource for group presentations, because it allows you to collaborate in several ways to create a beautiful final product. As with slideshare, these can be embedded on an external website or downloaded. EXAMPLE:

As usual, we saved the best for last. Looking for a different kind of presentation? Something that is visually appealing without being restricted to a simple series of slides? Try Prezi! Prezi gives you a nonlinear way to design your presentation. Navigate through images, key words, diagrams, and video in a completely new way. In their own words,

Prezi allows anyone who can sketch an idea on a napkin to create and perform stunning non-linear presentations with relations, zooming into details, and adjusting to the time left without the need to skip slides.


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