Five Websites to Create Christmas Video Cards Free

christmas greeting cardsChristmas is almost here! Have you already sent out Christmas greeting cards to all your family members, friends and business contacts? Well, if you haven’t, do not despair or stop that wonderful tradition this year just because you think there simply isn’t time anymore (or money for that matter) to buy cards, envelopes, postage stamps and mail them out in time to each recipients’ mailbox before Santa arrives.

We researched and listed five great websites that let you create not just regular Christmas cards, but video Christmas cards. And best of all, they are all free! These websites will not only save you time and money, but will help you preserve trees and send creative, personalized video Christmas wishes.

1) Llerah Christmas Video Cards

This is an old website with hundres of videos available. There are videos for occassion and 119 videos are made for Christmas. You can share the video on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and you can personalize the video before sending it. However, personalized card are not free. You need to pay a small fee, $10 per year, to get a personalized card.

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2) GoAnimate offers simple video making tools for creating and publishing videos Internet-wide. These tools allow users to fully customize their videos. The users can create custom characters, import images and even record voices. Wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in your own voice to all your relatives and friends without actually calling them.

 

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3) Christmas Cards and Video Greetings

This is a mobile app available only for iPhone and iPad users. The app is free but it has an in-app purchase- you can have longer recording at the price of $1.99 and it is an one time price. This app is very easy to use, just select a card template and record a video.

4) Regards

There are 54 Christmas cards available. Most of them are flash animations and you need to have a Flash player plugin in order to see them. There are also some regular cards in form of an image, which you can use to send an electronical Christmas card.

5) Blue Mountain

There are tons of interactive cards for Christmas and other holidays, as well as printable cards. The video can be replayed over and over again and sent for free as a link. If you want to personalize it further, you need to have Flesh installed on your computer.

We hope you find these websites helpful and fun.

We wish you a happy holiday season and a successful 2017!

Your PDFConverter.com Team

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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 online tools that will help teachers create more interesting lectures.

Animate Your Students with Video Lectures

 

Animoto: helps teachers easily create amazing video lectures that students will love. It is convenient for the classroom or any other presentation meeting.

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.

PlayPosit: is a tool for embedding questions and comments in Youtube videos for students to answer as they watch.

 

Create Compelling Presentations

 

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.

Office Mix: is an add-on for PowerPoint, perfect for teachers who want to make interactive presentations by adding polls, questions, simulations, and much more.

Piktochart: is a powerful tool for creating infographics that can captivate the students’ even more. It also has pre-made templates to use if you are too busy to create templates from scratch.

Timeline JS is an easy-to-use open-source tool that enables, both amateur and professional users to make astonishing and visually appealing interactive timelines. You can combine several ways how you wish to create your timeline, but at the end, the final result will always be breathtaking.

 

Have Better Communication with Students

 

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.

Padlet: is an online school backpack you can use to create a welcome board where students can introduce themselves, or to create a whole lesson which you can share with a restricted number of users. The process of sharing or restricting access and editing text is similar to working in Google Drive, but interface is more school-friendly.

 

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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 tips and tricks 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 and Tricks – Solutions to Specific Excel Problems

If you already know how to use Excel but you are looking for specific Excel tips and tricks, 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 tricks, 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 and tricks, 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 tips and tricks, VBA exercises and different functions examples. It also provides good tips on how to learn to use Excel for data analysis. Continue reading >>

Must-Have Tools for Writing a Research Paper

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One way or another, all students need to write a research paper. Choosing the topic is the easiest part but when it comes to putting that topic on paper, it becomes tricky. From doing research and making notes, through literature management and team evaluation, to writing the thesis statement and headline, and finally checking grammar and spelling, it’s easy to conclude that it takes much time and effort to wrap up a research paper. Luckily, there are tons of tools that can help you out, so let’s get started:

I Research Tools

Research is the most important part of every research paper. It implies a lot of creativity and consistency. There is no tool that can do the research for you, but at least some of them can help you save time and better organize the materials and information you come across. Internet libraries such as World Digital Library or ipl2 are historical databases with a lot of knowledge treasure you can find. Once you’ve found everything you need to start writing, it’s wise to have Evernote to organize your collection.

