Thursday, October 21, 2010

Death by Powerpoint

Powerpoint is dead.

At least many people wish it were so. Years of powerpoint presentations have rendered the program stale to say the least. By the time they graduate, students have been using it over and over again for the greater part of a decade.

For most, it is the only presentation tool that is used, apart from the occasional
poster or the increasingly extinct diorama.

The answer is in the
cloud. Below are 5 of my favourite presentation alternates. All of these services are free and, better yet, web-based. Everything is stored online, freeing up your network space at school and allowing you to work on it anywhere.

Better yet, you have the ability to share these presentations. Not just with your class or colleagues, but with a
global audience. Students can also use these to share their learning with parents, classmates and teachers to receive feedback.

In no particular order, here they are:
Prezi - the zooming editor
Prezentit - easy slideshow creator
Sliderocket - slideshow creator with some unique features
Glogster - interactive poster creator
Xtranormal - text to movie creator

These are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of online presentation tools. More to follow in future posts. Go through the Prezi below to learn more. Click here if the presentation does not load.


  1. This looks cool Andy. Can't wait to take some time to really explore it. Thanks!

  2. Thanks for sharing. A really old archived picture on your Prezi that our digital natives will not understand. lol