21 Online Tools to Help Teachers Make Lectures More Creative

Being a teacher today is not an easy job. It was almost certain that with the rise of technology some parts of the traditional educational system would change, and they have. In today’s digital world, teachers need to constantly engage their students to attract their attention since they are spending more time on mobile phones, tablets and are generally not interested in classical lectures. It is harder than ever, and teachers need to struggle to keep the students’ attention during lectures, because old methods of teaching are simply not interesting any more.

The reason this is happening is because students nowadays rather spend time using gadgets and software tools than writing and reading in a traditional way, and what is more important, they love the new technologies. Since they can get an answer to any question with a single tap on their phones, listening and paying attention to the same old classes can be exhausting.

As an answer to the students’ needs and wishes, teachers need to adapt to these changes, to find new and interactive ways of teaching that students will find amusing and stimulating. If teachers want to remain memorable and pass on valuable knowledge to their students, they need to modify their lectures to make them engaging and effective. And that can be done easily.

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Here we present a list of 21 tools that will help teachers create more interesting lectures.

 

  1. Animoto: helps teachers easily create amazing video lectures that students will love. It is convenient for the classroom or any other presentation meeting.
  2. Socrative: An Interactive tool that teachers can use to get in touch with their students, prepare educational exercises, track progress or give grades. This tool is also ideal for making polls and quizzes.
  3. Prezi: A very neat presentation tool that helps you create, edit and share your unique and visually stunning presentations. If you are too busy to make presentations, there are multiple Prezi templates you can reuse.
  4. Quizlet: It allows teachers to work in a collaborative classroom, and make interactive games and educational tools that will make the students feel special. It is very simple to use, you can create your own content or you can use one of 125 million study sets.
  5. Go!Animate: is a video creation tool that can help you easily create custom, fun, personal or professional animation videos that will hold your students’ attention. It enables you to create videos in a safe online environment, to limit the video distribution to specific student groups, and to moderate the video before it becomes visible to the group. Continue reading >>

A Special Tax Day Announcement- PDF Converter Elite 4 is Now 20% Off

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The tax season is wrapping up and some of you may have already finished your taxes–and some of you may have yet to even start on them.

Whether you are an accounting professional or a tax preparer, you’re probably buried in bank statements, tax invoices, and tax return papers. We know how daunting it can be to manage your documents, especially if you need to edit a bank statement or a tax form and they’re locked in PDF.

As a way of helping you out, we’re offering a 20% discount on our flagship product, PDF Converter Elite 4! Continue reading >>

15 Excel Templates for Small Business Budget Management

excel budget templatesMicrosoft Excel has long been known as one of the best office tools for organizing information and analyzing data. It has long been a staple of every business, big or small, and continues to be one of the most popular tools that companies use to balance their budgets, keep track of expenses and profits, and a whole slew of other important data related functions related to not only organizing relevant business data, but also presenting it to others. Excel also offers a variety of great templates that conveniently help you organize the data you need to store, present or calculate, and many of them can come in very handy to small business owners who don’t have time to waste or workers to spare.

Here are 15 excellent Excel templates that will help any small business owner keep track of expenditures, income and all other budget-related data.

1) Business Budget Template is one of the more basic, but still very effective ones for organizing your company’s budget. Enter all expenses and income by category to know at all times how you are doing financially and whether you need to make any adjustments.

 

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How to Convert a SWF File to PDF

Although there is probably no such computer user who has never heard of Word or Excel file, there are a probably a lot of them who have never heard of SWF file format. This extension stands for small web format and it is usually known among people who deal with multimedia and vector graphics. SWF is actually an extension for a Shockwave Flash file format owned by Adobe. As SWF files contain sound, video and vector based animations, they can be viewed in a web browser with the Flash plugin.

For the same reason that MS Office users convert Word and Excel files to PDF, SWF users also sometimes need to turn their videos into PDF. That can be a tricky thing to do, since most of the regular PDF converters can only deal with text documents and not with videos. Luckily, there is a solution for converting a SWF file to PDF and chances are you have never heard of it before.

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How to Extract Table from a PDF

Being a regular Excel user implies coping with table structures and pie charts for the sake of better data visualization. No matter what type of data you are working with and what its purpose is for you, business or personal, being skilled at making functional Excel tables can make your job or personal life easier, and your data neater and better organized. Working with Excel spreadsheets is usually closely related to working with PDF files – as you all know, the PDF format can be the right choice if you want to preserve your data and not worry if the person you want to send your worksheets to will accidentally alter important information from your document. That being said, your Excel skills alone are not enough, and sooner or later you will need to put your PDF conversion skills to test.

Converting PDF to Excel is probably something you may have some experience with, as there are quite a lot of PDF conversion tools on the market that actually do the job instead of you. But, you cannot expect those tools to help you in every situation, especially when you are dealing with complex PDF tables or you want to extract only a specific table from your PDF. In that case, you will need to learn this extra skill – data extraction. Are you ready? Continue reading >>

Why You Should Consider PDF Converter as an Ecology Protection Tool

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Some people see saving the planet and environment as a necessity and some see it as a trend. There are a lot of ways to contribute to ecology protection, and one way that is at the same time related to technology is to go paperless. The increasing use of paper is considered to be one of the great dangers that threaten our environment. So turning to digital is not just an increasingly popular trend, but rather a means of protecting the environment.

