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8 Great Free Digital Presentation Tools For Teachers To Try This Summer

by Kelly Walsh on July 20, 2011


A mix of web apps that can help you make presentations that are fun, eye catching, and engaging (great for students too)!

In this month’s free online workshop, we’re learning about the wonderful variety of free digital presentation tools available on the Internet today, and ways we might use them in our classroom. For the last assignment, I want to let participants select from a list of applications we haven’t tried yet. I’ve been searching out new ones, as well as revisiting tools I’ve used before or known about, and I’ve listed a handful here.

This interactive image is an example of a Glogster “poster” I tossed together in about 25 minutes, without any previous knowledge of using the tool. Note the different functionality for video and images – click an image to see it zoom and straighten for a better view, and the videos clips actually play!


I have no doubt that many educators might enjoy some of these tools, so I am sharing them here, and asking for readers feedback on these and other apps. Not only can tools like these offer a fun approach to presenting educational content, they can also be used by students for assignments and creating their own digital content.  

  • SlideShare: A very popular tool for sharing Powerpoint presentations and more, online, or embed them in your blog or website.
  • ZohoShow: Kind of similar to Powerpoint, but free, and online.
  • Glogster: This link will take you right to Glogster’s Basic (free) plan for Educators.
  • Fotobabble: Create talking photos with Fotobabble! I haven’t tried this yet, but I here’s an example of a Fotobabble talking photo by”Becky4477″  – looks like a simple tool for adding as voice-over to pictures (they have a free iPhone app too).
  • Prezi: With Prezi, you create graphical presentations that you can easily zoom in and out of, to “get the big picture”, or “drill into the details”.
  • Voki: The idea behind Voki is to use a talking avatar to make your presentation. Click here to read a post about Voki that includes a video demonstration of the creation of a Voki avatar.
  • Vuvox: I had a lot of fun creating this music video with the help of Vuvox last year, and selected it as the first app we covered in the workshop. You can add text, pics, and embedded “hot links”, over a bed of music, to make your scrolling presentation. [SADLY, VUVOX IS NO MORE … THEY SHUT DOWN SERVICES IN LATE 2013 – Ed.]
  • OneTrueMedia: We took this one for a try this week – definitely easier to use than Vuvox (but I was also a little dissapointed by some of the limitations in the free version).

If there are other free digital presentation tools that you like to use, please comment and let us know about them!

Related Posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):
3 Quick Lesson Plan Ideas That Utilize Technology
2 Great Online Presentation Tools for E-Learning
Voki Is A Fun, Free Animated Avatar Application That’s Easy To Use In The Classroom


Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded He frequently delivers presentations and training on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Walsh became the Community Administrator for the Flipped Learning Network in June of 2016. In his "spare time" he also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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Cristi November 1, 2016 at 9:06 am

Have you heard of Niftio (I’m the Tech Lead for that project)? It’s a rather new presentation software. Here’s a quick sneak peak:
1. dozens of designer made templates to make it easier to create a presentation
2. use of any mobile device to control your presentation while delivering one
3. audience q&a to receive feedback & questions on your topic in real time.
4. niftio is, and will always be FREE for educational purposes
And much more
Take a look

PresentationTube Team June 10, 2015 at 11:05 am

Great resource!
PresentationTube, a non-profit network, also helps educators and business professionals produce and share quality video content. It offers a screen recording software and online video sharing platform. The screen recorder allows presenters to narrate and annotate PowerPoint slides and synchronize a variety of essential visual media, including webcam video, whiteboard, Web content, YouTube video, and computer screen.

The screen recorder automates the process and ensures that presenters only need minimal technical knowledge and spend no additional time creating materials. The recorder can also add screen captions to your recordings in seconds and with the unique annotation feature you can even personalize your videos by including a webcam movie of yourself over your desktop. The platform uses latest YouTube API to upload, process, and host video and combine it with scrollable slide thumbnails, allowing the user to move to the respective video content and control both the progress and length of video presentation.

