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In Case You Think Powerpoint Is The Only Presentation Tool, These Alternatives Are What You Should Know

In Case You Think Powerpoint Is The Only Presentation Tool, These Alternatives Are What You Should Know

There’s no doubt about it…living in the information age is exciting. Not only because of the wealth of information that is at our fingertips via the internet, but the ever-growing choices we have to pick from when we are called upon to present information we’ve been asked to share, whether it’s with our friends, family, co-workers, or whoever! With that being said though, sometimes it’s difficult to pick just the right method that will best represent what we have to share. Allow me to enlighten you on some innovative ways to get information across that is new, different, and gives PowerPoint a run for its money!

1. Haiku Deck

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    Haiku Deck, which came out in October 2013, is probably the newest kid on the block. It has a very user friendly interface and is based off the concept that everyone has a story to tell. If presented in a fun and creative way, that story can connect with an audience. How to achieve that is to keep it simple! They propose building “decks” around one great idea and sticking with three points. No more than one idea should be presented per slide, and pictures should be vivid and engaging with formatting that stays consistent throughout the “deck.” Haiku Deck boasts a blog for their members to comment and get suggestions, a gallery to view previously submitted decks, tutorials, and the capability to embed created decks within websites and blogs!

    2. Prezi

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      If you’re looking for a unique alternative to the same old boring PowerPoint presentation, then I invite you to take a look at Prezi! The visual possibilities are endless with this site. Select one of their many templates and add your own information. What makes it visually unique is Prezi’s capability to zoom in to a particular area on an individual slide. So even though you may have multiple points noted, you can direct your audience’s attention to a selected area. It’s fun, slick and draws attention quickly. Not only that, but once you zoom in to a designated spot, you can further add video, audio or a mini-slide presentation in that area alone. Once you’ve covered your point thoroughly, you can then zoom back out and resume with your other points on the same slide. The variety of templates Prezi offers is staggering and seems to be growing every day. Be prepared to spend some time though, because the sheer number of choices you have can be overwhelming.

      3. Slideshare

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        Slideshare originated in 2006 and is widely used by all segments of the information sharing society. There are a number of perks to Slideshare. You can embed slideshares within websites and blogs. You can use almost any document you can think of within a slideshare (for example, PDFs, Microsoft Office and Open Office documents, etc.) Videos can be embedded in the slideshares, and you can easily blast them to your various social media accounts. You can download slideshares and use them to market your business You can also create a branding hub that houses all your content: videos, PDFs and documents.

        4. Tiki-Toki

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          If you have a presentation where you’re wanting to convey the passage of time, then hands down the most beautiful site to get this done is Tiki-Toki. It has a strange name, but the look you can achieve is gorgeous. The only downside to this site is if you want to embed your timeline creation within your website or blog -that feature will cost you a monthly fee of at least $7.50 per month. They have a free version, but that doesn’t allow embedding capabilities…just so you know. Depending on how often your information is time-related, it could be worth your time. Tiki-Toki is the only site I’m aware of that gives you a 2D or 3D view of your finished timeline. It can be useful for companies to show progress throughout the course of time, by students for school projects and a unique way to display a personal diary.

          PowerPoint (although it’s served us well in the past) is not the be all and end all any more when it comes to creative ways to present information. What I’ve listed above is really just the tip of the iceberg. You just have to know beforehand how willing you are to learn a new user interface and determine how creative or simplistic you want for the overall look of your presentation.

          Featured photo credit: Audience listening/Jesper Ronn Jensen via justaddwater.dk

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          8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

          8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

          Computers and cell phones have become an integrated tool in our professional and personal lives that the original methods of using pen and paper may not be so common anymore.

          Although our old-school methods of note taking may not have entirely left us, technology is advancing with no intention of slowing down; iPads are moving into service industries, video calls are taking the place of in-person interviews, and store receipts are making its way into our email inbox – all of which requires the skill of typing.

          Learning a new skill doesn’t have to be boring and never had to be. Thankfully, there are effective games and apps that can help you learn to type fast with swift precision and accuracy.

          Why Typing Fast Matters?

          Learning how to type fast is a game changer. In fact, you can save 21 days per year by typing fast!

          Although shaving several minutes from curating a long email or texting paragraphs in a text message may not seem to be of great significance, the minutes soon do eventually add up and the long list of tasks then evolve into frustration. By the end of the day, time is being wasted, and the work pile is stacked high over your head.

          Why not alleviate some of those frustrations through practice and dedicating your spare time to build muscle memory?

          Learning a simple skillset like speed typing can drastically improve other essential areas in life including time-management and prioritization. Not only does it help you efficiently complete tasks at work and in your personal life, but it also boosts your productivity.

          8 Most Effective Typing Games and Apps

          Everyone learns at different speeds and uses various methods. While some work better under pressure and tight deadlines, others thrive when given ample amounts of time to learn and soak in the knowledge that is being provided. Despite the number of resources that are available in the hollow corners of the internet, it’s all about finding one source that helps you learn at your fullest potential.

          Whether you’re a keyboard ninja or not, here are some effective typing games and apps that allow you to test your speed, accuracy, and maybe shoot some spaceships along the way.

