Here are lots of great presentations tools and other resources to use in place of writing a paper or creating a PowerPoint presentation. Many of these tools are free; some are not. Most provide tutorials on their site; however, YouTube provides great step-by-step, user friendly tutorials on just about all of these.
Presentation Tools Prezi: A fun alternative to PowerPoint that allows you to organize your information visually Canva: Simple drag-and-drop design software to create flyers, posters, invitations, brochures, infographics, and more. EMaze: Great presentation tool for teachers and students - similar to Prezi Mixbook: Create custom photo books, scrapbooks, or cards. Must pay to print out. Timeline:Create digital timelines that can include content from a variety of online resources including YouTube, Flikr, Google Maps, etc. Voki: Create a digital avatar to deliver your message in the classroom, on a blog, a website, or as part of a presentation Tikatok: Allows students and teachers to create their own books and add their own words and illustrations Yodio: Create, produce, and share presentations with a voice narration, visual components, and production options Storybird: Storybird allows anyone to create visual storys in seconds. Must create a free account. ToonDoo: Create custom cartoons and comic strips SlideShare: Upload and share presentations, documents, and videos Glogster: Create interactive digital posterboards and presentations. Free for up to 7 days, then must pay. Animoto: Create easy videos and presentations using photos, images, videos, and music. Free 14-day trial. Teachers can create accounts for their classes. Stupeflix: Create free, unlimited videos up to 20 minutes long. Add photos, video, text, and music. Popplet: Create digital idea webs, collect materials related to a subject, or create a digital posterboard Lino: create and organize your sticky notes digitally on a computer or smart phone, or post and share thoughts and pictures. Tagul: Create word clouds of tags or links to present ideas visually. Must create a free account. Wordle: Create word clouds with a variety of color and formatting options to print, save, or share Piktochart: Create easy, fun infographics to convey information visually WeVideo: Edit video collaboratively in the cloud, then share with others. Free with account. Good for smart phone capability. Movie Maker: Free software download for making custom videos, importing and editing slideshows and videos, and adding soundtracks to video content iSpring: Convert PowerPoint to Flash presentations Animoto: Create easy videos and presentations using photos, images, videos, and music. Free trial; teachers can create a free account for their students to use. Wix: Website creator with a variety of templates and tools for a professional-looking site. advanced uses Artificial Intelligence to automatically create your site. Tinyurl: Create short, customizable, easy to remember web addresses in place of long, unwieldly addresses to easily direct students to a site
Pictures and Images PicMonkey: Free trial period. Edit photos and create custom collages Pics4learning: Free copyright-friendly images for educational use. Wordle: Create word clouds with a variety of color and formatting options to print, save, or shareT Tagxedo: Word clouds created in a customizable shape (faces, countries, letters). Must download Silverlight (free). Tagul: Create word clouds of tags or links to present ideas visually WordClouds: Free online word cloud generator Animoto: Create easy videos and presentations using photos, images, videos, and music. Free trial; teachers can create a free account for their students to use. Photo Story 3: Downloadable software to create photo slideshows, edit photos, and add special effects. For Windows users. Veezzle: Free stock photo search engine Piktochart: Create easy, fun infographics to convey information visually Weebly: Easy website creation tool
Audacity: Free audio open source comprehensive editing program. Must be downloaded. Jing: Create videos of what you see on your computer screen to share with others Screencast-o-matic: Create videos of what's happening on your computer screen to share with others The Flipped Class Network: A professional learning network for teachers using screencasting in education Voki: Create a digital avatar to deliver your message in the classroom, on a blog, a website, or as part of a presentation Movie Maker: Free software download for making custom videos, importing and editing slideshows and videos, and adding soundtracks to video content
Quizzes and Polls Survey Monkey: Create and distribute your own survey, then analyze the results Polldaddy: Create surveys, polls, and quizzes, then generate reports on the results. Must pay to promote polls. LimeSurvey: Free Open-source Software Survey tool. Must download. Poll Everywhere: Create quick polls that collect responses via text, web, or Twitter Quizlet: Study site that allows students to create customized learning tools, games, and digital flashcards BrainRush: Teachers can use and create games to help students memorize facts. Educational Media C-SPAN: C-SPAN's entire repository of videos about Congress, Politics, books, and American History Khan Academy: Repository of video lessons, sorted by subject, on topics related to math, the sciences, the humanities, and test prep TED Talks: Videos of talks given at TED conferences on subjects ranging from education to particle physics, sortable by subject, length, or rating HippoCampus: Find educational media by subject area (especially math and sciences), create your own playlist, and share with students Watch Know Learn: Educational videos organized by subject and audience Show Me: Online video lessons organized by subject Discovery Education: Lesson plans and resources for teachers sorted by grade level and subject. See media specialist for Mill Creek code to create a free account.
Other Remind: site that allows teachers to safely text students homework, project, and test reminders, and stay in touch with parents Zunal: Free, online WebQuest maker QuikQR: Free QR Code generator