All Presentations are not the Same

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Have a classroom presentation coming up and want to try something new to engage your learners? There are many options for you! Some of these options incorporate PowerPoint, and others are a PowerPoint alternative. My advice? Pick one and test it out!


The above link to Prezi will bring you to a presentation ABOUT Prezi. You see, Prezi is not just a presentation tool. It is non-linear and, if created correctly, tells a story by engaging the viewer using zoom and focus. Prezi has many tutorials available, content can be shared and viewed on or off-line.  You can also CLICK THIS LINK to view Prezi’s tutorial channel.

Haiku Deck

I am a huge Haiku Deck fan! In fact, I used Haiku deck to create all of my lecture slides this semester. CLICK HERE to read my blog post about Haiku Deck. The app is amazing. I created my slides and imported into PowerPoint so that I could also embed video and active links. I saved the slides as well as a .pdf to upload to my class Moodle shell.

Google Docs

Google Docs allows users to create slides similar to PowerPoint. Although I am not a huge fan of the themes/layouts, it is easy to use and the collaboration feature is very nice.


Keynote is Apple’s version of PowerPoint. I like it much better than PowerPoint. To me, it is more visually appealing and I like the choice of transitions and themes.


Powtoon creates animated video presentations. “To make your video, simply drag and drop the characters to the movie area and add text. A great feature is the ability to import straight to YouTube, no hassle, no fuss.” -AvatarGeneration View this simple video created by FixUp:

…or this one about Cloud computing:

Slideshare allows you to easily share the slides you have created on a blog or Moodle site. Voicethread  also allows the user to create slides with audio functionality. Collaborators may input a voicethread as well to a slide or picture.

What I enjoy are the tools that allow the instructor to not only present information, but engage the audience. Some of these tools are apps, others are web-based. Some of the tools push content to student devices so that they may follow along and others will not only push content, but will engage with questions and feedback.

Doceri :   CREATE hand-drawn lessons, presentations and graphics and SHARE them as still images, PDFs or audio/video screencasts – or mirror anything you’ve created to Apple TV via AirPlay. (via Doceri)

Mighty Meeting :  Share slides, images and whiteboards, push content to student devices

Create presentation videos using ShowMe, Explain Everything, or Screenchomp.

Try presenting using Presentain. Launch the Presentain app and use your smartphone as a clicker and presentation tool. It pushes content to student devices and allows them to engage with polls. Nearpod is very similar app that pushes content, adds polls but also has the ability to send web pages to student devices, then click off and back to the slide show with instructor control. Watch this video for more information!


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