Project Tools List

Tools for presentations

Select a tool to use for your presentation

There are hundreds of online presentation tools out there. This is a list of just a few that we have found to be the most useful in an educational environment.


Things to consider when selecting a presentation tool:


  • What type of information are you presenting? (numerical data, opinions, storytelling, etc.)
  • How will this be viewed by the audience? (Are you presenting face-to-face with a room of people? Are they viewing this online?)
  • What is the mood of your presentation? (serious, funny, etc.)
  • Who is your Audience?



Consider combining multiple tools to create one GREAT presentation! You could embed a Voki and an iMovie video in a LucidPress publication. Add an infographic to a SlideRocket presentation. The options are endless!


Now, explore the presentation tool below that best matches with the answers to the questions above.


[*Reminder:
Students may not post your First and Last Names together online. Please include either first name and last initial or first initial and last name.]

*When you are ready to submit you project:

Be sure to find & copy the URL for your project.


Paste that URL into this Google Form to submit your project to your teacher --

Teachers - Are you looking for a tool for your students?

Take a minute and explore this list of "Great Web Tools" from EdTechTeacher.org. The list is organized based on the task you are asking your students to complete.


http://edtechteacher.org/index.php/teaching-technology/tech-tools

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Copyright-free Images & Sounds to use in your Projects

If you are going to search through Google Images, be sure to follow these instructions:

  • Google Image Search → Search Tools → Usage Rights (How to get there, What each level of rights means & how to appropriately use each)


Visit these pages to find collections of images in your projects:

  1. http://technopeterson.com/resources/copyright-friendly-resources/
  2. http://search.creativecommons.org/
  3. Smithsonian Institution Public Domain Images -- http://flickr.com/photos/smithsonian
  4. New York Times Public Domain Archives -- http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Public_Domain_Images_from_the...
  5. "The Best Online Sources For Images" [article] -- http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2008/10/11/the-best-online-sources-for-images/


Use Soundzabound for free music and sound effects that you can include in your school projects -- http://www.soundzabound.com/


  • No login / password needed if accessing from school.

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Presentation Tools

Note:

The best presentations are those that include elements from more than one tool. For example, you may still consider using a Prezi or Google Slides presentation but only if you are using them to display videos or images / cartoons / comics you've made from another outside tool.


Easiest way to get your images / cartoons / comics into your presentation? Screenshot it and paste it into your presentation! (Here are instructions on how to take a screenshot on most any device.)

Prezi

http://prezi.com


  • Examples: Prezi Example, Google Search Beyond the First Page.
  • Pros: Looks super cool; Everyone with rights can edit at the same time
  • Cons: Need to be tech savvy
  • Sign Up: Make sure and get the FREE Edu Enjoy account: http://prezi.com/pricing/edu/.
  • Adding Contributors: To add editors, when editing your Prezi, click on the "Save and Exit" icon (like a door with an arrow) in the top right corner. On the next screen click "Share" then "Editing" and "Email". Enter the email addresses for your group members. Each member will need to create an Edu Enjoy Prezi account with their FISD email address.
  • Prezi - How to Submit the Project URL

SlideRocket

***This site is currently not accepting new accounts.***


Signin as part of your FISD Google Apps account (click on "More" in the black bar at the top of the page after you've logged into your Google Drive account)


  • Examples: Rumblefish example, Stonehenge example
  • Pros: Looks pretty cool. The creation / editing area is similar to Powerpoint. Be sure to adjust timings for objects for movement & effect.
  • Cons: Only one person can edit at a time; Sometimes the animations and fancy stuff is too distracting.
  • Sign Up: Internet Explorer. Log in to your FISD Google Apps account. On the top black bar click “More”, then “SlideRocket”.
  • Adding Contributors: To add collaborators, when viewing the information about the SlideRocket you create, click “Collaborate” then add group members by their FISD email address. Only one contributor can edit at a time.
  • SlideRocket - How to Submit the Project URL

