Create slideshow-like presentations

 

The development of information and communication technology has significantly impacted on the learning and teaching methods. Technology has allow educators to design multimedia applications, and in doing so, "new insights into the learning process of the designer can be determined, as the learner is forced to represent information and knowledge in new, innovative and creative ways" (Or Kan, 2011).

Presentations by the teaching staff may be used to target auditory and visual learners by producing a multimedia slide show for disseminating relevant information or kinetic learners can develop understanding by creating presentations. Presentation tools such as slideshow creators, multimedia posters platforms and online PDF or web-based presentation ensure that the content can be shared by a unique URL and can also be embedded into learning management system or website pages to improve accessibility.

 

Uses in learning and teaching

"By communicating information and knowledge to the learners, ... innovative teaching techniques have evolved to change the ways teachers teach and the ways students learn."Or Kan 2011

Digital presentation tools provide users with an environment that can host: 

  • a creative environment to present information to students;
  • communicate information to the learners;
  • inspire innovative teaching techniques which have evolved to change the way students learn; 
  • create a ePortfolio or poster using website program;  
  • present research processes using interactive multimedia poster format (Glogster);
  • present your work publically on the web;
  • share resources for downloading or editing in real-time.

Consider using the Commonsense for Practice Wheel to support the testing and integration of the selected tool(s).

 

Tool picker

The tool picker contains information on slideshow-like presentation tools and how to choose an tool to suit your purpose.

Please note all pricing and hyperlinks were last updated March 2015. Always consult the original tool provider for the most up-to-date information. 

Turning your existing PowerPoint presentations into an online video is a simple form of video production that can be achieved using your computer. It is a quick, easy and cost effective way to present without being physically present, and has found its uses especially in the online, blended or flipped learning environment.

There are a number of ways to create PowerPoint inspired videos yourself for teaching purposes using a range of resources from the freely available online tools to the low-cost software. The following resources will guide in selecting a suitable tool to assist you with creating multimedia presentations which can be used to enhance your teaching.

Online tool options are either free or available at a low cost, whereas software programs provide you with a built-in approach to building a PowerPoint presentation. Depending on your requirements, the following tools may be of interest should you wish to convert your PowerPoint presentations into a digital and online presentation using an online tool. By using a online tool or software program to convert your existing PowerPoint presentations, you are provided with the opportunity to quickly upload the final presentation online which will enable you to share it in FLO or on the World Wide Web.


Tool Name

AuthorSTREAM Google Presentations Prezi EDU Voice Thread Adobe Presenter 9 iSpring Pro 7
Description Create multimedia PowerPoint presentations and convert to a video. Access via PPt A online tool for uploading pre-made PPt presentations or creating a basic presentation. Access online or via desktop folder. An alternative display platform to PPt, which uses zooming presentations. Access online. Use multiple forms of media to present in a alternative ways view to slides. Add a video or audio narration to each slide and encourage viewers to do the same. Access online A simple program which adds onto PPT. Add interactive elements available (eg. quiz) to your video. For a full list of features, go hereAccess via computer. Create elearning content – record video and audio, add quizzes/survey from within PPt. Access via PPt or desktop.
Benefits Store your PPt presentations online in video format from within PPt. Track views. There is an add-on called authorSTREAM Desktop which  enables users to publish PPt to AuthorSTREAM online from within PPt Upload PPt presentations or create in Google Presentations. Convert PPt to Google Presentation.  Use basic animation sin Google Presentation. Measure views. Embed YouTube videos. Slide notes can be added to the presentation. Collaborate in real time, with chat feature. No. But you can upload a PPt presentation into Google Drive and then convert to Google Presentation. Upload PPt presentations quickly into a Prezi theme or create from scratch. Add audio to your presentation for each path. Insert YouTube, videos, PDF, image, diagrams, background music.  Upload PPt presentations into Voice Thread or create from scratch. Control whether you want your viewers to comment or just view. Moderate comments.  Integrated in to PPt as an addon. Publish from with PPt. Ability to add interactive elements, like quizzes and connect to SCORM. Integrated in to PPt as an addon. Publish from with PPt. Ability to add interactive elements, like quizzes and connect to SCORM.
Limitations Limited privacy settings with Free account No audio narration possible.   Requires app on iOS devices to view presentations

To comment, viewers must be signed in.

Exportable copies is a feature for an additional fee.

Isn't free.  Isn't free.
Cost

Basic: Free

Pro: US$ 2.50/month (billed annually)

Free. Storage up to 15 GB for free.

Free EDU accounts. 500MB storage.

