A guide to Reel App: Host and embed PPT and PDF files without registration

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Sharing images, PPT, and PDF files with students is simple enough, but to view the files online or embed them in a website, you would normally need to complete some sort of registration. That is where Reel App comes along. It is an elegant and simple place to upload images, PDF, and PPT files without registration and then you can share a link where recipients can view the slides or pages online. It even gives you an embed code to put into a blog or website. Here is how it works.

  • Go to Reel App and click on ‘Click to upload images, PPT files or PDFs’. A file manager box will appear and you can choose a file from your computer to upload.

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  • Once you have chosen a file, it will begin to upload. A box will come up ‘Creating your Preso’ and thumbnails will slowly appear below. Depending on the size of the file, it may take a while for images to begin appearing.

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  • Once your file is uploaded, you will be taken to a new page saying, “Your preso is ready to go!’ Give your file a name and description in the boxes provided.
  • You can also give a name and description to each page/slide by clicking on each page/slide and then typing in the information.

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  • At this point, you can also add more images or files by clicking on the ‘Upload more images’ link on the righthand side. After choosing a file, it will say ‘Uploading’ and will spin until it has finished adding the new pages/slides to the thumbnails.

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  • You can also rearrange the pages/slides by simply clicking and dragging the thumbnails around. You can also delete a page/slide by clicking on the grey X in the top-right corner of each page/slide.
  • Once you have finished with the names and descriptions, click on ‘Save Preso’ and a box will appear asking you to confirm locking your presentation. Click on ‘Lock Preso & View Report Page’.

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  • You are now at the report page. If you would like to check out what pages people liked or didn’t like, this is where you will be given up-to-date results. Bookmark this page to return here at any time.

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  • To share the presentation with others, simply copy the URL found just above the ‘Start Preso’ button. A box will appear with a shareable link and the embed code.

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Tlk.io: Create a simple online chat that is embeddable

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Yesterday, I was looking for a simple, registration-free chat tool that I could embed in a website and I stumbled upon tlk.io. This is a really simple way to create an online chat room without registration and it can be embedded into a website. Here is how to create an embeddable chat:

Steps:
  1. Go to tlk.io and scroll down to where it says ’embed wizard’.
  2. Give it a complex name in the ‘Channel name’ box. It doesn’t matter what you call it since it will be embedded in your site, so people don’t need to remember the name. The reason for the complex name is that the room is open to anyone without registering, so a simple name may be accessed by someone who guesses your channel name. I gave mine a series of random letters, numbers, and symbols.
  3. If you know the width and height in pixels you would like to use for your site, change the numbers, otherwise leave it alone. If you want to make the width or height the size of the browser window, click on the 100% boxes. Check off border if you want a border around the embedded chat.
  4. Copy the text in the box on the right and paste that in your website. Note, this is a script enabled code, so it won’t work on some sites such as Edmodo.
Anyone who visits your page can now use the chat function by either typing in a name and sending a message. The layout is simple, but nice. I think this would be a a great tool for backchannel discussions or group chats in the classroom.
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