Showing posts with label Slide Shows. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Slide Shows. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Presentation Tube - Record and Share Presentations

Presentation Tube is a service that teachers and students can use to record, share, and watch presentations. Presentation Tube provides a free desktop tool (Windows only) that you can use to record a video of yourself talking over and drawing on slides. The Presentation Tube recorder automatically synchronizes your PowerPoint slides with your voice. The free recording tool allows you to record for up to 15 minutes. Your completed recording can be uploaded directly to Presentation Tube. Watch a sample Presentation Tube presentation here.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for a free tool to use to create short video lessons, Presentation Tube could be the tool for you. You could have students use Presentation Tube to practice speaking on camera about a topic that they're going to present to their classmates.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Create Beautiful Presentations with Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck is an iPad app that all students and teachers should have installed on their iPads. Haiku Deck enables anyone to create beautiful slide presentations. It's so easy to use that when I was describing the app to someone last week I said it was like "Animoto for slide decks." Like other slide presentation apps Haiku provides templates for creating your presentation. But there are some significant differences between Haiku Deck and other presentation apps.

There are two features of Haiku Deck that stand out. First, Haiku Deck intentionally limits how much text that you can put on each of your slides. Second, Haiku Deck helps you find Creative Commons licensed images for your presentations. When you type a word or words on your slides you can have Haiku Deck search for images for you. The images that Haiku Deck serves up are large enough to completely fill your slide. You can also upload your own images from your iPad or import images from Instagram and Facebook.
A slide from one of my Haiku Decks. 
Haiku Deck has an adequate selection of free templates that should suit all students. However, Haiku Deck also offers additional templates for purchase.

Applications for Education
Without the option to create long lists of bullett points or big blocks of texts, the beauty of Haiku Deck is that after students create visually pleasing slides they then have to focus on really knowing their material before presenting to an audience.

While we're on the topic of sharing presentations, a question that I'm often asked is, "how can I have my students project from their iPads." There are three options that I've used. First, I have projected using a VGA dongle. Second, I've used the Reflection App to mirror my iPad to my MacBook. Third, I've used Apple TV.

Friday, March 9, 2012

9 Ways Students Can Publish Slideshows Online

Creating slideshows can be an excellent way for students to summarize their learning, share their what they've learned, and to share their ideas. If you have students that create slideshows that you or they think should be shared with a wider audience than that of their immediate peers in the classroom, the web offers many ways to do that. Here are some ways that students can publish their slides to the web.

1. The sharing method that is right under most Internet users' noses is Google Docs presentation sharing. Students can create presentations, collaborate on presentations, chat about presentations, and publish presentations using Google Docs. Google Docs presentations can be embedded into any blog or website. Students can also share presentations by emailing or Twittering the url of their presentations.

2. Empressr is a fully functional, high quality, online slide show presentation creation and sharing service. Empressr has a couple of features differentiating it from its competitors. The first feature of note is the option of embedding video from multiple sources into your slide show. The second feature of note is Empressr's editor which allows users to draw, create, or edit images inside their slides. Empressr slideshows can be embedded anywhere.


3. SlideShare is probably the most popular service for publishing slideshows to the web. While you cannot create original works in SlideShare, you can add voice narration to your slideshow with a free service offered by SlideShare. SlideShare offers a variety of widgets for embedding collections of slideshows into one webpage. If you wanted to you could create a collection of your students' slideshows and put them into one widget on one webpage. To learn more about SlideShare, watch this presentation.

4. Slide Boom, like SlideShare, allow users to upload their slide show presentations and share the slide shows publicly or privately. SlideBoom quickly converts your slide shows for use on the SlideBoom website and provides the html code for use on other websites or blogs. SlideBoom preserves the transitions you included in your original presentation when your slideshow is uploaded to SlideBoom.


