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							<td class="techAspect"> PowerPoint&trade; or other software </td>
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									Will your students use home or other computers to work on their projects? 
									Ensure that you and the students understand the issues of program compatibility. 
									If your students have files other formats that are not useable in your school, 
									you may be able to use the <a href="http://www.zamzar.com/" class="product" target="_blank">Zamzar</a>
									website to convert the files.
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									Microsoft <a href="glossary.php#powerpoint" class="glossaryWord"><em>PowerPoint&trade;</em></a>
									is almost synonymous with electronic presentation software, but it's not the only show in town. 
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									For information about presentation software:
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									<a href="http://www.apple.com/iwork/keynote/" class="product" target="_blank">Keynote</a>: If your school 
									is Mac-based, your students may use <a href="glossary.php#keynote" class="glossaryWord">Keynote</a>. 
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									Microsoft <a href="http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint/FX100648971033.aspx?CTT=96&Origin=CL100626991033" class="product" target="_blank">PowerPoint&trade;</a>: 
									As <em>Office 2007</em> is introduced, either your school or the home computer could be 
									running an earlier version. <em>Office 2007</em> files must be &quot;saved as&quot; to function on 
									<em>Office 2003</em>. Effects available only in <em>Office 2007</em> will be lost. 
									The new <a href="http://thesource.ofallevil.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=048DC840-14E1-467D-8DCA-19D2A8FD7485&displaylang=en" class="product" target="_blank">PowerPoint Viewer 2007</a>
									should allow you to play any version of <em>PowerPoint</em>. If you don’t have <em>Office 2007</em> 
									in your school, consider installing this on the computer that will be used as the presentation station.
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									Microsoft <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/powerpoint2004/powerpoint2004.aspx?pid=powerpoint2004" class="product" target="_blank">PowerPoint: Mac</a>
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									Open Office <a href="http://www.openoffice.org/product/impress.html" class="product" target="_blank">Impress</a>: 
									The open-source program, <em>Open Office</em> also provides a powerful presentation tool.
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									Web-based presentation tools are included in <a href="http://docs.google.com" class="product" target="_blank">Google Docs</a> and <a href="http://zoho.com" class="product" target="_blank">Zoho</a>. 
									Students could sign up for an account and login from both school and home 
									(if they have reliable Internet connections.) 
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									<a href="http://movies.atomiclearning.com/k12/home" class="product" target="_blank">Atomic Learning</a>, if available in 
									your district provides instruction in short video clips.
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									Web search. Google any concept with the name of your presentation software and you will find 
									someone has created instructions. For example, enter &quot;animations PowerPoint 2003&quot;.
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							<td class="techAspect">Presentation station</td>
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									Obtain a LCD projector if possible. If you can, position the computer so that the speaker 
									can see the screen and look toward the audience when speaking rather than turning away 
									from the audience to look at the large screen. If all else fails, students can gather 
									around one computer or you can print overheads for an overhead projector or handouts on paper. 
									If presentations include audio or video, ensure that speakers are operational.
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							<td class="techAspect">Fonts</td>
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									Not all computers have the same fonts installed. Encourage students to use  
									generic fonts such as <em>Times New Roman</em> or <em>Helvetica</em> so that text will appear 
									consistently on any computer used to play their slides.
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							<td class="techAspect">Transferring presenations (Handing in)</td>
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									Work with your technology support team to ensure that students will be able to move files 
									from one computer to another, through shared network folders. Find out if students can use 
									floppy disks, flash drives, etc. Remember that slides shows filled with multimedia elements 
									can be very large files. You may want to warn students of file size limitations.
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							<td class="techAspect">Tech skills</td>
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									Student must have these basic technology skills in order to create a basic electronic slide show:
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									<li> File Management: Create, name and save a file in an appropriate directory. </li>
									<li> Locate and open software application. </li>
									<li> Create new slide and add additional slides </li>
									<li> Select slide layout. </li>
									<li> Insert and resize text. </li>
									<li> Insert and resize graphics from clip art or a file. </li>
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									Our digital natives are very clever, knowledgeable and learn new skills easily. Encourage 
									experts in the group to share their skills with others. The challenge with technology is to 
									keep them focused on communicating the message, not the fancy technical tricks.
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