Power Up Presentations

Practical Project and/or Presentation Technology Tools

Looking for a new idea for student presentations? Need an alternative to PowerPoint? Want a fun discussion starter? During this in-service, we will take a look at PowerPoint Recording and learn how to use a variety of apps and other free web-based presentation tools. Explore fun alternatives to traditional presentations in any subject area. Bring an existing lesson and leave with a presentation ready for classroom use. Infographics will also be explored in this session.


--Teachers will explore various tools used to present content
--Teachers will create content using various tools

Success Criteria:

--Teachers can log in to selected tools.
--Teachers can create content/projects using the selected tools.
--Teachers can share projects created using the selected tools.
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Why do we need alternatives to PowerPoint in the classroom? Read the Intro and Pillar 1 in the linked article and comment on the padlet discussion board as to why student presentations are important in today's classroom. Use the following padlet to brainstorm your ideas: https://padlet.com/evansc4/presentationtools

***Although there are a plethora of online presentations geared toward the classroom, we will concentrate on 7 today. I am also providing you a link to a site that lists some others not listed here.

1.) Piktochart - is a web-based infographic software which allows users without intensive experience as graphic designers to create professional-grade infographics, using templates.

Piktochart Example:

2.) Powtoon - This website allows users to create colorful, visually engaging animated presentation (cartoon mashup) with drag-and-drop simplicity.

Powtoon Example:

My PowToon Example
Powtoon Pricing - Click here for more information

Powtoon Tutorials - Click here to find out how to use this great tool!

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3.) Sway & OneNote are part of O365. You can find it under the "waffle tile" or "apps launcher". The purpose of Sway is to convey concepts quickly, easily and clearly. Unlike PowerPoint, it is primarily for presenting ideas onscreen rather than to an audience. Tutorials, topic introductions and interactive reports are the sort of things to which it lends itself. Sway presentations are backed up to the cloud, and can be easily shared or embedded in websites. Microsoft OneNote is a computer program for free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration. It gathers users' notes (handwritten or typed), drawings, screen clippings and audio commentaries. Notes can be shared with other OneNote users over the Internet or a network.

***Office 365 Tools (Sway or OneNote)--Click here to decide which of these tools you'd like to explore.***


4.) 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 iOS device, while students follow along on a class set of iPods or iPads.


Nearpod Example

Click link below. Put in your name. Click 'Join Session'. Type in the Code below.


This can also be done on personal devices...students can download the Nearpod app and join easily. If you do 'LIVE' sessions, you have control of when students can move to the next screen ;)

5.) Sutori - Sutori, an online tool used to create interactive stories. Designed for teachers and students of all grades and subjects, it is also accessible to any other type of user. More than a timeline tool.

Sutori Example:

6.) Thinglink - is the leading platform for creating interactive images and videos for web, social, advertising, and educational channels. Be creative! Make your images come alive with video, text, images, shops, music and more! Every image contains a story and ThingLink helps you tell your stories.

Check out what Catlin Tucker has to say about ThingLink!

Click here! Since we have Microsoft Forms, teachers could create a form to collect the URL to the students' Thinglink(s) they create in one document. Click here for an example form. **Bonus: Students can single sign on with their Microsoft 365 credentials which will save a LOT of frustration!
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**Notice that the Free version does not allow for classroom management.
7.) PowerPoint Recording Feature - Capture the power of the PowerPoint Recording toolbar! Learn to take your presentations to the next level by adding screen recording, video/narration, and drawing tools. Then you can export your video to an Office 365 Stream channel to

use for flipped or blended learning modules. It's a new look at a great tool you

already know how to use!

Example of PowerPoint Recording (very simple)

The rest of our time will be spent in these ways:

Independent Study: Participants will decide on at least one program of the 8 discussed that would be an effective tool in their classroom, sign up, and make a short presentation.

Share: Participants share short presentation (or at least what you were able to accomplish during our time).

Review/Closure: Which of the 4 PLC Questions did we address? How do these tools do this?

What is one new thing you’ve learned from this session? How will you use this in your classroom? Use the Padlet linked below to answer.