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Digital Media and Innovation Lab

Presentation Tools

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Microsoft Powerpoint 

Presentation program

Suggested Use: Easy to use program available for Mac and PC.

 

Cloud-based presentation software

Suggested Use: A great alternative to PowerPoint. Can be used to create a more visually stimulating instruction presentation.

Tip: Prezis are shareable online, but if you are using the free software, then they will also be publicly available for anyone to view online.

Tutorials

 

Cloud-based presentation software with pre-designed templates for use

Suggested Use: The pre-designed templates will be useful for creating quick, but beautiful presentations for instruction.

Tip: The free version allows sharing online for up to 3 presentations and 5 websites.

Whiteboard and Mapping

The following are mind mapping tools that allow for individual mind mapping or a collaborative brainstorming session.
They can be used during an instruction session to brainstorm with students or included as an image in a presentation.
They are free to use (usually for up to 3 mindmaps) and include the option for fee-based upgrades.

Xmind
Bubblus

 

conceptboard

Online whiteboard

Suggested Use: Free to use, intuitive tool to collaboratively work on a concept boards.

Tip: Any board can be shared by link or QR code.

 

Diagramming Software

Suggested Use: Use to diagram for business or design projects. This collaborative tool uses drag and drop features and has a variety of design elements.

Tip: Gliffy has a free trial which does NOT include sharing options.

Tag Clouds

Word cloud generator

Suggested Use: Fun way to add a visual into a presentation. Can use to show the prominence of words from an uploaded text.

Tip: The best way to share a Wordle is to take a screenshot and then save and share the image. Wordle requires Java, which may cause problems with some browsers.

FAQ's

 

Word/tag cloud generator

Suggested Use: Use to add a visual to a presentation or webpage.

Tip: Word Art is free to download. You choose the words that show up and have more ability to stylize words.

Interactive Video Tools

Hapyak

Tool to make videos interactive

Suggested Use: Use to make videos or tutorials that are clickable, notable, and measurable. The video quiz tool can be particularly useful for gauging students' understanding of a concept presented in a video. 

Tips: HapYak tracks views and clicks on each video, so you can see and assess students' interactions with the video. The free version allows up to 5 videos and includes almost all of the available interactive options.

 

VoiceThread(VoiceThread)

Cloud-based tool to have a conversation with students around media.

Suggested Use: Use to create a collaborative presentation where each contribution is distinctly marked.

Tips: Can be easily integrated into Canvas.

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