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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.



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.




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.



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


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.



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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