"New kinds of electronic tools are emerging that allow instructors to craft presentations that more closely reflect new approaches to teaching and learning. For instance, many of these tools allow collaboration between multiple authors, and some use nonlinear branching or sequencing so that class discussion can guide the presentation. Presentation tools based on new models of representing information also encourage instructors to rethink learning activities in ways that can improve learning. These tools might also bring about a more thorough merging of in-person and remote classroom audiences."
- Denise Horoky, 2010, Educause
Articles of Interest:
"7 Things You Should Know About Next-Generation Presentation Tools" (Educuase)
"Presentation Zen: What Is Good PowerPoint Design?"
"Make Presentations and Publish on the Web with Flowboard (Flowvella)"
"10 Tips for More Effective PowerPoint Presentations"
- Train Before Trying
- Presentation First, PowerPoint Second
- Know Your Audience
- Tell a Story
- Show It, Don't Write It
- Embrace Color -- Carefully
- Follow the Rule of 10
- Keep It Short
- Keep It Legible
- Skip It Altogether
"7 Things You Should Know About Infographic Creation Tools" (Educause)
"7 Things You Should Know About Podcasting" (Educause)
"7 Things You Should Know About Screencasting" (Educause)
"7 Things You Should Know About Ustream" (Educause)
"7 Things You Should Know About VoiceThread" (Educause)
Popular Web-Based Presentation Tools
- Slideshare - Free - Discover, Share, and Present presentations and infographics with the world's largest professional content sharing community.
- Keynote - A Mac alternative to PowerPoint.
- Prezi - Pay - Create web-based presentations with movement.
- Haiku Deck - Pay - Create web-based presentations that inspire.
- Google Slides - Free - With Google Slides, you can create, edit, collaborate, and present wherever you are. (Part of Google Drive)
- Nearpod - Pay - Nearpod allows an instructor to create an interactive classroom "powerpoint" presentation that students access on their mobile devices or computers. You control the pace of the presentation in the classroom as students follow along on their devices. Interactive elements can be seamlessly added to the presentation such as: videos, browsing websites, Q&A, and polls.
- Flowvella - Engage your audience in one interactive presentation experience. Enable your team with their new secret weapon. Combine words, images, video, links, galleries, and PDFs to turn your story into an interactive conversation.
Infographic and Flowchart Tools
Infographics describe a wide range of graphics used to display complex amounts of data and/or ideas.
Screencasts, or screen capture, is a wonderful way to take students through a complicated process. You can record whatever is happening on your computer screen with an added narration.
- walk students through a website
- demo software available on your computer
- use a webcam - record yourself
- practice problem solving
Screencasts can be used for presentations, learning objects, how tos, asynchronous communication, and whatever else you can think of. They do not have to be as polished and professional as learning objects.
- Snagit - Take a screenshot or capture a video of what you see on your computer screen.
- Camtasia - Available in the TLC production studio. Quickly create eye-catching videos.
- Zoom - start a web conference, just don't invite any participants, use the screen-share option, and record the meeting.
Tips and Tricks
- For best results for the narration, use a headset with a microphone. Although many computers have built-in microphones, the audio can sound scratchy and distant. If you do not have your own mic, you can borrow one from the Video Lab or stop by the TLC.
- Since whatever is on your screen will be recorded, hide extraneous icons and browser menu bars.
- Make text appear larger by: boosting the default font size of your browser; zooming in on a browser (usually in the View menu); or switching to a lower screen resolution
- Use a script. Making a screencast is like public speaking. Some folks like to talk off the cuff, others prefer to read from a script. Do whatever makes you more comfortable.
Either way, practice, practice, practice. It may take a few (or several) takes to get the screencast done.