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BELLWORK - Watch the video below.

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

Session Objectives:

In this session we will explore 5 different types of digital presentation tools that will enhance instruction as we move away from PowerPoint. These will include Prezi, Powtoon, Nearpod, Smore, and Sway. You will leave this session prepared to move beyond Powerpoint with digital presentations that can be created by both teacher and student.


1. What is it we want our students to learn?

2. How will we know if each student has learned it? (

3. How will we respond when some students do not learn it?

4. How can we extend and enrich the learning of students who have demonstrated proficiency?


Prezi is a non linear presentation tool that allows for zooming, embedded video, and much more.
This Is the Moment


Powtoon allows users to create a colorful, visually engaging animated presentation (cartoon mashup) with drag-and-drop simplicity.
What is Powtoon - Find out what Powtoon is and what it can be used for


Nearpod allows teachers to construct presentations using the Nearpod website and deliver instruction to students by pushing content out to multiple devices at once. The teacher controls the presentation from a master device, while students follow along on their own device. You can upload Powerpoints you already have and make them interactive with questions, quizzes and even have students draw.

Get engaged with Nearpod

Let's experience a Nearpod firsthand...

Go to and wait for Ms. Johnson to give you a session code to join.


Mrs. Taylor's "Solving Quadratic Equations" Nearpod

Ms. Johnson's "BYOD" Nearpod


S'more is a one page webpage where you can put information, links to other sites, and students can add comments at the end of your page with items they liked or did not understand. This is a great way to pace a lesson and include all your material in one place. This "Beyond Powerpoint" page is an example of a Smore.


Sway is part of your Office 365 subscription. Much like PowerPoint except they use "cards" where you can place pictures and information.

Additional tools for presentations:

ThingLink - ThingLink is a free, web-based tool and app that allows the user to upload an image and create interactive links to text, music, video, sound and weblinks.

eMaze - A nice site that is a cross between Prezi and PP that allows users to zoom around their presentation. Best of all, a finished presentation can be embedded into a site.

Haiku Deck - A amazing iPad app for creating beautiful looking presentations w/ the ability to upload Creative Commons licensed photos as well as creating charts and graphs.

Animoto - One of the most popular sites/apps for creating beautiful looking slideshows w/ an educational portal.

Examples of assignments that give students choices: