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If you have a Mac, you can now create interactive books for iOS devices such as iPad, iPod or iPhone. All you need to do is download the free iBook Author app. Learn more.
LibreOffice is a free office suite available for all major operating systems including Windows, OS X, and Linux. One important feature is the option to import and save to Microsoft Office. Its latest version is 4.0.
Camtasia allows you the opportunity to record your screen and your video camera simultaneously. It also has some convenient tools such as magnifying area, video editing, transitions and the option to share your video on YouTube, among others. Its interface is intuitive, making it easy for everyone. The most common use is creating video lessons with visual aids such as PowerPoint or Keynotes presentations but it can also be used for software support videos.
The Attendance module is designed for teachers to be able to take attendance during class, and for students to be able to view their own attendance record.
A teacher can mark the attendance status of a student as "Present", "Absent", "Late", or "Excused". These status descriptions are configurable, and more can be added. The teacher adds Attendance as an activity of a course, and then sets up the sessions whose attendance is to be tracked.
The Attendance module can generate reports for either the entire class or for individual students. Students may also see their own attendance record if the activity is not hidden.
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