Tips from the Trenches

Vol. 2 February 2016

Volume 2 Focus: Purposeful Presentations

TIRED OF POWERPOINTS and GOOGLE SLIDES!?


This issue will focus on 3 presentation uses:

1) To give information to others

2) To help "flip" a classroom

3) To enhance a lesson


If you are looking for another option, we can work together to explore other resources. Also, please remember you have FANTASTIC Wayne Township iTEC teachers who are embedded in your school, as well.

Using Presentations to Give Information to Others

Click on blue links below to visit the website or sample presentations.


1) Emaze

  • Prezi-esque;
  • Uses motion, 3D text/pictures and font changes to spice up an otherwise boring presentation
  • Can upload an existing PowerPoint and it will "Emaze" it for you! (And then you can edit!)
  • Sample Emaze presentation
  • FREE!


2) Prezi

  • Similar to Emaze, but less user friendly and with fewer options to choose from
  • FREE!

Using Presentations to "Flip" a Classroom

Click on blue links below to visit the website or sample presentations.


1) Nearpod

  • Students are active participants in presentation, teacher creates formative assessment questions as presentation continues
  • Uses motion, 3D text/pictures and font changes to spice up an otherwise boring presentation
  • Can upload an existing PowerPoint and it will allow you editable features
  • Students enter a PIN to join a session
  • Data on assessment answers is kept and accessible to teacher
  • Sample Nearpod
  • FREE trial, Payment to allow access for all students


2) Screen-Cast-O-Matic

  • Captures desktop images and computer microphone to make short videos using YOUR narrative voice and the presentation information on your desktop
  • Sample Screen-Cast-O-Matic video
  • FREE (but has the ability to pay for upgrade - but not necessary for most school/classroom uses)

Using Presentations to ENHANCE a Lesson

Click on blue links below to visit the website or sample presentations.


1) PhotoPeach

  • Upload photos, add captions, add music to make your own video slide show
  • Sample PhotoPeach slide show!
  • FREE (to an extent) - to download and get unlimited photos a $3/month fee is charged


2) Animoto

  • Captures desktop images and computer microphone to make short videos using YOUR narrative voice and the presentation information on your desktop
  • Sample Animoto video!
  • FREE trial - to extend features a fee is charged

Next Issue: Vol.2 March 2016 - Using Skyward to Communicate with Students and Parents

Ask for Help!

Please use this form to ask for assistance in developing lesson plans, classroom management, paperless grading, using presentation tools in your classroom - or ANYTHING else!