Beyond PowerPoint

Thursday, January 7, 2015

How to give great presentations. An alternative to PowerPoint, Bullet Points, boring presentations

Session Objectives

This session will explore several options for using PowerPoint, Nearpod, Zaption, Answer Garden, and PowToon to bring your presentations to a new level. You will leave this session prepared to move beyond PowerPoint with digital presentations that can created by both teacher and student.

Session Alignment with CCSS, TEAM, Digital Citizenship

CCSS: This can apply to any CC standard

TEAM Strand: Instruction- Presenting Instructional Content

Digital Citizenship Component: Internet Safety, Creative Credit & Copyright

ISTE Standard:

1. Creativity and innovation

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct

knowledge, and develop innovative products and

processes using technology.

b. Create original works as a means of personal

or group expression

2. Communication and collaboration

Students use digital media and environments to

communicate and work collaboratively, including

at a distance, to support individual learning and

contribute to the learning of others.​

b. Communicate information and ideas effectively

to multiple audiences using a variety of media

and formats

(thanks Clarissa Miles for this)


  1. Why we should move beyond PowerPoint
  2. Different options for our class presentations and for the flipped classroom
  3. How can you use this is your classroom?
  4. Choose one tool to explore more in depth.
  5. Create a presentation for an upcoming lesson.
  6. Share with others
  7. Using a rubric to score student creations
  8. Evaluation and final questions.


Please use Padlet to jot down your questions or comments about today's session.
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Power Point, Mix, and Sway

How can you revamp your current powerpoints? Use some of the tools we have readily available in Offixe 365--Sway and Mix (i.e. NO accounts to create!!!). Come back January 21st for a full PD using Mix.



from the Zaption website:

Zaption, a San Francisco based tech startup, is revolutionizing online video for education. Teachers, trainers, and content publishers use Zaption’s intuitive web app to quickly add images, text, quizzes, and discussions to existing videos from YouTube, Vimeo and private video libraries. The result is an interactive video lesson that transforms video from a "lean back" experience to an engaging "lean forward" activity. With Zaption’s analytics, instructors get immediate feedback on how students interact with the content and understand key concepts.


Create new slides or easily turn your Powerpoint, Google Slides, or PDFs into an interactive Nearpod presentation with just a few clicks.

Find free and paid interactive multimedia presentations from distinguished publishers and educators that are Common Core aligned. (some free and some paid)

Get real-time feedback & comprehensive post-session reports. Download report data.

How do I grade this stuff???

We come up with these great ways for students to present information, then what? Use rubrics. RubiStar has premade rubics, or you can create your own or edit what's already done for you.
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More presentation tools to check out...