5. Slide Rocket is a web based presentation creator similar to Empressr. Slide Rocket has some very nice features like 3D transitions and a collaboration feature for sharing the creation process with other users. Slide Rocket's interface is user friendly making it easy to include videos, pictures, or third party plug-ins. The quality and definition of images on Slide Rocket is far superior to that found in many of its competitors' offerings.

6. Author Stream is a service that converts your PowerPoint slideshows to flash media files. Just like SlideShare, Author Stream can be used to host and share your slide shows publicly or privately directly on the Author Stream website. In addition to sharing on the Author Stream website the slideshows you upload can also be shared via Youtube, iTunes, or embedded into a blog or website. A free companion tool to Author Stream is Author Point Lite. Author Point Lite is a desktop application that converts Power Point files to flash files. Files converted with Author Point Lite retain all of the transitions, timings, and narration created in your original file. Author Point Lite is a free download.

7. If you convert your slideshows into PDF format, you can upload them and host them on DocStoc and Scribd. Both DocStoc and Scribd will provide you with an editable (for height and width) embed code for your PDF.

8.  Hello Slide is a tool that you can use to add voice narration to slides that you display online. Hello Slide is different from services like Slideshare's Zipcast because instead of recording your voice you type what you want the narrator to say. Where you might type "speakers notes" in other slide programs, in Hello Slide you type out the narration. Hello Slide creates the audio and narrates your slides for you. While the voice is slightly robotic, it is much much better than most text to speech services. To get started using Hello Slide, register for a free account, upload a PDF of your slides, then start typing your narration. It's very easy to use Hello Slide.

9. 280 Slides is a free presentation creation tool. 280 Slides operates inside of your web browser where it looks and operates as if it was installed on your computer. In fact, one of my colleagues looked at 280 Slides and said, "is that Key Note?" One of the features that makes 280 Slides really unique is the image and video search and insert options. Rather than closing the 280 Slides window you're working on, you can find images and videos using a built in search box on 280 Slides. Using the search box on 280 Slides users find Youtube and Vimeo videos as well as images from Flickr.     280 Slides shut down in December. Sorry :(

Friday, September 23, 2011

Reel App - Share Your Slides and Get Feedback Online

Reel App provides a nice service for sharing your PPT, PDF, and image files with the world. A lot of other services do the same. What Reel App adds to it is the option to get feedback from your audience on each slide or image in your shared file.

Here's how Reel App works. Upload your file to have Reel App provide  you with an unique url for sharing of your file. Send your audience to that url to view your presentation. Your audience can view your presentation on their laptops, mobile phones, or tablets. As you go through each slide, your audience can give it a "thumbs up" or a "thumbs down" to provide you with instant feedback. After everyone has gone through the presentation you will get summary page containing the overall feedback.

Applications for Education
Reel App could be a good way for students to get feedback on presentations that they give in your classroom or that they give online. Teachers could use Reel App to perform quick checks of understanding on each slide in a deck. Have students use the "thumbs up" if they think they understand the topic of the slide and have them use the "thumbs down" if they aren't sure that they understand the topic.

Reel App is produced by the same folks who created Bounce, a collaborative screen capture tool that I reviewed last year.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Slide Six - Easily Add Narration to Slide Shows

Slide Six is a slide show hosting service that offers you the ability to add your voice narrations without having to create, upload, and sync a separate audio file. Slide Six does this by allowing you to record your narration directly through the Slide Six site. To use the feature just upload your slide show and then record your voice as you go through your slide deck. Slide Six also allows you to upload attachments to complement your presentations. YouTube and Vimeo videos are supported within Slide Six.

Slide Six supports all Power Point formats, Open Office, PDF, and MOV presentations. You can try Slide Six without creating an account through the trial uploader.

Applications for Education
If you have students creating slide shows that are going to end up in a wiki or on a blog consider having them add audio narration to their presentations before embedding them into a blog or wiki.


There is one last noteworthy aspect of Slide Six for teachers that has nothing to do with the technology of Slide Six, but everything to do with the owner and creator Todd Sharp.
Slide Six is a boot-strapped start-up and Todd is very responsive to customer questions. Follow him on Twitter and tell him I sent you.

