With senior projects approaching, I thought a list of student presentation tools might be helpful. This list has resources for student that can be used from grades K-12. All of these tools are web-based available online and most importantly… free! This list of tools was adapted from the original list on SimpleK12.com. Please share this list with your students and watch their presentations go from boring to WOW!
Tell a Story
ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create his or her own 3D pop-up books.
Little Bird Tales allows you to create a digital book.
Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories that are curiously fun to make, share, and read. Choose from hundreds of fabulous drawings and images and then write a story to go with them. Free to sign up and class accounts possible. Finished story books can be embedded into blogs/VLE or read via the website – a great way to share with parents.
Capzles allows you to create a digital timeline or story using multiple media types.
GoAnimate, is a free tool to let students make their own animations. They can make their own animated characters, direct their own cartoons, and watch others’ creations. They can customize their animations with a large number of tools and features.
Mixbook was originally created for users to create digital scrapbooks using personal photos from weddings, vacations, parties, etc. While it is great for all of those purposes, Mixbook also has some great applications for education. If you're looking for a way for all of your students to demonstrate what they've learned, Mixbook is the perfect tool for you!
Ideas Through Music and Speech
UJAM is a music creation tool. And it’s actually a pretty good one. After starting an account, a user can record themselves singing or playing an instrument. Then, with the click of a button, the website creates a full soundtrack to accompany what the user recorded. The user can choose a music “style” (i.e., 80s rock, reggae, game music) to specify what type of soundtrack will accompany their recording.
Create an avatar and bring it to life. You can go back and edit the message as often as needed. You can also embed Vokis in webpages, wikis, blogs, etc.
Turn a still picture into a "talking" character. Audio Editing Tools work well for radio shows and commercials.
There are a number of ways you can use a wiki. One is to create a class wiki and have students upload their final presentations to a page or pages that you have structured. This involves the teacher establishing a wikispace and inviting students to join the wiki, which can be left private. Another possibility is students can create their own group wiki. They could add pages to pool resources, brainstorm ideas in their groups, and present their findings.
With a full set of professional design tools SlideRocket helps you create breathtaking presentations that will wow your audience. Combine themes and layouts, shapes, charts, tables, pictures, audio, HD video, and Flash to tell your story without compromise. SlideRocket goes way beyond its desktop counterparts and offers you the power of the Internet. Easily integrate content from free public web resources like Flickr or YouTube and utilize plug-ins from Yahoo! and Twitter to extend functionality and quickly add pre-formatted content to your slides.
Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them. The result: visually captivating presentations that lead your audience down a path of discovery.
Create Posters and Visuals
Easy to post, see, and peel off stickies! You can arrange your pictures and notes as you like on your canvas and share them with your friends! By creating a group, lino becomes an ideal tool to share your ideas with your friends and collegues.
Let's you create a digital poster. You can add text, video, audio, images and, of course, web links to design a canvas that communicates your ideas. It also allows a high degree of collaboration. You can set who can be an editor and whether to allow comments.
You can use Popplet from concept-mapping to presentation (and students can work collaboratively). You start with a blank “wall” and to this wall you add “popplets,” little bubbles that can contain text, images, video, or drawings. Users must create an account using an email address, share options include by url/embed export as PDF or jpeg
Sumo Paint is an online photo editing and painting application that can be used online on any computer that has Flash Player installed. It has tons of features for creating your own painting: pencils, pens, brushes, shapes, lines, curves, text and more. And all have multiple options: thickness, style, etc. It has some pretty advanced photo editing features too. Does not require an account, you can save your work straight to your computer. Or, if you do choose to create a Sumo Paint account, you can store your work there.
Photovisi is a free and easy to use online photo collage maker. Select one of the many designs, add your photos and then customize by dragging items around. After the collage is finished, it's available for download.