Presentation Tools

PRESENTATION TOOLS

PREZI

PREZI is an online zooming presentation tool that is a creative and flexible alternative to ordinary slide shows like PowerPoint and Keynote that allows you to think and work in creative and non-linear ways. You can use “Prezi to add drama and sophistication to all your presentations.” But best of all…it’s  FREE. Check this out.

And there are 3 online tutorials available from the site that will show you all you need to know. Even I could follow them! A bonus is that since Prezi is an online tool, every Prezi that is made is stored on  the site so there are lots of examples to check out,  use as a model or adapt.

ANIMOTO

Animoto is BRILLIANT! So easy to use and quick. It creates professional and very spick presentations that kids from year one or two all the way to us teachers could use for so many things.

Show students how to use it and within minutes they could use some photos they had brought from home on memory stick to make a great presentation about their holidays or even introduce themselves and what was important to them. It’s so simple that you won’t even need this tutorial.

PHOTOSTORY

This is an oldie but a goodie. A free download it creates wonderful slide shows that give the user more direct control over the way the presentation looks. So I would use it when I wanted my students to think about emphasis or visual  literacy. It might not be as slick as Animoto but it has so much value in an educational setting and digital storytelling.  Unfortunately is it only for PC’s. This tutorial is very helpful.

PHOTOPEACH

This is a bit like Animoto but not quite a slick and dramatic in it’s final product but well worth checking out.Here is a tutorial designed by a teacher for her class. Tutorial

VUVOX

A simple  to use but really cool presentation tool with lots of different options for backgrounds, image effects etc. Sort of like a sliding scrapbook

VOICETHREAD

This is an outstanding multi-media tool. It allows you to add images, text, voice and to annotate pictures as you go. You can then create discussion with others very easily –  a great collaborative tool with an enormous potential. One of my favourites. Learn more at this tutorial.

Want some great ideas about how you might use Voice Thread in your classroom. Check out these two sites: 100 Ways to use Voice Thread in the Classroom and 26 Interesting Ways to use VoiceThread in the Classroom

SMILEBOX

This is a great presentation tool. It claims to be the “convergence of digital scrapbooking, egreetings and photo sharing” and it is! You can easily create slideshows, scrapbooks, postcards and photo books from photos and pictures with music if you want. Then you can email them, post them to your blog or even on YouTube. Helpful tutorial

MUSEUM BOX

Imagine a display that you might see at a museum. These displays contain things like artefacts, movies, images and text. They might tell a life story or describe an historical event. It might build an argument about something like global warming or to identify the storyline of a book or investigate a work of art.

Museum Box lets you create a 3D virtual box, like a museum display. You can see other boxes and even give feedback about them. This has so many possibilities especially for our visual and concrete learners.Check it out on this video

PHOTOSYNTH

This is pretty amazing. Photosynth lets you take a lot of overlapping pictures of an object or place and turn them into a panorama or 3D representation. The site even has a simple to follow set of instructions.

 

haiku deckHAIKU DECK

Originally an app but now available as a Web tool. Haiku Deck is one of my absolute favourite presentation tools – it is simple and elegant. It is very much like a scaled down Keynote or Powerpoint so students can use it quickly and effectively for anything from a digital story, slide show or to reflect of their learning or even as an exit ticket as the leave to class. Best of all the Decks can be made public to give students the opportunity to share their work with the world. It is a real community as there are 100’s of Decks on all sorts of topics available to use.

 

Screen Shot 2016-01-14 at 2.47.18 PMTHEMATIC.CO

This is a lovely simple site for creating and sharing stories using picture with short captions. You can upload up to 20 images and the scroll like story rolls vertically. Students can keep their stories private or share them via email or insert them into a blog or even Twitter and Facebook. This would be a very simple way to tell the story of anything that happened in a sequence, maybe to retell excursions, experiments or historic events.

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