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          For Beginners

          1. Speed Typing Online

            What’s more fun than to type to the story of Alice in Wonderland or the lyrics to “Hey Jude”? Speed Typing Online is an online typing game that allows you to dive into the creative and familiar world of famous books, fables, songs, and even hone your skills in data entry.

            The bright blue frame holds the text, which then turns green after punching in the accurate keystrokes. After the end of the personal timer, a statistics page appears to show you your typed words per minute, accuracy, correct and incorrect entries, and error rate.

            2. Typing Trainer

              Typing Trainer

              is another online platform suited for beginner typists looking for step-by-step lessons. Learning the keys on a keyboard can confusing especially for those who aren’t as familiar or getting adjusted to typing on a computer keyboard.

              Typing Trainer has a collection of step-by-step tutorials that covers everything from sentence drills, introduction to new keys as the lessons progress, and skills test. The Typing Trainer specifically highlights unique features in each lesson including a warm-up section where the user begin to build muscle memory and learn to type without looking at the keyboard.

              The website is also programed to identify difficulties the user is facing when typing specific words or sentences.

              3. TapTyping – Typing Trainer

                There is the feeling of physically typing on a keyboard and then there’s the feeling of typing on a touch screen mobile device.

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                Since the use of cell phones has become closely integrated into our everyday lives, learning to type on a mobile is much of a skillset as it is to type on a computer. The mobile typing app, TapTyping – Typing Trainer, allows users to practice while on-the-go making it perfect for commuters who want to practice typing during their down time.

                The app allows you to challenge other typists around the world with TapTyping’s global leaderboard and test your skills by taking advanced lessons. There’s always room for improvement and with the app, you’ll be able to find your mistakes by watching a heat map of your finger strokes.

                For professional writers and programmers

                4. The Most Dangerous Writing App

                  Suitable for writers facing a creative block or on a tight-deadline, the Most Dangerous Writing App is a website that forces your fingers to type as quickly as your ideas.

                  If you stop longer than 5 seconds, everything you had written will slowly disappear from the screen.

                  Sessions are timed from 3 minutes to 20 minutes, or can go from 75 to 1667 words. This online app is perfect to brain dump ideas, write a chapter of a manuscript you’ve been stuck on, or help with procrastination.

                  If you’re up to the challenge, try the hardcore mode – an alternative option where a single letter appears on the screen at a time. This level prevents you from seeing the entire word, sentences, or even correct any spelling or grammatical mistakes until the timer is complete.

                  If you’re wondering, copying and pasting is not an option until each the end of each session.

                  5. The Typing Cat

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                    Looking to upgrade your typing skills? Also working as a personal tutor, the Typing Cat has a list of regular typing courses with the option to try other lessons with more complexity such as HTML. Learning to type code is a another valulable skillset worth adding.

                    Even with disregarded interest in the coding world, using the code course enhances your typing skills and allows your fingers to familiarize itself with uncommon word combinations and placement of punctuations on a keyboard.

                    The coding course can be difficult even for typing whizzes, but it’s all a part of muscle memory. According Psychology Today,[1] only a handful of people actually learn how to type by looking at an actual keyboard, while a majority of the population locate specific keys intuitively through muscle memory.

                    Available courses include EcmaScript 6, HTML 5, and CSS 3.

                    Fun typing games

                    6. ZType — Space Invaders Meet Webster

                      Remember playing the iconic 70’s game that allowed you to shoot tiny purple and green aliens from one end of the screen to the other with a two-bullet laser? It’s hard to believe that Space Invaders just turned 40 , but you can still get the same adrenaline rush with ZType, a typing game with the same shooting concept.

                      Ztype works in waves – stages that must be cleared but instead of aliens, you must type out the words before the missiles destroy your ship at the bottom of the screen. Every so often, longer and mor complex words would appear and if the words are not typed in the allotted time, a series of letters will disperse like missles.

                      The game is quick on the fingers and will still have your heart pumping until the very end.

                      7. Epistory – Typing Chronicles

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                        Although this game does cost money to purchase, it is worth the investment if you’re looking for a refreshing and alternative mode to learning how to type fast.

                        Epistory – Typing Chronicles is a role-playing action and adventure game of a young girl riding a fox in a magical and fictional realm; together they combat enemies in the shapes and forms of words.

                        Once you’re starterted, you almost forget you’re playing a typing game. The paper craft art aesthetics of the game has you captivated by the vibrant colors and character’s storyline, while having you build your typing skills.

                        8. Daily Quote Typing

                          Need some inspiration? Say no more.

                          Daily Quote Typing is one of many gammes available on Wordgames.com – a website that offers a variety of typing games ranging from different levels based on your experience.

                          With Daily Quote Typing, users are able to type out inspirational quotes by famous leaders, inventors, and innovators such as Mark Twain and Albert Einstein.

                          Bottom Line

                          At the end of the day, discipline and patience is what teaches to type faster. It comes down to making that commitment to improving not only your typing abilities, but in a lifelong skill that benefits other areas in life.

                          By practicing daily and using effective games and apps, it’s only a matter of time before keystrokes will become second nature and your brain will adapt to learning other skills faster.

                          Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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