Friday, July 9, 2010

School Clip Art - Hundreds of Free Files for Students

School Clip Art is, as the name implies, a resource for locating free school-safe clip art. School Clip Art's galleries contain hundreds of files that teachers and students can use in slideshows, videos, and other digital presentations. You'll find galleries for sports, seasons of the year, holidays, and other special occasions.

Applications for Education
If the standard clip art that comes with PowerPoint or Keynote doesn't have what you're students need, have them browse through the galleries of School Clip Art.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
NASA eClips
Open Clip Art Library

Monday, May 24, 2010

Shmoop Adds History and Literature Slideshows

Online study guide provider Shmoop recently added a new slideshow feature to their free offerings. Shmoop now offers slideshows about many topics in their study guides for US History, Civics, Literature, and a new section dedicated to Shakespeare. The slideshows are designed as visual aid supplements to their existing guides. Some of the subjects of the slideshows include King Lear, the War of 1812, and US Political Parties.

Public domain images comprise most of the images in the slideshows. All of the slideshows can be embedded into your blog or website. View the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn slideshow below.


Applications for Education
I've often had students remark that they remembered something on a quiz because they remembered a picture or graphic that I showed them in class. With some of my reluctant readers and students looking at images has often been the gateway to conversation and or students' research into a topic. Shmoop's new slideshows now provide me with a good place to start my search for images to use in my classroom.

Friday, January 8, 2010

SlideFinder - A Search Engine for Slides

SlideFinder is a search engine for slides that I recently came across via the popular links section of Delicious. You might expect SlideFinder to search places like SlideShare and Slide Six for slides, but it doesn't. Instead, SlideFinder searches the whole web for publicly-facing sets of slides. SlideFinder displays sets of slides in an easy-to-view grid format. SlideFinder provides a link to the host of slide sets.

Applications for Education
Before using any of the slides you or your students find via SlideFinder, make sure the way you plan to use the slides meets fair use guidelines. You should also check the source url provided by SlideFinder to see if the slides have a Creative Commons license.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
12 Ways for Students to Publish Slideshows Online
Presentation Storytelling 101
Six Resources for Learning About Fair Use

Monday, March 9, 2009

Updates and Improvements to Slide Six

When I initially reviewed Slide Six back in October I was very impressed by it's easy to use to interface. I was particularly impressed by the integrated capacity for adding audio narration to your slide shows. Since my initial review of Slide Six, Todd Sharp the creator of Slide Six, has made some enhancements to the service. The first improvement of note is an updated control panel that is more intuitive than when I first tried the service six months ago. The other notable improvement is the ability to embed YouTube and Vimeo videos into your presentations. You can also attach documents to accompany your presentations.

Slide Six continues to support all Power Point formats, Open Office, PDF, and MOV presentations. It is a very versatile product that students can use to create powerful multi-media presentations. You can try Slide Six without creating an account through the trial uploader. To get a better idea of what you can do with Slide Six, watch the slidecast embedded below.









Applications for Education
Now that Slide Six supports the inclusion of YouTube and Vimeo videos the number of ways that students can create slideshows has increased significantly. Now students can include in their slide presentations videos that they create with tools like Animoto and Remix America. (They would have to upload those videos to YouTube or Vimeo before putting them in the slide show).

There is one last noteworthy aspect of Slide Six for teachers that has nothing to do with the technology of Slide Six, but everything to do with the owner and creator Todd Sharp. As Larry Ferlazzo also noted, the customer service is fantastic by all accounts.

Friday, March 6, 2009

World of Teaching - Slide Shows for All Subjects

World of Teaching is a website of free power point slide shows for wide variety of subject areas and grade levels. The World of Teaching homepage features the most recent additions. All of the slide shows are organized by subject area. Each slide show is available as a free download. I would like to see World of Teaching add a preview option so that you didn't have to download each file in order to view the content.

