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Procertas--Technology Training & Assessment for Law Students
Procertas is an online tool to help you learn and practice specific tasks in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF editing that are commonly done in law practice.
Villanova law students, faculty, and staff can set up a Procertas account for free, and with successful completion of the Legal Technology Assessment (LTA) exercises you can download and display digital badges to show off your competence in these tasks. Please see the Procertas Libguide for more information about this program.
Subscription Software Available at Villanova
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Record audio, video and screen captures
Used primarily to create interactive discussions
Provided by UNIT
Trial Director for iPad
Free scaled-down app version of the Windows-platform Trial Director software (cost for that version is approximately $800/license). Can project, mark up and zoom in on documents, images and videos. Link above is to blog with review and use tips.
Free, "public" version allows creation of unlimited number of presentations but they are open and searchable to the public. Private presentation plans start at $5/mo. More dynamic than PowerPoint, easy to use but formatting is more limited than PPT & transcript is not as readable as printed PPT slides/handouts. Can import existing files, converting to prezi. See sample presentation: http://tinyurl.com/hv6rddc
Product is part of Zoho Docs line and allows you to create, collaborate, share and present slide presentations. Browser based so can use and present on different types of devices no matter what operating system is used. Collaborate feature is especially impressive as is broadcast option--viewers do not need to download software to view presentation.
Requires creation of Google account to use. Create, present and collaborate--comment on slides or share link to presentation with anyone (they do NOT need a Google account to view). Can import/convert PowerPoint slides and have option to download Google Slides in ppt format. Background/design options are limited but can import photos from Google Images.
Free presentation software with option to upgrade. Design and feature options for the free account are more limited than the free versions of prezi, zoho etc but emaze's templates do provide already embedded animations for more dynamic presentations and its easy to insert different file types directly into the presentation (with the exception of non-secure weblinks--only allows use of https links rather than http).
Free subscription service that sends you a free app each day to download (or not) if it interests you. Select your platform (iOS, Android or iPad). While many apps are free, some are offered at a deeply discounted price and would require purchase to use.
iPad and iPhone app that allows you to create, email/download and project diagrams and flowcharts. Cost is $7.99. Link above is to blog with a review and tips for use.
iPhone or iPad app that allows you to add text to a picture. Blog above provides step-by-step instructions for using the app. Cost is $3.99 in App store
Find & Edit Images
Collection of photos with open licenses. Check boxes at top of screen to limit to those that allow modification of the photo and/or permit commercial use. Search functionality is not very sophisticated.
Search engine that sorts through Flickr photo sharing site. Run a search and then click on the "Creative Commons" filter on the left to limit search to only free photos. Be sure to "View License Agreement" for each photo as there may be limitations on its use (example, many do not permit the photo to be used for commercial gain). Or click the Commercial filter to view photos that can be purchased. Search by keyword, limiting search to either "tags" or "all text"
Google Image Search
Run a search in the main search box then click on the "Tools" link at the top right of the results list. Secondary menu pops up. Click on "Usage Rights" drop down menu and select one of the options allowing reuse. Those that don't include the word "noncommercial" DO permit commercial use of the photo.
All images are free and can be used for both commercial and noncommercial purposes. The only restriction is that identifiable people in the photo not be presented in a bad light (negative alterations of photo not allowed). Not as extensive as some other photo services but do not need to worry about different types of licensing as they are culled from open license stock photo collections.
Another free, Commercial Commons open license photo site. Collection is not as extensive as other sources. Does include pay-for-use photos from Shutterstock at top of the results list.
New York Public Library Digital Collections
Newly updated and enhanced. Click into search box to see "search only public domain materials" box pop up. Check box in front of that option before searching to limit search to open license photos. Use primarily for vintage photos. Can limit by topic, type of image (map, photo, etc) and can include a date range.
Link is to personal version but small business version is available as well that allows for batch loading and other advanced features. Cost starts at $5.95/mo for 20 pictures/month going up to $199.95/mo for 2000 pictures/month or you can save up to 25% by paying annually (see the FAQs page for more details: http://burner.bonanza.com/burn_memberships/faq)
Images with Impact: Design and Use of Winning Trial Visuals by
Call Number: 3rd Floor: KF8915 .R88 2017
Publication Date: 2018
Video hosting site similar to Youtube but is not as expansive. Search by keyword and then refine by category or date last updated.
Video hosting site. Typically has more videos than Vimeo but more accessible to the public so videos may be of lesser quality. Video hosting platform of choice for many educational institutions and government agencies. Use filters drop down menu to refine search. No tagging--search is across text provided in video descriptions & video owner/author information.
Search for videos, archived tv programs, audio and music.
The Open Video Project
Video archive created and maintained by the Library and Information Science School at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mostly education videos. Can search by genre or even by duration to find short clips.
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Trial & Presentation Blogs & Newsletters
Court Technology and Trial Presentation
Blog authored by attorney and trial presentation consultant. Search by keyword or browse by date for product reviews, tech tips and other articles. Can subscribe to email notifications.
42 Essential Apps for Trial Lawyers (2016)
Blog post hosted by IMS ExpertServices company. Reviews apps that assist with Transcript Review, Legal Research, Dockets, Trial Presentation & Prep and e-Discovery, among other areas.
Trial and Litigation iPad Apps
University of Wisconsin-Madison Law Library guide featuring short product describe, price (if applicable) and access information.