Google Presentation

Signin as part of your FISD Google Apps account -- https://www.google.com/a/k12.friscoisd.org/


  • Pros: Easy to create and edit; multiple people can edit together.
  • Cons: Very basic.
  • Sign Up: Use Google Chrome. Log in to your FISD Google Apps account. On the top black bar click “Drive” then click the red “Create” button on the left and select "Presentation".
  • Adding Contributors: To add collaborators, when viewing the drawing, click the blue “share” button. You can choose from contacts if you have them loaded or type their FISD email address.
  • Google - How to Submit the Project URL

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Video Creation Tools

iMovie

(Already installed on most iPhones / iPads / iPods or installed on Macs.)


  • Pros: Drag & drop. Lots of pre-made templates and transitions. Fairly easy to use. Use your own music in your iTunes.
  • Cons: Only one person can work on the video. Projects take up drive space & have to be exported.
  • Sign Up: Download app on iOS or find on Mac computer.
  • How to Submit: Upload final movie to FISD Youtube channel or FISD Google Drive account.

PhotoStory 3

(Software installed on every FISD Student Computer)


  • Example: "Chilling Out With Tango" (elementary), "Immigration - History Project" (secondary)
  • Pros: Easy to use. Step-by-step walk through instructions. Include your own pictures, music, and narration. Unlimited time length.
  • Cons: Project saved as a PhotoStory file, either on a flashdrive or H:// drive. Must have PhotoStory software to work on project.
  • Sign Up: None
  • Adding Contributors: Cannot be done. Single user only.
  • Apps: None. Must use software on computer.
  • How to Submit: You can upload it to your FISD Youtube Channel, or email the video file, or save the video file to the StudentWork folder on the Shared Drive.


*For more instruction on using PhotoStory, visit https://www.smore.com/bptu4

WeVideo (online video editing)

http://www.wevideo.com/


WeVideo is an online video editing website that allows you to edit & create your video from home. Similar to iMovie and MovieMaker, you can create a video using themes, while having the freedom to edit and move video clips, transitions, graphics and sounds. Great for creating commercials.


*** If you choose to create a video, you must understand that all recording and editing should happen OUTSIDE of class. You must provide your own equipment.***


  • Pros: Work from home! Include your own pictures or videos. Freedom to edit and create video as you'd like it. Three levels of use for Beginning editors through Advanced editors. Pull video clips from Google Drive.
  • Cons: Only allowed to export 15 minutes of video per month to outside sources (Youtube, Google Drive, etc.), but no limits if videos stay in WeVideo. Website can sometimes be confusing to work through.
  • Sign Up: Click "Sign up with Google Account" to create a Free WeVideo account using your FISD Google account-- Signup page is here
  • Adding Contributors: You can add only 4 other people to edit your video. Users cannot edit at the same time.
  • Apps: App available in iTunes and Android for uploading videos from your device to your WeVideo account. Editing must still be done online.
  • How to Submit: Submit the unique URL for your published video.


All files are stored on the WeVideo website.

Animoto

http://animoto.com/


  • Example: BYOD Presentation for Teachers
  • Pros: Easy to use, but you still have choices for themes, music, etc. Include your own pictures or silent videos, then Animoto combines them all into one video for you.
  • Cons: Only 30 seconds of video for the Free version. Text boxes only hold about 50 characters on each line. Consider typing longer text in a PowerPoint slide, save the slide as a .jpg file & upload that file to Animoto.
  • Sign Up: Create a Free account -- https://animoto.com/sign_up
  • Adding Contributors: Cannot be done. Single user only.
  • Apps: Good, easy to use apps available on iTunes and Android devices.
  • How to Submit: Submit the unique URL for your published video.

PhotoPeach

***This site is currently blocked by our internet filter.***


http://photopeach.com/


With PhotoPeach you can create a rich slideshow in seconds to engage your friends or family. They also support background music, captions, and comments so you can elaborate on your story further. (Similar to PhotoStory and Animoto.)