Applications for Education
World of Teaching could be a great website to have up your sleeve when you don't have time to build a slideshow. World of Teaching's slideshows could also be good resources to look through for ideas for creating your own slideshows.

Two similar websites that I've previously written about are Pete's Power Point Station and Power Point Palooza.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Photo Peach - Quick and Easy Audio Slideshows

Photo Peach is a new service that allows you to quickly and easily create an audio slideshow, with captions, from images in your Flickr, Picassa, or Facebook account. You can also use images saved on your local hard drive to create your slideshow.

Photo Peach is similar to the very popular Animoto service although they do have some differences worth noting. Adding captions to each image is a little more intuitive on Photo Peach than it is on Animoto. To add captions to your Photo Peach slideshow simply type your desired text into the caption box that appears as each image is automatically displayed by Photo Peach. Changing the order of appearance for each image is also easier on Photo Peach than it is on Animoto. Changing the sequence of images in Photo Peach is a simple drag and drop procedure.

Compared to Animoto, Photo Peach does have some deficiencies. The transitions between images are much more varied in Animoto as compared to Photo Peach. The music options on Animoto are much greater than on Photo Peach.

Applications for Education
Photo Peach provides a quick and easy way for students to make an audio slideshow video. Many of the music options for Photo Peach are classical selections which could make a nice accompaniment to slideshow of art work.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Transcript of Obama's Inaugural Address

A number of news outlets have posted the transcript of Barack Obama's inaugural address. I found a pdf copy of the transcript on C-Span. You can access the pdf here. On the C-Span website you can also watch a video of President Obama's inauguration and inaugural address. I have embedded below a video of President Obama's inaugural address.



As many people have already noticed, Whitehouse.gov got a facelift today. At first glance, the new website features a new Whitehouse 101 page, biographies, and a blog designed to increase transparency between the President and the people.

Most major news websites including the New York Times, MSNBC, CNN, the BBC, and CBS News have posted slide shows from today's inaugural activities.

If you would like to provide your students with a sampling of how the rest of the world reacted to the inauguration of President Obama, read this article from the BBC. The article is composed of responses from correspondents posted throughout the world.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

YouTube, Copyright, and Another Reason to Use Animoto

This morning Mashable reported that YouTube has started disabling the audio aspect of videos containing the unauthorized use of copyrighted music. Included in the Mashable article is this example of a video that has had its audio track disabled. I've seen other content removed from YouTube in the past for copyright violations. I understand why YouTube has taken this action and I don't disagree with it at all.

I find this case interesting because the style of video effected is the audio slideshow style, a style of video simlar to those that you can create in Animoto. In the case of videos effected today, the video remains working, but the audio is disabled essentially leaving you with an automated slideshow.

Applications for Education
This case of YouTube disabling audio from video slideshows provides us with a reminder to use Creative Commons licensed music when creating audio slideshows. One way allow your students to creative audio slideshows without worrying about copyright infringement is to use Animoto. Animoto provides a long list of royalty-free music that students can use in their video slideshows.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Bush's Eight Years in Office - Audio Slideshow

The BBC brings us another great resource for teaching current events and modern history. Today, I found the BBC's audio slideshow of George W. Bush's eight years in office. I'm not able to embed the slideshow, but you can view it by clicking on the image below which is linked to the BBC's website.


















Applications for Education
Middle school and elementary school students will probably have little memory of the items mentioned from the beginning of Bush's time in office. That could be the stimulus for a short research assignment about events of the last eight years.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Find Flickr Images by Tag and or Location

Web developer Paul Mison has created a great mash-up tool using Flickr and Google Maps. Where? What? When? allows users to search for Flickr images by tag (keyword), by location, or by using tags and location together. For example, I searched using the tag "hiking" and the location level "continent" to find images of hiking in North America to create the map below. To see the images in the map above I just zoomed-in and clicked on a location.











Where? What? When? uses public images from Flickr, but if you authenticate (sign into your Flickr account) you can create a map of your own images.

