A mix of web apps that can help youÂ 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 theÂ 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 interactiveÂ imageÂ is an example of a GlogsterÂ “poster” I tossed together in about 25 minutes, without any previous knowledge of using the tool. Note the different functionality for videoÂ and imagesÂ – click an imageÂ to see it zoom and straighten forÂ 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 forÂ assignments and creatingÂ their own digital content.Â Â
- SlideShare: A very popular tool for sharing Powerpoint presentations and more, online, orÂ 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 forÂ Educators.
- Fotobabble: Create talking photos with Fotobabble! I haven't tried this yet, but I here's an example of aÂ Fotobabble talking photoÂ by”Becky4477″Â – looks like a simpleÂ tool for adding as voice-over to pictures (they haveÂ 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 VokiÂ 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 aÂ little dissapointed by some ofÂ the limitations in the free version).
If there are other free digital presentation tools that you like to use, please commentÂ and let us know about them!
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