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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.