The first thing you do when you decide to go paperless is scan all your documents and get rid of papers, then start using e-banking and managing documents digitally. Not only will you help the environment and save a tree or two, you will also have all your documents stored on a computer – which can be viewed as a productivity trick, because you’ll be able to find data and documents much faster searching on the computer than searching through a pile of papers.

So, you’re probably asking yourself – how is PDF Converter related to this story? Well, once you go digital, you need to manage documents electronically, and you will certainly deal with documents in PDF format. There is a reason for that – PDF is the most popular file format because it keeps the format and the document’s data intact. But there is one catch: if you want to edit the document, you will need a converter that converts PDF files to editable file formats, because the PDF itself is difficult to modify. Continue reading >>

A Quick Guide to Creating References in MS Word 2013

MS Word is probably the most popular writing tool and its usage is widespread. As most of you probably know, every then and now a new version of MS Office appears and with every version you need to spend a bit of time to learn the new tricks and additions to the software. Although it’s been around for some time now, not all MS Word users have mastered MS Word 2013 yet. If you’re among them, you may be interested to learn some handy tips from experienced users, especially if you have some school paper writing to do.

Since we usually rely on different resources to write a research piece or other types of documents that we write in MS Word, it is often necessary to include a list of resources, books and other works you used during your writing process. To add citations, references and bibliographies in MS Word, you’ll find these simple tips helpful.

Follow these straightforward steps to create a reference in your Word document:

Go to References tab, and once you click on Manage sources, the Source Manager window will pop up.

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Ten Things to Consider Before Choosing a Portfolio Management Tool

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Being part of a portfolio management department is a very challenging and responsible role. To make sure the projects in your portfolio are delivered on time, you need to find the most suitable approach, skillful resources and to know how to organize your time and time of other people in the team. As there are tools for every single business operation you can imagine, there are also tools for portfolio management.

In order to choose the right tool for your needs, you have to know your business well and have a clear picture of your technical and functional needs. Simply choosing a tool based on its features as listed and described by the company that produces it would not do you good. So, what questions should you have in mind when considering a portfolio management tool?

   1.   What is the quality/cost ratio of the tool?

Of course, no matter how big your budget is, you will always have in mind the price of the product you are buying. Cheaper tools usually aren’t of high quality, but don’t rush to buy the most expensive one as the price doesn’t guarantee the highest quality. What you need is to calculate the quality/cost ratio and compare it with your needs. Don’t forget to include software implementation and training costs in your total software cost. Continue reading >>

Project Collaboration Tip – How to Retain All Comments from Your Source Documents

If you work in a team environment, you must know how hard it can be to collaborate with your team workers. It doesn’t matter if it is a big or a small team, and how well you get along with your colleagues, it is necessary to set up some project collaboration rules in order to manage your projects efficiently.

Since there are different types or work, there are different types of project collaboration, but almost every single project is closely related to some kind of document management. Each team member is usually assigned his or her own part of the project, so one should expect no problems when it comes to data overlapping. But, as a project is coming to its close, all parts of the project need to be exchanged for evaluation or just connected as a whole.

When evaluating your colleagues’ work, it may happen that you cannot follow what a colleague has done thus far and you need an explanation. Luckily, MS Office applications have the option to leave comments, so if you’re working in MS Office, you’ll be able to see your colleague’s explanation and comments in a Word document or in a specific row of an Excel spreadsheet. That can be very useful if many people work on the same document.

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Learn Excel by Yourself: Tips, Resources, Tutorials

We can trace Microsoft Office to the beginnings of the digital age. And it has grown since then. In the past, being skillful with MS Office programs was considered an advantage and today it is compulsory to know at least the basics.

MS Excel is certainly one of the most used MS Office formats. Because of its popularity, there are tons of Excel resources on the Internet which makes searching for helpful material very time-consuming and your effort to learn Excel even harder. But don’t give up before you have started. It is just a matter of patience and time before you realize that you’re using Excel in everyday and business operations. To do so, you just need to know what to look for and where.

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Excel Tips – Solutions to Specific Excel Problems or Tasks

If you already know how to use Excel but you are looking for specific Excel tips, these are some of the blogs that give you the best insight into what you need.

My Online Training Hub is a treasure trove of free Excel tips and tutorials on all topics from Formulas, PivotTables, charting and dashboards.

Contextures explains how to copy numbers only in Excel, how to make an interactive dashboard chart in a drop-down list or how to compare Excel worksheet values and formulas.

The Spreadsheet Guru has a wide range of Excel tips, from basic things on how to password protect your Excel file to very advanced VBA Excel functions. Here you can learn how to make your own functions or add-ins with VBA and totally extend the Excel functionality.

Clearly and Simply explains difficult things the easy way. It helps you with data visualization and data analysis by showing you how to present data in Excel. For instance, it shows you how to create Excel choropleth maps, motion charts, animated charts like gapminder, or how to make cartograms in Tableau.

Chandoo is a true gem when speaking of advanced Excel tips. If you want to become an Excel pro, this is the right place. You can learn to apply conditional formatting, perform better data analysis by making pivot tables, write and debug advanced formulas etc.

Excel y VBA is a Spanish blog for Excel users of all levels. It provides you with Excel and VBA exercises and different functions examples. It also provides good tips on how to learn to use Excel for data analysis. Continue reading >>