Lenard September 21, 2014 at 8:29 am

Awesome article.

Studying Presentations June 24, 2014 at 11:03 am

Great post! Been reading a lot about improving my presentations. Thanks for the info here!

Simon May 19, 2014 at 4:24 am

check out this one, it is very easy to find out something you want

demian May 12, 2014 at 11:21 am is an excellent free tool to create video presentations. You can upload your videos to youtube

FOREX March 31, 2014 at 6:28 pm

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you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site
is great, as well as the content!

Alaa Sadik September 13, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Really very interesting list. I myself add PresentationTube at PresentationTube network helps teachers, students and business professionals easily create and share professional and quality video presentations.

Docs9 Administrator June 6, 2013 at 11:27 pm

Docs9 is a much better alternative, and best of all it’s the easiest, simplest to use in my experience so far.

I could have a live presentation ready to share in a matter of seconds. The coolest part was everything from Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel to OpenOffice Writer, Impress, Calc even Google Docs is handled in the exact same way. Because this works purely in a browser, most of my participants enjoyed watching my presentation on their iPhones, Androids, even iPads. Few yet were impressed they could use their old browsers, and for first time had nothing to setup or configure at all!

Upload, and Share.

Some corporate organizations might want to take a look at support for Visio, and Microsoft Project as well. It was a relief not having to ask my participants if they have Visio, or Project installed.

It seems to have grown quite popular amongst young entrepreneurs who collaborate ideas, some self-employed individuals such as teachers, but some corporate organizations seem to favor Docs9 coupled with Skype for most of their online meetings. It has been a huge time saver for many.

K. Walsh May 17, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Thanks for sharing these tools Lola – much appreciated!

Lola Francis May 12, 2013 at 2:30 pm

If you are presenting something in a timeline fashion, then Timeglider is fabulous. As long as you can link to something, then you can add it to your presentation.

For a more poster session type of thing where there is a major concept and several underlying sub-concepts, I find that ThingLink works very well.

Finally, GoAnimate is a fun tool that offers a text-to-speach feature. Free, easy to use, and fun. Great alternative for students to use for their presentations too!

All online and all free!

Thanks for the list and for sharing =)


Mike Bravo April 30, 2013 at 4:58 am

It’s a very good list of online presentation tools. Additionally, one can have online presentations, online meetings etc. using gomeetnow. It is very easy to use and best part is, it has no download of any kind.

Sanjay Nichani October 19, 2012 at 12:58 am

One other presentation tool is Skqueak. Skqueak is a free, easy to use, fun iOS App available at that adds audio, sketches, pan-zoom and text to your pictures to create short animated clips. Skqueaks are automatically and efficiently uploaded to where they can also be viewed in a web browser and accessed from other devices that the user owns. Skqueaks can be shared with everyone or just the people you choose via, Facebook, Twitter, SMS, email or a blog.

bestbloke September 6, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Wonderful compilation of presentation tools. I would like to update the list with a new presentation tool, SlideSpeech, where users easy give voice-over to their presentation through speaker notes. The SlideSpeech text-to-speech engine converts the speaker notes into voice-over. Unlike the real audio recording, the voice-over can be easily edited and updated.

HollyAnne Giffin October 27, 2011 at 9:53 am

Soapbox is still in beta, but my students love it. It allows them to ask and answer questions, tell the teacher that they are not understanding, and respond to polls that show graphically to the entire group. One potential issue is that the posts are not labeled to a specific student. This is great for my extremely shy students and because of it I’ve had students “speak up” that have never participated before, but it does mean that problematic posts are harder to control.

Ove Christensen October 5, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Thanks for this list. It’s very useful.

I think you forgot Sliderocket. A free (freemium) and very nice presentation tool that also allows you to collaborate online with the presentation – as does Prezi by the way. Online collaboration is a very important feature for sustainable tools in the future of education.

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