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II Evaluation and Preparation Tools

Okay, you found everything you need, so now it’s time to sort things out and see what can be used and how. Mendeley is a good reference management program for managing your literature. It makes every literature review process easier and your research more organized. Once you have sorted out your literature collection and organized your data, the next step is evaluation. For this you need team collaboration tools, because you need to get feedback from someone else, your college peer or a professor. There are really tons of such tools but Dropbox is maybe the most reliable. Dropbox keeps your research paper safe and at the same time easily accessible to other people you want to get involved in the evaluation. Sometimes you will have to make historical charts, statistical tables or any other form of data that implies using spreadsheets. In that case, Microsoft Excel is the number one choice. There is no better tool than MS Excel for organizing data, but if you prefer to put your data in the cloud, you can use Google Sheets and still do excellent work.

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Flashback into the 80’s Office

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“The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good.”

If you remember this quote and its author then, you’re most likely an 80’s fan. The epic“ Wall Street” movie and Michael Douglas’s Oscar-winning role of Gordon Gekko, a greedy Wall Street con artist distinctively portrays the office environment and business style of the well-known decade.

The era of emerging technologies, first yuppies and spectacular financial frauds has, for better or worse, left a huge impact in history and a nostalgic sentiment in our hearts.

In the last few years, several movies following the same thematic have been released causing many of us reminisce about this time. The first thing that rings a bell is the 80’s corporate fashion which was so over the top – fluffy hairdos, suits with shoulder pads and suspenders as a must have men’s accessory. From today’s perspective, it is safe to say that 80’s may have gone but they’re certainly not forgotten. When it comes to generating new ideas and competing in creativity across industries, this retro epoch is often used as an inspiration.

For now, let’s stay on technology path and take a look at what has really changed.

Probably the most popular item in the 80’s business world was the brick phone. The first portable cellular phone, known as “the brick” was Motorola DynaTAC, a revolutionary and statement-making accessory.  At time when most people talked via landline telephones, owning this bulky device was a trait that separated business sharks from other fish in the pond. Now, 30 years later, with smartphone technology advancing each day one would consider a brick phone a toy or a collector’s item. Well, UK’s Binatone is obviously taking it seriously since they produce their own “Meet the Brick” and let you travel back in time -80’s style.

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Another great accessory from the 80’s was the well-known Casio calculator watch. As its name says, it was basically a digital watch with a built-in calculator. Everyone used to wear it, from academics to musicians. Aspiring businessmen preferred more advanced models that had additional functions such as phonebook and appointment reminder. The frenzy about this watch was very similar to the one about Apple Watch we are experiencing today. You can still find it on Amazon and Ebay or if you already own an Apple Watch or any other iOS device, you can download Geek Retro Calculator Watch application and  have the best of both worlds.

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First Apple’s personal computer Macintosh 128k that appeared in the 80’s was considered a milestone in the success of the Apple brand as we know it today. However, at that time the competition was strong since Commodore 64 was already a big hit among offices around the world as well as Epson’s first notebook and handheld computer which had advanced features and could perform intricate operations for that time. Epson HX-20 was in fact, the closest to what MacBook stands for today.

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80’s business affairs were all about flamboyance and making a statement to impress the other party. Probably the best scene that captivates this is from another awesome movie called “American Psycho” where Patrick Bateman and his co-workers are fighting the “silent war” over who has the best designed business card. Believe it or not, business cards were extremely important part of business etiquette and could tell a lot about person’s status and success. Today, with social networks such as LinkedIn, you don’t have to go so deep into presenting yourself to potential associates.

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What is your favorite 80’s gadget and what do you think were the quirks of that time?

 

 

 

 

 

6 Ways You Can Use Internet to Spice up Your Statistics Course

Back in the old days, statistics was considered a political science and used to describe government and political arrangements of states. Today, statistics is best known as the science of learning from data. It deals with data collection, analysis, organization, presentation and interpretation. It is applied to many different fields such as medicine, biology, astronomy, engineering, economy, marketing…etc.

