No More PowerPoints...

Make Your Presentations Interactive!

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The goal of this session is to provide you with tools that give students and educators the ability to create content for authentic audiences and share what they have created with anyone, anywhere.

Please Share Your Ideas!

Open this Padlet and let us know what technology tools you and your students use for presentations.

Smore

Smore can be used to create professional-looking online flyers that can be used by students and teachers for a variety of activities. This easy-to-use website has a pricing structure that needs to be considered before you begin. The free version allows you to create 3 flyers per month. The paid Educator version gives you unlimited flyers and has several educational backgrounds.
Tutorials:
Smore User Guide
Smore Help Center
Directions for a Class Using Smore to Create Reports
Student Directions for Creating a Smore Space Project

Examples:

Jackson Vandagriff of Anna, Texas has created this Smore for his middle school ELA class.

Who Should Be on the Next US Postage Stamp?

Lactose Intolerance

Michelle Obama Biography

Cooking Up Groovy Graphics in the iClassroom

2017 Barrow Peace Prize

CTE Programs - Dover High School
Digital Research Kit for 6th Grade ELA

Pause Before You Post

Happening at Hutchison

School Board Notes

In the Loop with the Sup!

Ap Biology Project Directions

Biology Ecology Project Directions

Short Writing Assignment One

The Interaction Between and Among European and Native Cultures

Microsoft Sway

Microsoft Sway is one of the many tools available in Office 365. It is an easy way to tell your story with interactive content. Make your presentations more engaging or allow students to show what they know.

How this teacher uses Sway for Science experiments.


Examples:

The Red Panda

Animals

Potatobots

Prions

World War II

Weather

Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark is a free IOS App or website that includes 3 tools that allow the user to easily create beautiful web stories, animated videos and social media graphics that can be read on any device. Images used in the presentations can be from the camera roll or from a Creative Commons image search within the app. The images found in the Creative Commons search are automatically cited.


The Ultimate Easy Holiday Lesson Bundle includes Holiday lesson ideas, examples, and templates.


Examples:
The Colorado River

Walt Disney - Disneyland

How to Draw by a 5th Grader

Ready, Set, Rio

Graffiti and Street Art

Video Contest

Story Elements with the Empty Pot


Adobe Spark Video - allows you to create a video slideshow—complete with sound and narration.


Examples:

Where Are You Going?

Making Ammonia

Invitation to High School Open House


Joe Dockery's Tips

  • Find a quiet place for your students to record their audio (spread out!)
  • Have them write out a script
  • Keep the scripts short and to the point (proof it and give feedback)
  • Ask them to brainstorm icons and photos to go along with each topic
  • Break long sentences or ideas into chunks with an image for each idea
  • Listen to each recording and re-record if necessary
  • If students are doing it individually, use headsets


Adobe Spark Post

Examples:

The Road Less Traveled

Magazine Cover

Yosemite

Movie Poster


Tutorials/Ideas

Teacher Testimonial - Adobe Slate: Empower Students

A Guide for Schools and Educators

3 Ways Adobe Spark Promotes Creativity in the Classroom

Adobe Spark Activities for Elementary Students

WriteReader

WriteReader increases students' digital writing skills and creativity. Students can use tablets, Chromebooks or computers. Teachers quickly set up their classes and give students the code. Best of all, books can be emailed to parents.


The free version of WriteRReader allows you to have:

• 60 books

• Audio recording

• Book link sharing

• Image selection and safe search (1.8 M images)

• Template books and library

• Feedback and notifications


The Quick Start Guide under the Support menu will help you create your account and get your students creating books! Six Ways That Teachers are Using WriteReader blog post can be found at tinyurl.com/writereader.


Examples:

Google Drawings

Google Drawings has so many classroom applications and this is one idea that can be used in any subject area and grade level.

The following directions are for creating a picture of yourself with 3 different callouts containing a fact about yourself.

  1. Open Drive.
  2. Select New, More and choose Google Drawings.
  3. Change the title from untitled drawing to your first and last name.
  4. Go to Insert → Image and find the picture you want to use.
  5. Select Insert → Shape → Callouts.
  6. Choose one of the callouts.
  7. Drag the callout to desired location and type in your first fact.
  8. Drag the yellow dot (located at the tip of the point) to move the point of the callout.
  9. While the callout is selected, click on the Fill tool and change the color.
  10. Create 2 more callouts for the other facts.
  11. You can change the alignment, font, font size and color, etc. of the text, if desired.
  12. Click Insert →Text Box to add your name to your picture. Drag your text box to the desired location. Change the font and the font size and color so that it is clearly visible.
  13. Go to File and select Download As → JPEG.


Example:

3 Branches of Government

Point of View


Ideas:

Describe yourself at the beginning of the year.

What was Washington thinking when he crossed the Delaware?

How would you describe a parallelogram?

What are five important facts about an animal cell?

Screencastify

The Screencastify Chrome Extension is a great way to allow students the ability to demonstrate and create visually with their voice. Stella Pollard wrote this blog post about using Screencastify in different subject areas.


Examples:


Loom is a similar Chrome Extension. Educators can apply for a free Loom account by clicking here and completing the application process.

Fodey - The Newspaper Clipping Generator

Fodey, The Newspaper Clipping Generator, gives students to opportunity to create a newspaper article headline and article. Students can then download their article and share with others. Think about the possibilities for this free website in social studies classes!

Check out the other fun activities that Fodey.com has to offer!

Sutori

Sutori allows you to create and share stories. Quizzes, images, videos, collaboration and audio can be added to stories. Students can collaborate on stories.


Examples:

Sutori stories - examples of stories by subject area and age level

Back to School Interest Inventory

Romeo and Juliet Sequence of Events

A Soldier's Life during the US Civil War

Roller Coaster Design Brief Template

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Canva Graphic Design

Canva is very useful when trying to create professional-looking and creative presentations. Canva is an online graphic design tool that is simple to use to create your own logos, banners, etc. to use in your presentations. There are both free and paid images available, but you should be able to find enough free images to create a professional-looking graphic.


Canva offers educators and students a free pro account. Click here to access the application and details.


Resources:
A Simple Video Guide to Canva
Create Amazing Images with Ease

22 INSANELY USEFUL Canva Tips and Tricks (2021 Update)

Canva for Education Tutorial for Teachers

Using Canva for Education

Finding Images

The following sites can be used to find images that are copyright-free or in Creative Commons. Remember, just because it is on the Internet does not mean you can freely use it!

Pixabay - Thousands of high-quality photos, illustrations, and vector graphics are included on this website.

Find free and fair use photos by ISTE

Free Images for Your Projects by Tony Vincent

Photos for Class - This site from Storyboard includes age-appropriate images and automatically includes a citation for each image.
Pics-4-Learning - The images on this site are copyright-free for teachers and students to use in an educational setting.
Open Clipart - This site includes free vector clip art.
Unsplash - Every 10 days, 10 new high-resolution photos are added to the site. You are free to use the photos for any purpose.
The Noun Project - This website aggregates and catalogs symbols that have been created and uploaded by graphic designers.

Top 5 Sites to Find Images for Student Use by Kathleen McGeady

Janet Corder

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