Upgrade to US$5/mth for 2GB storage.

Free

$108.90 for Flinders staff

$247

Educational price
Support Author Stream Help Google Drive Support Prezi Support VoiceThread Support Adobe Presenter Help iSpring Support Centre
How to get it Create a Author Stream account Create a Google Drive account Create a Prezi account Create a VoiceThread account

Buy a licence from ITS

 

Trial available

Download from iSpring solutions

Trial available

Sustainability of object/content

Update/Edit

Yes, you can upload new a version of your presentation Your presentation can be updated in real time. Any change you make, will be immediately updated without breaking links.  Your presentation can be updated in real time. Any change you make, will be immediately updated without breaking links.   Yes. Yes. Store original recording as project file Yes

Download/Export

Owner can download presentation from within account as PPT, Flash or video. Users can download if given permission by owner Yes. Viewers and owner can download as PPt or PDF

Only for owner. Not for viewer.

Setting to control export capability. Yes. Publish from software to computer or online Yes
Storage 15GB free Requires storage on computer or cloud Requires storage on computer or cloud
Share Embed or link. On free account, presentations must be set to public Embed or link. Embed must be published (either private or public). Can be unpublished Embed or link. Embed or link presentation.  Embed or Link (depends on place of publish) Embed or Link (depends on place of publish)
Privacy Privacy is available on free and Pro accounts at different levels. Pro level is a cheap option with added privacy settings Share your presentations as private or publish as a public file or share with specific people EDU account enables private presentations.(public accounts do not). Hidden option available. Also a 'reusable' option.  Share with URL or invite select individuals to view by email invitation. Depends on place of publish Depends on place of publish

Building multimedia presentations as a simple online interactive presentation can be achieved using your own computer. It is a quick, easy and cost effective way to present information without being physically present, and has found its uses especially in the online, blended or flipped learning environment.

There are a number of ways to create online multimedia resources for teaching purposes using a range of resources in freely available online tools. The following resources will guide you to select a suitable tool to assist you with creating effective multimedia presentations which can be used to enhance your teaching.

Online tool options are either free or available at a low cost. Depending on your requirements, the following tools may be of interest should you wish to present digitally and online. By using a online tool you are provided with the opportunity to share it in FLO or on the World Wide Web.


Tool Name

Glogster EDU Powtoon Padlet
Description A visual poster presentation tool for displaying  multimedia on a single page. A creative platform which can be used to creatively present information using different media formats. A video presentation software tool that enables users to create animated video presentations. A wall type presentation tool which can present a collection of media formats at once.
Benefits A collaborative tool. Manage students access to accounts, enabling privacy of posters. easy to use. Sign in with Google account or create an account.

Explore to YouTube. 

A range of special effects, animations, royalty free music, easy to use editor bar.

Duplicate presentations.

Education plans available at cost. 

Customise wall image or use themes.

Add video, urls, audio, images. 

Customise url. Share by social media.

Select layout as free-form or stream.

Be notified when people post. Moderate posts.

When used collaboratively, no limit to the number of people that can post at the same time.

Limitations

While targeted at school level teachers, is highly useful for the higher educational sector.

No longer free, this tool can be tried for 7 days.

Currently in Beta. 

Audio files (voice-over) can be added, but only  over the entire presentation, not per slide.  

Time limit on different levels (5mins for free). 

Cant upload PPt but you can copy presentations into Powtoon manually

Build a wall without an account (lasts for 24 hours only), or create an account or manage your wall beyond 24 hours.
Cost

US$39-390 depending on number of students who require accounts under the teacher account.

Free, (up to 5 minute presentations)

Teacher $24/year - 15 mins

Student $16/year- 15 mins

Classroom $36/year - 15 mins (1 teacher, 60 students)

Free level available. 

Paid versions also available for teachers at US$45 annually. Teachers can also create unlimited student accounts for free.

Support Glogster Support Powtoon Support Padlet Support
How to get it Create a free account online or login in with Google account. Create a free account online. Create a free account online or build without an account.

Sustainability of object/content

Update/Edit

Update at any time and republish. Yes, edit your presentation even after it has been published. Update at any time. No need to republish, is automated.

Download/Export

No Export to your computer on a paid account only.

Export as an image or PDF.

Storage
Share Embed or Link. Embed or link freely created presentations when published to YouTube. Embed or link.
Privacy Public or Private. Manage students posters in a private account, or publish to the web. Free account is public only Public, Private, password protected or hidden. Only for account created walls.

 

Literature and resources

  Slides/Teaching online

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