Thursday, March 31, 2011


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Most of you probably already know how to create Powerpoint presentations. In case you don't there are some guides below. This skills page will focus more on how to find, publish, and share useful presentations. Firstly, it's worth nothing that Powerpoint is not the only option for creating presentations and whereas Powerpoint costs hundreds of dollars to legally purchase, some other optoins are free.

There are also a number of sites that allow people to upload their presentations so that other people can view (and sometimes download) them. Some of these are:
  • Slideshare - largest collection of online presentations. Search for anything and you'll probably find it. 
  • Authorstream - includes the option for users to include audio narration
  • You can also search through thousands of other presentations on these sites.  Here are links to presentations tagged with EFL or ESL
  • Slideshare  search   EFL and ESL Authorstream search  EFL and ESL VoiceThread  ESL   EFL You can also search through these sites using specific terms like 'english grammar' or 'efl education' To search through public Google Presentations, go to and start your search with 'site:
    Here are some specific examples:
    • Some presentations from Prezi, Slideshare and Authorstream can be downloaded, but you'll need to create an account with each in order to do so.  Presentations made with Google Docs can also be downloaded, but there is currently no directory listing the Google Presentations.  You can however go to Google and enter "site:"  before your search term.  (e.g. searching for site: Subordinate conjunctions)

    Downloadable Powerpoints
    Free Presentation Templates (Google Slides & PPT) Google Slides

    How to embed presentations on your blog

    Below a Prezi presentation, click 'embed'.

    You can then select your desired width and copy the embed code.


    From your Powtoon Dashboard, click 'show details' for the desired presentation. 

    Then select the 'share' tab, choose your desired size, and copy the code.  

    On the presentation page (Slideshare or other site), click 'embed' and copy the code. Customize if you wish.
    Create a new post on your blog. Give it a title. Click 'edit html'. Paste the code, label appropriately.

    How to download online presentations
    From Slideshare
    First, log in to your Slideshare or Authorstream account. When users publish presentations, they have the choice of making it available for download or not. If a presentation is downloadable, you'll be able to click on the download link.  You can also select the download option when searching for content, so that you'll only see downloadable presentations. When you find one you'd like to download, you should see a 'download' link at the top of the presentation. Click that and save the file.      
    From Google Presentations
    If you see a Google Presentation embedded on a page (like on this page: ) click Menu
    Then cick the link to the presentation that looks like this
    On that page, click Actions/Download at PPT

    Below are some additional resources.  You don't have to do anything with these.  They are just here for your information. Guides
    Tech How to's

    Google Presentations Guide

    Creating & Publishing a Google Presentation

    Login to your Gmail account and click 'Drive'.

    A new window will opne up. Click 'Create new'/ Presentation'

    Another new window will open. This is your Google presentation.  To create and edit new slides, use the top menu or RIGHT click on slides.

    You can export your presentation as a PDF or Powerpoint file so that you can use it without an internet connection.  Click File/Download as/ and choose your desired file type.

    You can also publish this online others can see it.  To do so, click 'File/Publish to the Web'. 

    Click 'Start Publishing'.

    You will then see the URL (Document Link) and Embed Code (if you'd like to pubish this on your blog). For embed code, you can choose a size that fits best. 

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011


    • Register at PBWorks and upload one of your hot potato activities from week#2. Post a link to it on your blog.
      PBWorks Guide Here
    • Go to the Audio Guide.
      Experiment with recording audio.
      When you're ready, record a short conversation with your partner.
      Topic can be anything you like
      • Things you like about spring in Busan
      • Likes and dislikes of TTP
      • How you might use Audacity in your teaching
      • Who's more handsome - Hyun Bin or Rain?
      Save that audio and post to both of your blogs.

      Advanced Task (optional)
      It is fairly easy to post a link to your hot potatoes activities or audio recordings on your blog.  If you'd like to embed them, an extra step is required.
      To embed hot potato activities, use this code:
            <iframe src="URL Here" frameborder="0" height="500" width="600" scrolling="auto"></iframe>

      To embed an audio file, use this code: 
    <embed flashvars="audioUrl=MP3_FILE_URL" height="27" quality="best" src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="400"></embed>

    If time permits, look at some of the websites listed at the bottom of the audio guide and bookmark (with Diigo) those of interest - remember to share them with the LearningCall group.  You can also continue sampling sites from the Website Buffet (note there's a new section for fun sites).

    Homework:  Post at least one photo with a short description on your blog (can be from work,friends,  family, or anything else).
    Next Week: Subscribe to all TTP Blogs using Google Reader - Google Reader Guide here

    How can I print a Hot Potatoes Crossword Puzzle?

    To print out a Hot Potatoes Crossword puzzle with all the clues listed, click File/Export for Printing

    How can I resize a photo on my blog?

