Presentation Tools

There are so many Web 2.0 presentation tools available and more that emerge every week.  Presentation tools can be used for digital storytelling, for research projects, and for collaborative learning.

Slideshow Creators:

Sharing PowerPoints and Online Alternatives to Powerpoint:

  • GoogleDocs While many think of this as a collaborative online writing or word processing tool, it also offers a presentation maker similar to Powerpoint or Keynote. You can upload Powerpoints or create your own original presentations online then publish them on the web, email them, embed them on your website, etc. Several people can edit at once, too. Google also has templates for documents, spreadsheets and presentations available for students and teachers.
  • SlideShare provides a way to share already created Powerpoint presentations online, tag them, email them, get comments on them, and get html code for embedding them to your own blog, wiki or website. You can also find presentations others have created on the topic and communicate with those who have similar interests.
  • AuthorStream (upload and share Powerpoint shows)
  • 280 Slides Create presentations online, import images from your Flickr or YouTube account, present from the web or export to Powerpoint.
  • PhotoPeach You can create a rich slideshow in seconds to engage your audience. This is done by allowing two-way commenting right at each photo in the show and automatically pausing so you have time to express yourself before continuing. We also support zooming comments, sound-effect smilies, and music so you can elaborate on your story further.
  • SlideStory allows you to create slideshows from your own images and narrate them in your own voice and then embed it in your own webpage, link to it, or email it.
  • VoiceThread "is an online media album that can hold essentially any type of media (images, documents and videos) and allows people to make comments in 5 different ways - using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (with a webcam) - and share them with anyone they wish. A VoiceThread allows group conversations to be collected and shared in one place, from anywhere in the world. is reserved for K-12 education only.  Here's a great wiki with resources for VoiceThread:

  • Jog the Web - Organize a guided tour of websites; comment on the pages you like. See this track on introducing the computer to 1st/2nd graders!

  • Animoto (turn photos into a short movie with music)

  • Dipity a site that makes it simple for your students to create and share interactive timelines about any subject or topic. It allows students to embed You Tube videos, Twitter, RSS feeds, Blogger, flickr, Picasa, Last FM, and more right into their timelines.
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