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Presentation Tools

Page history last edited by Phil Bradley 5 years, 6 months ago

We've all heard of death by Powerpoint. Those tedious presentations where the speaker nervously reads everything off the slides which we have already scanned. It's no fun for them, and it's not much fun for us either. However, there are a number of tools that you can use to make presentations much more fun and interesting. 


Adobe Voice

This is a very simple app that you can use to create a small story video. It's great if you want to do an explainer video for example, or show and tell or to promote an idea. You simply record your voice, add in the image(s) that work with what you've said, save and move on. For a company that normally creates really complicated software,  this is refreshingly simple and easy to use. 


If you prefer to watch the video on YouTube it's available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QESp1U8Ck0M 

You can find out more about the product at https://spark.adobe.com/about/video (irritatingly they changed the name after I'd produced the video!)

You can download it at

iOS https://itunes.apple.com/app/id852555131 

At the moment there isn't a version available for Android, but there are alternatives to the product at http://alternativeto.net/software/adobe-voice/ 



This is another really simple tool that you can use to create professional quality videos. Simply choose the images that you want, (including video if you prefer) and Animoto will create a short 30 second video combining music, movement, visual effects and so on.  You can visit the website at https://animoto.com/ 


I've created a few examples if you want to have a look at them.


Rusty in the park


Library Propaganda Posters


And my video on actually using Animoto:

If you want to watch this video at YouTube its at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ilmv26zbCOA

If you want to download the app it's available at

iOS https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/animoto-video-maker-edit-slideshows/id459248037?mt=8

Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.animoto.android.videoslideshow&hl=en 


Explain Everything Classic

Explain Everything is a whiteboard application. It allows you to use your tablet device as a whiteboard, with a high level of interactivity. You can also record presentations for use later.

The website is available at https://explaineverything.com/ 

If you want to view the video online at YouTube you can find it at https://youtu.be/OlvGxsGC70g 

If you want to download the iOS version of the app it's available at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/classic-explain-everything/id431493086?mt=8 

If you want to download the Android version of the app it's available at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.morriscooke.explaineverything&hl=en 


Haiku Deck

If you've wanted to produce PowerPoint type presentations, but with a twist, then you want to take a look at Haiku Deck. You open the application and write your content onto the slide. Choose your theme, and then Haiku Deck will suggest images that you could use as a background. These images are all professionally produced and of extremely high quality. It's very easy to create your deck, which you can then share as you wish. 

Haiku Deck has a website at https://www.haikudeck.com/ and you can use the web version as well as an app based approach. 


I have produced a few Haiku Decks - one I wrote specifically for a conference speech I was giving.

 CILIP Conference 2015 - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;


The other was as a round up for another conference.

ILI 2015 - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires


Here's the course video on how to create your own Haiku Deck

If you want to watch the video on YouTube it's available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBqf89UbQZQ

If you want to download Haiku Deck it's available at 

iOS https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/haiku-deck-presentation-slideshow/id536328724?mt=8

Android hasn't got a version available yet, but there is an alternative product at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.deck.mobile&hl=en 



Padlet is a slightly different presentation tool. The other tools that we've looked at have all been for fairly static presentations, but Padlet is a more active tool. Imagine an interactive wall, on which you could easily put post-it notes, move them around, add in video or photographs or files for other people to be able to use. That's basically what Padlet does - it's an electronic version. It's very quick and easy to create and you can share your work with other people. So for example if you were introducing a course, rather than go around the room and ask people what they wanted covered, you could get them to add to a course Padlet, and you could then move the post it notes around into different categories for example. A much more enjoyable and engaging approach.

Padlet is available on the web at https://padlet.com/ and you can also use it there as well as within the apps.  You can embed the Padlet into your website or your blog, or as in this case, into the Wiki. Feel free to try it out and add some comments.


Made with Padlet


The video on creating your own Padlet

If you want to watch the video on YouTube it's available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_ICJWSFaf8

if you want to download the app, it's available at 

iOS https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/padlet/id834618886?mt=8 

Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wallwisher.Padlet&hl=en 


Post-it notes

In the Padlet video you'll learn how to create an entirely digital world of post-it notes online. However, if you still like the 'old fashioned' approach with real notes, you can use a Post-it notes app to take photographs of your notes, record them, and then play around with them in a digital format.

If you want to watch the video over at YouTube you can do so at https://youtu.be/ZSdQOnWbEbA 

If you want to view the Post-it website it's available at http://www.post-it.com/3M/en_US/post-it/ideas/plus-app/ 

The iOS version is available at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/post-it-plus/id920127738?ls=1&mt=8

Unfortunately they haven't produced a version for the Android or Windows devices.



ThinkLink is a tool that allows you to take images and add interactive links to them, such as videos, Twitter links and website addresses. These can then be shared via social media. They're a really good way to provide more content, so work well as an educational tool, a guiding tool, they're great with maps and so on.

If you want to view this video at YouTube its available at https://youtu.be/z0-yR6XnZ1w

You can visit the ThingLink website at https://www.thinglink.com/ and my channel is at https://www.thinglink.com/user/380004271191490562/channels 

You can download the app for iOS at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/thinglink/id647304300?mt=8

You can download the app for Android at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thinglink.android&hl=en




Create a presentation using one of the tools above. Share the link to it in the comments. Also feel free to add comments to the Padlet that is embedded in this page.


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