Showing posts with label free slideshows. Show all posts
Showing posts with label free slideshows. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Best of 2013 So Far...76 Ways to Use Haiku Deck

We're half-way through 2013. Like I've done in years past, this week I'll be featuring some of the best new tech tools of 2013 as well as some of the most popular posts of the year.

Haiku Deck's Education Case Studies Pinterest board contains 76 examples of Haiku Deck being used by students and teachers. If you're not familiar with it or haven't tried Haiku Deck, here's what you need to know. It's a free iPad app for creating slideshow presentations. 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.


Applications for Education
Here's an example of Haiku Deck being used by first and second grade students.

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app for iPad

Here's an another Haiku Deck that I like.
Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app for iPad

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Six Free Alternatives to PowerPoint and Keynote

Twice in the last week I've been asked for a list of free alternatives to either PowerPoint or Keynote. I've written a couple of these lists over the last five years, but some of the alternatives I've shared in the past have either gone out of business or started charging a fee. Here's my updated list of free alternatives to PowerPoint and Keynote.

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.

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. Slide Rocket also has a Google Drive app.

Prezi is a popular online tool for creating slideshows that don't have to appear in the linear format typically used in slideshows. This week Prezi introduced the option to include sound in your presentations. Check out the Prezi embedded below to learn about the new audio option.


Until Google Slides came along the slideshow tool in Open Office was the slideshow creation tool that I used instead of PowerPoint. Open Office's Impress's development is still supported and available to download for free.

Google Slides is the slideshow creation tool that I use to create roughly half of all of my slideshows (the other half I make in Keynote). I like using Google Slides for collaborating with colleagues and for commenting on students' slideshows. The publishing tool in Google Slides makes it very easy to embed your slideshows into your blog or website.

If your students have iPads, you have to try Haiku Deck. Haiku Deck is a fantastic free alternative to Keynote. The key feature of Haiku Deck that stands out is the integrated image search tool. When students type a word into Haiku Deck a set of Creative Commons licensed images will be shown to the students to use in their presentations.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Speaker Deck - Another Way to Share Your Slides

There are plenty of good services on the web that enable users to publish their slides for the world to see. Speaker Deck is one of those services. Speaker Deck allows you to upload your PDFs and have them displayed as slideshows. Speaker Deck will divide and format your PDF for optimal display. Unlike a lot of other services Speaker Deck doesn't appear to have a voice-over capability, but if you're just looking to share slides, Speaker Deck's clean and simple interface offers what most people need.



Applications for Education
If you or your students have PDFs or slides that you want to publish for the world to see, Speaker Deck is an option to consider. Speaker Deck provides an embed code that you can use on your blog or you can simply direct people to the url assigned to your slides by Speaker Deck.

H/T to Larry Ferlazzo via Twitter. 

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Free Posters and Slideshows from NASA

Some websites offer so much good stuff that it's hard to find it all in one visit. NASA's website is one example of that. Every time I visit it I discover something that I hadn't seen before. My lastest discover on the NASA website is a series of four free posters and slideshows. These double-sided, 24" x 36" posters feature data, satellite images, graphs, and pictures about air, water, land, and ice. All of the images, graphs, and information on the posters are also available in slideshows created by NASA. The slideshows can be downloaded as PPT files.














You can download these posters for free, but to print them you will need a printer that can handle large paper. If you don't have a printer of the appropriate size you're not out of luck. You can use the Easy Poster Printer freeware to print the posters in 8" x 11" sections.

Applications for Education
If these Earth Science posters were just posters, I probably wouldn't have written about them. The fact that NASA makes all of the posters' information available in slideshows convinced me to share them with you. After going through the slideshows with your students the posters provide a permanent artifact that you can display in your classroom to reinforce the information from the slideshows.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
NASA Space Place - Where Science is Fun!
NASA Images - Embed Galleries of Images and Videos
NASA Quests and Challenges