  • Pros: Easy to use, but you still have choices for music, captions, etc. Include your own pictures then PhotoPeach combines them all into one video for you.
  • Cons: Only 30 pictures allowed for the Free version.
  • Sign Up: Create a Free account -- http://photopeach.com/account/signup
  • How to Submit: Submit the unique URL for your published video.

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Animation Tools

Powtoon (animation)

http://www.powtoon.com/


Use PowToon to create explanatory videos through a simple drag and drop process. PowToon provides drawings of people and objects that you can arrange on blank canvas. After adding your narration to the arrangement you can publish your video.


  • Pros: Work from home! Use characters to tell your story. Share from Powtoon website or Youtube.
  • Cons: Only allowed to create Powtoons of up to 5 minutes long. Website can sometimes be confusing to work through.
  • Sign Up: Click on the green "Sign up for a Free Account now" button. Click "Login with Google" and use your FISD Google account-- http://www.powtoon.com/account/signup/
  • How to Submit: Submit the unique URL for your published video.

GoAnimate & DomoAnimate

GoAnimate -- http://goanimate.com/

DomoAnimate -- http://domo.goanimate.com/ (***This site is currently blocked by our internet filter.***)


Go Animate is a feature rich free animated movie maker. On Go Animate users can create animated movies by selected from a wide selection of customizable pre-made elements. Users can also upload their own elements like pictures or drawn images to use in their animated movies. Each frame of the animated movie can have many layers and timings. The movies that Go Animate users create can be shared in a variety of ways including email and embedding.


DomoAnimate creates movies in the same way, but you have access to a new library of domo characters and settings!


  • Example: A short DomoAnimate tutorial
  • Pros: Pretty easy to create, move and edit; Easy to share with others. Type the characters' script and control their movements, then see your movie come to life.
  • Cons: Can get bogged down and run slow. No collaboration / single user. Limited video length.
  • Sign Up: Click on "sign up". Click on the Google icon. Enter/select your FISD Google account. Check your email and verify your account.
    *Free GoAnimate account -- http://goanimate.com/plusfeatures
    *Free DomoAnimate account -- Click on "sign up" in top right corner.
  • Submitting Link: Copy the video's unique URL and submit that link.

Voki

http://www.voki.com/


Voki is an educational tool that allows users to create their very own talking character. Voki characters can be customized to look like historical figures, cartoons, animals, and even yourself! Give your Voki a voice (YOUR voice!) by recording with a microphone, using our dial-in number, or uploading an audio file. You can also enter text for the character to speak. Voki characters can be emailed, shared on social media, and embedded on websites!


  • Pros: Very unique tool because it uses your voice. Selecting a character & background lets you the scene!
  • Cons: Free account has a lot of characters and options, but they are limited. Free account recordings are limited to 60 seconds. So you might have to create multiple Vokis.
  • Sign Up: Create a Free account. Go to Voki.com, click "Get Started", then click "I don't have an account".
  • How to Submit: Submit the unique URL for your published video. Or embed the Voki in another part of your project.

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Brochures / Flyers and Wiki / Blog Tools

LucidPress

Signin as part of your FISD Google Apps account -- https://www.google.com/a/k12.friscoisd.org/.

Then add the "LucidPress" App (within Google Drive).


"A web-based tool that helps you intuitively produce stunning print and digital newsletters, flyers, brochures, photo books and more.

Lucidpress enables anyone to create stunning content for print, mobile or web. "


  • Example: "An Ode to Nachos"
  • Pros: You can embed video, links, digital media, etc. that will all play live within your document. LOTS of templates. Very much like Publisher. Easy to use (drag and drop everything.) Allows collaboration between multiple users via Google Drive.
  • Cons: Can be confusing to figure out where your document is saved. (You can always find it by logging in at LucidPress's website. To save documents within Google Drive, change settings.)
  • Sign Up: Login to your FISD Google account and add the "LucidPress" App (within Google Drive).
  • Adding Contributors: Add them through the Sharing button in the document.


