Thursday, May 6, 2010

Make a custom Google Map

Beth Helm created the following 3 minute, 30 second screencast explaining how to create a custom Google Map. The only things I'd add to this excellent overview are:

  1. Remember you can use the Google Maps search bar FIRST before dropping a placemark and editing it. You can also pan and zoom within the displayed map view, so you can get the exact place you want to mark.
  2. Remember to click the RICH TEXT option when editing a placemark if you want to add a hyperlink or image, as Beth demonstrated.
  3. Remember to copy the direct link or embed code for a specific map by clicking the LINK button in the upper right corner of you map, instead of just copying the website shown in your web browser's address bar at the top as you work on your map.

Great job Beth!

Make a PowerPoint with 20 photos FAST

Kylee Woodard created this 1 min, 50 second screencast showing how to create a PowerPoint presentation VERY quickly using all the images in a single folder. In this case she used 20 pictures which she had downloaded/saved for her Pecha Kutcha presentation. Great demo Kylee!