Applications for Education
Where? What? When? could be a good tool for students to find images for slide shows or Animoto videos as many images on Flickr are tagged with Creative Commons licensing. Where? What? When? could also be an interesting way to look at what types of activities are frequently photographed in different parts of the world. For example, if you looked at the map in the screen capture above, it looks like very few photographs are taken while hiking in the Midwest, but many photographs are taken while hiking in the Northeast.

Free US History Slide Shows, Maps, and Worksheets

I'll start the New Year by sharing two resources for US History teachers. I've recently found a page of free slide shows, videos, and reproducible hand-outs from Multi Media Learning. Multi Media Learning is primarily a paid service, but one page is dedicated to free resources. You can access the free resources here.

The other US History resource that I recently found comes to us through the US History Teachers Blog. The US History Teachers Blog posted a link to a website where teachers can find a slide show to accompany every chapter of the The American Pageant textbook. This is a good time to mention that the US History Teachers Blog is a great place to find other slide shows, videos, and more resources for teaching US History. If you're a US History teacher, check it out.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

A Great Blog for Digital Storytelling Ideas

I have been subscribed to Kevin's Meandering Mind, written by Kevin Hodgson, for a couple of months. One thing that really stands out about Kevin's blog is the great ideas for and examples of digital storytelling. Kevin is a key contributor to the National Writing Project's website about digital storytelling. On Kevin's blog you will find ideas for digital storytelling projects and examples of digital storytelling projects in action. Additionally, you can find links to Kevin's slide show and video presentations from workshops that he has facilitated. I have embedded one of those slide shows below. If you view the slide show, make sure you watch the videos embedded within it.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Mac Users Rejoice - SlideShare Accepts Keynote

SlideShare is a great place to share your slide show presentations with the world, but until last Friday it wouldn't accept Keynote. You could get around this by converting your Keynote to another format and then uploading it, but this often would result in the loss of some formatting. Now Keynote users can upload directly to SlideShare. The slide show embedded below shows you how to do it.

Upload Keynote to SlideShare
View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: apple upload)


Applications for Education
SlideShare is a great way to share presentation with your students over the Internet. As winter (in the northern hemisphere) approaches more students will miss school due to illness, if you post your slide shows online they can get the information they missed from home.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Comiqs - Create Comics to Play as Slide Shows

Update May 10, 2019: This service is no longer online. 

Comiqs is a new website for creating and sharing comic strips. The difference between Comiqs and similar websites is that Comiqs displays your creations in slide show style. I have put comic strips into slide shows in the past (see this example), but I did the creation with a drawing program then put each drawing into individual slides. The Comiqs program removes the step of transferring content from a drawing application to a publishing application. Using Comiqs I can now create my comic and publish it as a slide show in one place.

Comiqs users can import images or use the Comiqs gallery of images to create the characters for a comic. Comiqs provides a variety of conversation bubbles and text styles for users.

Applications for EducationThe terms of service for Comiqs stipulates that users must be at least 13, therefore it is limited to students in grades eight through twelve. Comiqs could be used to have students create comic slide shows about a historical figure, a biology concept, or the main idea of a story.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Climbing Kilimanjaro - Inspiring Participation in Phys Ed

Last month I posted a short list of lesson plans and activities based on exploring Mount Everest. Some of those lessons and activities are designed for physical education classes. As a follow-up to that post I thought I would share this audio slide show from the BBC. The slide show is about the first team of disabled and non-disabled climbers to reach the highest point in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro.

Click on the image below to watch the slide show on the BBC's website.





















Applications for Education
I frequently hear complaints, from my friends that are physical education teachers, that today's students "don't do anything." One of my hobbies is backpacking and climbing. It seems that every month I read in outdoor magazines, stories of people inspired to get fit by seeing a picture of a mountain, reading a book, or watching a movie. The point, is you never know what might inspire someone to get in shape. This short audio slide show might inspire a student to try an activity, like hiking, that they can do for life.