Additional Information:

Smore

https://www.smore.com/


Smore.com is an online flyer creator that provides easy-to-use templates and design options to help users create attractive and professional-looking flyers. You can add pictures, link to websites, or embed videos and calendar events.


  • Examples: This flyer is from Smore! Visit this flyer for info on how to use Smore.
  • Pros: Very easy to create, move and edit each part of the flyer; Easy to share with others.
  • Cons: Limited design choices. Only allowed 5 flyers in free accounts.
  • Sign Up: Click "Sign Up for Free" button on top-right. Use your FISD Google email when signing up for your Free Smore.com account.
  • Submitting Link: After you have Published your flyer, a unique URL is available at the bottom of the right sidebar.

Google Drawing

Signin as part of your FISD Google Apps account -- https://www.google.com/a/k12.friscoisd.org/


  • Example: FISD Google Drive & Email Instructions for Graduating Seniors
  • Pros: Easy to create and edit; multiple people can edit together.
  • Cons: Very basic.
  • Sign Up: Use Google Chrome. Log in to your FISD Google Apps account. On the top black bar click “Drive” then click the red “Create” button on the left and select "Drawing".
  • Adding Contributors: To add collaborators, when viewing the drawing, click the blue “share” button. You can choose from contacts if you have them loaded or type their FISD email address.
  • Google - How to Submit the Project URL

Google Site

Signin as part of your FISD Google Apps account -- https://www.google.com/a/k12.friscoisd.org/


  • Pros: Very easy to create and edit; Easy to make multiple pages to share information, pictures, videos, etc.
  • Cons: Only one person can edit each page at a time
  • Sign Up: Google Chrome. Log in to your FISD Google Apps account. On the top black bar click “Sites” then “New Site” or select from the list.
  • Adding Contributors: To add collaborators, when viewing the main page, click the blue “share” button. You can choose from contacts if you have them loaded or type their FISD email address. Only one person can edit each page at a time.
  • Google - Submitting URL


Linoit (online sticky note bulletin board)

http://en.linoit.com


  • Pros: Very easy to create, move and edit; Easy to share with others. Insert text, images, videos.
  • Cons: If a sticky is deleted on accident it must be immediately restored by clicking "undo" on top or it will not be able to be restored.
  • Sign Up: Click on "sign up". Click on the Google icon. Enter/select your FISD Google account. Check your email and verify your account.
  • Adding Contributors: To add collaborators, one person in the group needs to create a new group. From your Home Page click "Create a new group>>" on the right. Name the Group. Change to "By Invitation Only". Click "Create Group". Enter group member's email addresses to invite them. Once the group is created you can create a canvas to share with the group.
  • Submitting Link: Open canvas. In the brown sticky in the top right corner, click the Info (i) icon. Copy the URL from the "URL" box. That is the URL you will submit to your teacher either through email or through a form.
  • Apps: There is an iTunes app and a Google Play app. The site is NOT flash based so it can be edited on iDevices directly though they recommend using the app.


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Infographics Tools

Infographics are visual representations of data. They are popular on the Internet because web users drawn to their shiny, brightly coloured messages with small, relevant, clearly-displayed nuggets of information. Infographics are straight to the point, usually factually interesting and with quality visuals can give you a wake-up call as to what those statistics really mean.


There are many websites out there to help you create an infographic. They each do something a little different. Take a moment to check out the suggestions below and see if one works for you.



To turn in your infographic, make sure you can either export / download the final product or you can link to the infographic online.

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Check out this article for some great tips for selecting and designing quality, readable infographics.


This tutorial video takes you step by step through making your own infographic using easel.ly and info.gram.

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Or pick a tool that interests you from one of the collections below....