Meet Metta, a multi-media presentation application for teachers

Posted on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 @ 10:09 AM

power point alternativesMeet Metta, a multi-media presentation application that allows users to create quick movies from videos, pictures and sounds that are already floating out there on the web. All you have to do is grab them (or upload your own material) to create a mash up presentation.

What’s cool about Metta is that you can insert polls directly into the presentation so that you gain immediate feedback from your viewers.

In addition to the features above, Metta allows users to add text, customize the layout of clips, trim videos and collect them in a library to use later. Once you’re satisfied with your presentation, share it with other users on your Metta channel or embed it into your own website.  

There are three Metta versions to choose from:

Free version: gives users .01 GB of storage and the ability to create an unlimited number of stories. You are limited to 10 poll questions.

$8 version: users receive 1 GB of storage, 100 poll questions, viewing & poll statistics, private sharing, co-editing, custom colors.

$16 version: gives users 10 GB of media storage ability to create 10,000 poll questions and, as with the $8 plan, access to viewing & poll statistics, private sharing, co-editing, custom colors.

To see what Metta is capable of, check out the presentation below.


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Wideo makes creating animated videos as simple as drag & drop

Posted on Tue, Jul 09, 2013 @ 09:07 AM

creating animated videosWe can’t speak for you, but we’ve long since reached our creative threshold with Power Point. There’s no shortage of alternatives to this trusty piece of Microsoft software, but we can say without hesitation that Wideo is our new favorite.

Wideo makes creating animated videos as simple as drag & drop

This free and intuitive app allows you to create sleek presentations and animation videos—you can even upload audio files (voiceover, sound effects, or music) to enhance your animations.

Everything with Wideo is as simple as dragging and dropping. Browse different pieces of animation—thought bubbles, arrows, text, characters, etc.—or upload your own photos onto a customizable canvas. Now you’re free to rotate, resize, move and dictate where you want your images and how you want them to appear.

Wideo is a nice blend of traditional presentation software and video creation software. The movement and segues of your icons, texts and pictures are shown on the timeline below the canvas (as you’ll see in the tutorial video below), but then each individual action is split up for the user into key frames, not slides.

The most obvious use for Wideo is to create animations that accompany your classroom lectures, but we’ve also had our students use it as an alternative to book reports. You can even use it to introduce yourself to your students on the first day of school!



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