Let’s face it, this sounds like a typical introduction found in almost every statistics course book or newbie learning guide. Most teachers will approve of such introduction. It offers clear facts on the meaning and importance of the subject. There is just one minor glitch. Odds are that most students will find this introduction boring. The probability of their falling in love with statistics after such introduction is very low. Of course, this is just a hypothesis, so feel free to experiment.

 

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13 Inspirational Pinterest Boards for All Things Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and you haven’t even started your preparations? That’s very unlikely, since there are pumpkins, spiders, black cats and “boo’s” in all forms, colors and shapes scaring us from almost every window shop, and reminding us that it’s time to get ready for what’s probably the most entertaining holiday in a year.

However, if due to a hectic schedule you really are behind with the Halloween warm-up, and don’t really know where to start your search for original costumes, home decorations, gifts and food, don’t get scared yet! Thinking about you, we went straight to one of the best sources of creative ideas on the Web – Pinterest, and did some research for you. We hope our collection of 13 inspirational pinboards with all things Halloween will come handy. Everything you need for this year’s horrendously fun October 31 is waiting for you in there!

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25 Must-Follow Pinterest Boards for CPAs and Accountants

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Pinterest is one of the most popular photo-sharing websites that allows users to create their own image boards where they can “pin” images they like. People usually start by creating different boards for different categories of their interest spheres: art, food & drink, geek, design, technology, travel, etc. Then they start filling each of their boards with photos, illustrations or videos that belong in that group, either by adding visuals they created or browsing the Internet to find good content, or by repinning images they like on other Pinterest users’ boards.

If you’ve ever used or just seen a Pinterest account, you know that many of these pins are light, humorous aspects of a topic or interest sphere. So, one would think that serious, intellectual content for CPAs and accountants-to-be doesn’t belong to such a fun-sharing portal. You’d be surprised!

Pinterest hosts many Pinterest boards designed for accountants, bankers and other finance professionals, but also those who are just entering this exciting field. Pins in the CPA and accounting category are there to:

– Motivate
– Provide money-saving tips and other frugal advice
– Offer sympathy to CPA exam takers
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Top Websites for Finding Academic and Professional Events Worldwide

finding conferences seminars meetingsSeminars and conferences, expos, trade shows and all sorts of other business and academic meetings, represent a great opportunity for learning more and increasing one’s expertise in a particular field. Business owners, entrepreneurs, sales managers and representatives, marketers and other professionals mostly attend such gatherings in their respective industries with the primary goal of promoting their products and services, discovering new business opportunities or meeting potential partners. Many conferences and seminars are educational in character and purpose and as such, help both experienced and young professionals brush up their skills, grow their knowledge, and became greater experts in their fields.

Web and modern technology have made it easy to browse and find interesting conferences, seminars or any other important gatherings in virtually any industry – anywhere in the world. To help you, we collected some of the best websites for discovering events in your field, wherever you are: Continue reading >>

14 Alternatives to SlideShare for Top-Notch Presenters

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SlideShare is the world’s largest and leading online community for hosting, discovering and sharing presentations. It is safe to say that SlideShare has become a must-have tool in every presenter’s toolbox today. Business professionals, teachers, public speakers and students alike often use it to find inspiration and ideas, learn or present their own work here. However, SlideShare is not the only website that specializes in hosting and sharing presentations. There are other great, high-quality sites, SlideShare alternatives that let you upload, host and create or discover great presentations and slideshows shared by other presenters.

1. AuthorStream –  a free platform for uploading, hosting and sharing PowerPoint presentations online. It has a pretty large user base and helps you discover great presentations in various categories. Some of the categories are business and finance, education, product manuals, science, technology, and many others.

2. Moovly  – With Moovly you can create, change and freely share your videos with no hustle. The Moovly library includes thousands of videos and images you can download without any limit. It’s one of the best online video animation software you can find online.

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