Sharing Ideas Using Online Presentation Tools
We've explored some online productivity tools, now let's take a closer look at those created for building, showing, and sharing presentations. Using online presentation tools allow students and faculty the opportunity to create stunning presentations that are visually engaging and multidimensional. Presentations allow you to map out and outline your ideas.
Presentations in Teaching and Learning
Effective Presentations Involve Thought and Planning
When it comes to presenting material, educators should first and foremost tell a story. Think of your presentations as a storyboard and a container to deliver pictures, audio, and video. To create high-quality presentations, it takes thought and planning to tell your story well. Be sure to include well selected visuals. This doesn't mean to use images just for the sake of doing it. Put some effort into selecting images that support the message you want to convey. If you haven't already done so, check out the TOEP section covering Photo Sharing, to learn how to locate images for your presentations.
Visually Organize Information
Built-in drawing tools can be used to create graphs, tables, charts, and diagrams. In many cases, the diagram itself can provide a presentation's structure where each portion of a diagram can open into its own specific demonstration. One of the strengths of using a tool like Prezi is that the structure is used to visualize relationships within the content and is often a large part of the overall message. Similar items are grouped together and then drilled down to expose the details of each section.
Collaborate, Create, Share, and Present
An advantage of online presentation tools is that you can create and edit your presentations from anywhere, that has Internet access. This also makes it easy to share your completed presentations with the world (or just your own students, if you prefer). Many presentation tools also have the option to collaboratively edit your work. You may work collaboratively with others to create stunning multimedia presentations that are published on the web. Imagine how useful this could be when used in student group projects. Now, your students can have an equal voice in the creation of their group's presentation.
For both faculty and students, online presentations offer the flexibility to work from anywhere at any time, logging in from home, work or school. Online software allows users to choose from specific subject driven templates or create individualized presentations.
Online presentation tools often allow for collaboration; more than one person can work on a presentation at a time. Group presentations can be prepared allowing each member to take their own portion and make it their own without having to physically meet. An innovative way to use presentations in instruction is to build presentations together with your students during class to build upon and elaborate on course concepts.
Google Slides, previously referred to as Google Presentations, is similar to Microsoft's PowerPoint (PPT). Like many online tools, it allows groups to work together to create and edit online presentations. Google Slides doesn't have all the bells and whistles that are in PPT, but is incrementally adding options (such as animations). If you need a sophisticated presentation tool - then PPT or another tool listed here - may be your best option. If online access and a collaborative editing environment is important, then Google Slides may be the tool to use. To locate presentation design templates, check out the Google Docs Template Gallery. Also note that - since this tool is web-based - it is easy to access it from various mobile devices.
Google Slides is a part of the Google Apps for Education suite of tools. Many campuses (including all of the TOEP campuses) provide Google Apps for Education for students. Some campuses also offer these tools to their faculty and staff. This partnership with Google makes it even easier for students to invite their classmates to collaboratively edit presentations. Learn more about the Google Apps for Education that are available at each of the TOEP institutions.
Prezi, the "zooming presentation editor," is an online presentation tool that allows you to edit, collaborate, and present online, as well as easily embed pictures, PDFs, YouTube videos, and more.
Prezi is a way to present information in a nonlinear way, as an infinite whiteboard where the audience can interact with and see an overview of a topic or zoom in to see the relationship between topics.There are many advantages for using
Prezi for classroom presentations.
Prezi allows the presenter to provide not only the big picture, this free software takes it a step further and allows you to dissect each component.
Watch this introductory video by Prezi's Co-Founder Adam Somlai-Fischer. Then check out this example Prezi to see what the tool can do. The Learn tab in Prezi provides help on to create your own presentations. Prezi also allows you to build or import a presentation from PowerPoint. Presentations may also be downloaded to present offline. To learn how to embed Prezi check out this short video. Sign up for a Prezi Education account.
Use Prezi to manipulate the information to take advantage of Prezi's strength to visually group and organize your presentation concepts. Prezi is also mobile on the iPad. An example utilizing the strengths of Prezi might be a dissection of a Venn diagram, with Prezi one can show the entire diagram, zoom within each of the components and open them into their own presentations allowing the thought to become visually dimensional. With ease videos and websites can be embedded, making the entire presentation unfold in a unique and exciting way. Prezi offers a 3D approach to help captivate students' attention.
For more information on using Prezi in the classroom, check out:
Slideshare is a service that allows you to create an online library and upload presentations that you've created elsewhere. Most online presentation tools have an option for sharing or making presentations public; however, if you've already created a presentation in something like Microsoft PowerPoint or Adobe Keynote, you may want to consider uploading your presentation to Sideshare. You can create channels for your students to follow, and link to other presentations. Check out these ideas about why you might want to use Slideshare. Explore the presentations that are posted to Slideshare by others; you may find a few that are relevant to your interests. SlideShare also offers an iOS app for iPhones and iPads.
If the presentation tools that you've been introduced to you in this section still don't fit your needs, check out this list of other online presentation tools. For more information, use this link to go to the Presentations section of the TOEP Resource Library.
Choose either Option 1 or 2 below, depending on your current knowledge/practice and interest.
Option 1: Explore presentation created by others
Option 2: Create or upload your own presentation
- Explore some of the sites listed above, then locate a relevant presentation; suitable to use in an instructional situation in your discipline.
- Write a post in the TOEP Community about how you would use the presentation in instruction. In your post, include a link to the online presentation you have found.
- Challenge yourself further and create a presentation online or upload an already existing presentation, using the tool of your choice.
- Write a post in the TOEP Community about the tool you selected and whether you would recommend it, as well as how you have or would like to use these types of tools in the classroom. In your post, include a link to your online presentation.
Now, Request Your Badge!
Complete the badge request form to earn your TOEP Presentations Badge. To earn this badge, complete the Discovery Exercise above. You will need to include a URL of the presentation that is relevant to you in instruction (as completed in option 1 of the Discovery Exercise above or the URL of the presentation you created or shared in option 2).
What Does the Research Say?
Apperson, J. M., Laws, E. L., & Scepansky, J. A. (2008). An assessment of student preferences for PowerPoint presentation structure in undergraduate courses
. Computers & Education, 50(
Berk, R. (2012). How to create ' thriller' PowerPoints in the classroom!
. Innovative Higher Education, 37(
Clark, J. (2008). PowerPoint and pedagogy: Maintaining student interest in university lectures
. College Teaching, 56(
, V. S., & Kreiner, D. S. (2009). Incorporating active learning With PowerPoint-based lectures Using content-based questions
. Teaching of Psychology, 36(
Lents, N. H., & Cifuentes, O. E. (2009). Web-based learning enhancements: Video lectures throughvoice-over PowerPoint in a majors-level biology course. Journal of
College Science Teaching, 39(2), 38-46.
Maxwell, A. (2007). Ban the bullet-point! Content-based PowerPoint for historians
. The History Teacher (Long Beach, Calif.), 41(
Stevens, V. (2012). Web 2.0 toolkit for teaching and learning EFL presentation skill
. TESL-EJ, 16(
Additional research information is available in the Presentations section of the TOEP Resource Library.
*Note: Access to the research articles may require logging into your campus' library system or you may request an article through Inter Library Loan (ILL).