    After you've either uploaded or inserted a photo from an external URL, you shoul dbe able to see resize options when you click on the photo in compose mode. 
    Below is the same image sized differently

    Monday, March 28, 2011

    Google Reader

    RSS Readers  (allow you to subscribe to any site with rss)

    Google Reader was discontinued by Google in July of 2013.  There are a variety of alternatives including Feedly, Bloglines, TheOldReader, and more (listed here).

    Google reader allows you to view an unlimited number of blogs (or any sites with an RSS feed)  on one page.

    To access Google Reader, go to or click on 'reader' from your gmail. 

    To subscribe to a specific blog, click 'add a subscription', paste the address of the blog and 'Add'.

    You can subscribe to  multiple blogs at one time by importing an .opml file.  To do so, click the gear and Reader settings.

    Click import/export.  I have created an opml file with all Fall2012 TTP blogs, as well as categories for EFL Blogs, Bloggers in Korea, & General Tech.  Save this file by going to:
    and clicking 'Download'. 

    Then browse to find it on your computer and 'upload'.

    When that's done 'Back to Google Reader'

    By clicking Feed settings, you can then categorize, unsubscribe, or rename individual feeds. You can also choose to list (titles only) or expand blog posts or get suggestions for other similar blogs (more like this).

    By clicking on a category and then Folder settings, you can  rename, delete, unsubscribe, or find more blogs like those in the folder.

    Sunday, March 27, 2011


    • Register for Diigo. Join the Learning Call Group and then take some time to leisurely Explore Websites and bookmark at least 5 of them and share them with the LearningCall group.
        Diigo Guide here    Megalist of Websites Here
      If you have the time (and interest), write a short blog post about some of the interesting sites you find.
    • Register for a Skype account and add your skype ID to your Google Doc Portfolio. (Note: only * fields are required, others can be left blank if you want) Skype Guide Here
    • If you have the time (and interest) register at PBWorks and upload one of your hot potato activies from last week.  Post a link to it on your blog.
      PBWorks Guide Here
    • If you've finished all of that and/or are eager to experiment with recording and editing audio files, check out the Audio Guide and give Audacity a try.

    Sunday, March 20, 2011

    Skype Guide

    You can register for a skype account there and download the skype program here  (it should already be installed on the TTP Laptops).

    In your skype window, click the 'contact' tab to see all of your contacts.  The 'recent' tab will show all of your recent chats. 
    To add a new contact, type their name or ID into the skype search window.

    Another window will pop up with results.  Click 'Add Contact' to make that person a contact.

    You can adjust setting (including your mic and headset) by clicking Tools/Options.

    Any time you see a contact, you can RIGHT click and call that person, send IM (text chat), send a voicemail or a file. 

    When you are in a skype call, you can mute your mic, activated your video or see the text chat by clicking on the icons shown below.

    You can also add others to the call, by clicking 'Add People', clicking their name and 'Add to call'.
    If you'd like to hang up, click 'end call'.

    When you're in a group chat that you'd like to access again, you can click the write icon (shown below) and change the name.

    Thursday, March 17, 2011

    Diigo Guide

    Diigo is a social bookmarking tool that allows you to save, describe, organize, and share your bookmarks from any computer, any time.  To begin using Diigo....

     Task Summary
     1. Register at
    2. Check your email and
        click activation link
    3. Log in to Diigo
    4. Join the Learning Call Group
    5. If necessary, add the Diigo Chrome extension here or the MSIE digolet here  (backup link)
    5. Start Bookmarking
    Click Join Diigo
    Fill in the basic user info

    Go to your email and click the activation link.

    This part is unnecessary on the PUFS laptops -it's already been done.  I can skip this step and look below
    Go to the Diigo Tools Page
    Click 'Get it in Chrome extension gallery now'
    and then install.

    Once it is installed, you will see a blue 'd' in the upper right corner of your browser. Any time you want to bookmark a page, you can click book mark.  If you'd like to highlight part of the page or create a sticky note, click those. You can also share this link via twitter, facebook, email, and/or create an annotated link.

     Diigo Groups allow you to join other groups of people interested in the same kinds of sites as you.  You can choose to keep bookmarks 'private' if you wish.
    Go to the Learning CALL group page and click 'join this group'.
    Message to owner is optional and you can choose how often you want to receive email notifications of new links to the group (you can change this later).

    Once you've joined a group, when you bookmark a site, you can share you bookmarks more one or more of them when you click bookmark.  Using relevant one word will help you organize your links later. 
    Other groups you may be interested in joining
    To log out of Diigo, click the triangle nex to Feedback and 'Sign Out'.  To see all of your bookmarks, click 'My Library'

    Once you've created your account and installed your diigo Chrome tool,  visit the Megalist of websites, start exploring and bookmarking sites of interest.
    You can also find websites in some of the group listed above or some of these other locations.