Powerpoint Meets Chalk: Ubiquitous Presenter

by Stephanie Chasteen on June 15, 2010

I blog on using technology to enhance student engagement over at The Active Class. My most recent post was about Ubiquitous Presenter — a free way to add interactive ink to your slides.  Here is an excerpt:

When the screen lights up, students take it as a cue to tune out.  We’ve all had this experience — we scan the slide, and while we wait for the presenter to read through their bulleted list, we daydream about what we’re having for dinner tonight.

We can combine the best of traditional chalk with Powerpoint, and use programs that allow you to ink up your Powerpoint interactively. This digital+interactive blend is the driver behind Smartboards and other interactive whiteboards, and with a tablet PC you can also add drawings and other annotations to slides.  I wanted to highlight one particularly  useful (free!)  tool that was designed by science education researchers, specifically for educators.    Ubiquitous Presenter is a free tool designed for use with a Tablet PC, to interactively ink slides, AND allow students to add their own ink from their seats.

Check out the whole post for more.

My fellow bloggers have got some good articles too, about how to use technology to add life to your lecture.  One recent post by SidneyEve Matrix suggests using the short 5-minute snazzy Ignite presentation style to jazz up your lectures and student presentation.  As an Ignite fan, I love it!

Got some topics or questions you think I should cover on that blog?  Please, let me know!


Rhett June 15, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Interesting site (The Active Class) – and yes, I have an idea for something for you to blog about.

How about a review of the different ways of having online office hours? I was reading a post somewhere and a lot of commenters were saying that it turned out to be a positive experience. I am all about positive experiences.

sciencegeekgirl June 15, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Ooh, what a great suggestion, Rhett, I hadn’t heard of online office hours. Thanks for the suggestion!

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