As you look over the following, consider giving students a choice in how they will present the information or concept.

Emaze

http://www.emaze.com
Truly dynamic presentation software with awesome graphics and transitions

Samples and Ideas

Presentations for students and faculty or give students a choice to use Emaze for their presentations.
Powered by emaze


Pros

It's free.
Easy to use
Lots of professional eye-catching templates, including infographic templates, holiday-themed templates, tutorial templates, biography templates for reports, etc.
You can easily add images, charts, and videos.
Easy to embed or share via email or popular social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc.
You can hide buttons and set it to autoplay when getting the embed code.

Cons

You must sign up to create an Emazing presentation.
Just like with Prezi, your audience may become a little dizzy, especially if you progress through some of the templates a bit fast.


Prezi

http://prezi.com
Create nonlinear presentations that zoom in and out

Samples and Ideas

Create presentations or have students create presentations.




Pros
Creates interesting presentations which are much less boring than PowerPoint.

Cons

Non-linear presentations can be a bit disconcerting for those who are linear thinkers, so don't pack too much information into a prezi!




Mixbook

http://www.mixbook.com/
Create a scrapbook style presentation.

Samples and Ideas

Highlight award winning books
Highlight genres
Alternative to book reports
Author studies http://www.mixbook.com/photo-books/education/pookie-s-pearl-4974032
Historical Periods research: http://www.mixbook.com/photo-books/education/middle-ages-3737083
Animal Reports: http://www.mixbook.com/photo-books/education/the-mali-uromastyx-2997437

Pros

Very easy to use
Students can create a mixbook and share the link, embed it into a webpage, or invite you as a collaborator.

Cons

Pro: Very easy to use
Cons: requires email, can be overwhelming because there are so many choices.




Voki

http://www.voki.com/

Samples and Ideas

Library Introduction/Website Introduction
Students doing commercials for their section
Book talks
Definitions of vocabulary words

Pros

Pros: easy to use, can upload file or by phone

Cons

Requires an email. Can't search what others have done but can share your own with others. Currently does commercial free for teachers, but this changes quite frequently during the school year, and can be glitchy.



Podcasts

Making the Audio Files: Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Uploading the Files: Podbean https://www.podbean.com/

Samples and Ideas

http://advancedvocabulary.podbean.com/

Pros

Students can create projects in audacity and save to a central location for teachers to review and then upload
Easy to set up an account

Cons

Would have to download audacity on every computer
Can be a little complicated
Podbean requires email





Slideshare.net

Upload your PowerPoints or Open Office presentations and embed a widget of it into websites or wikis.

Samples and Ideas




Pros

You can embed your presentation as a widget, so you don't use up precious file storage space on your website or wiki.
You can quickly share presentations on social networking sites like Twitter, Linkdin, and Facebook.
You can set your presentations to public or private.
You can embed Youtube videos into your presentation.
You can search other users' PowerPoints and access all your PowerPoints anywhere you have internet access.
It's free!

Cons

You must register with an email as with most online applications.

Show Me

http://www.showme.com/
Create tutorials in which you can incorporate screenshots and pictures with drawing and audio.

Samples and Ideas

View showme presentations from different content areas at http://www.showme.com/learn
Have students create a showme presentation to demonstrate their learning through thinking (mind) maps such as a Venn diagram comparing characters, or a plot line. Students can record their voices as they write or draw. They can also insert pictures to represent people, places, or ideas.
Create tutorials and embed them into your website.

Pros

It's free!
Presentations can only be created on an ipad using the ipad app. However, anyone may search for relevant public showme presentations to show their students via a search box or tag cloud .
Presentations can be classified as public or private and may be embedded into a website. You can advertise them via Facebook ad Twitter.
There is no limit to the number of showme presentations you can make.

Cons

You can not currently download the presentations, only embed them online.
Be aware of room noise when recording and don't cover the microphone.
There is no PC version in the works, but the creators are considering creating an app for androids.



FlipSnack

http://www.flipsnack.com
Upload PDFs to create virtual books
FlipSnack Instructions:

Samples and Ideas

Student books
Vocabulary books with pictures
Commonly misspelled words with definitions

QR Code Sample:
http://www.flipsnack.com/57A66C97C6F/f7ksr33n

I Search Example:
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FD66AD9E8C/fhpmaxt7

Pros

Easy to customize and upload.
You can easily sign in with Facebook, Google, and other popular sites.

Cons

File format is narrow only
Not a lot of privacy settings
It costs money to get the embed code or to download which is why there is a link above under Samples. It didn't cost anything.
You can only store 3 flip books for free.


Haiku Deck

http://www.haikudeck.com
Create a a beautiful slideshow without all the bells and whistles and embed it.

Samples and Ideas

Present instructions for a project and embed it into your website/wiki
Book promotion
Have students create a haiku deck to demonstrate something.
Students can also use Haiku Deck to create a summary of a book or story.


Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

Pros

Free
Several layouts
None of the bells and whistles that students get too caught up in.
You can embed them easily into other sites.

Cons

There can be some inappropriate content, so be cautious.
No sound option but you can use Screenr to narrate over it.



PowToon

http://www.powtoon.com
Create cool animated videos that can incorporate characters, pictures, and music.
Create animated cartoons.

Samples and Ideas

Use PowToon to create introductions to lessons, projects.
Spotlight tools or events.
Have students use it to report or create a book trailer.




A great Powtoon video by Katelin McClure about thinking before you post:


Pros

There free templates that you can easily edit or you can start from scratch.
User friendly interface which isn't difficult to figure out.
You can access it on their website or upload for free to YouTube or Wistia.
It gives you four different size options when creating your embed code. The smallest option was used for the widget above.
You can also set it to private so search engines can't find it.
Allows you to share via Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, or Google+
No storage limit.
No limit to the amount of your own art you can upload and insert.
Now all totally free!
Easy to download

Cons

5 minute limit


Awesome Screenshot

http://awesomescreenshot.com
Capture and annotate part or all of a website and then save it or share it.

Samples and Ideas

Use for technology courses or presentations.
Have students come up and annotate items such as citations.
Share annotated screenshots or webpages on social media or upload to Google Drive.
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Pros

Easily install this extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
Easily download, save on the awesomescreenshot.com website, save in Google Drive, email, or share on Facebook and Twitter.
You can capture and annotate all of a webpage, the visible part of a page, or a small section of a page.
No registration required to use.

Cons

Though there was an undo button, I could not find an erase button.
Because it's an extension, you can only use it on webpages.




Wideo

http://wideo.co/
Capture animated presentations

Samples and Ideas

Use for your library stats (this wideo doesn't have anything populated yet)

Pros

Easy to use
Wealth of icons and templates
Easy to search gallery

Cons

Only 45 second videos are free but discount for educational accounts