Power Up Your Presentations with PowerPoint Mix & Other Great Presentation Tools

Looking for a new idea for student presentations? Need an alternative to PowerPoint? Want a fun discussion starter? During this in-service, we will take a look at PowerPoint Mix and learn how to use a variety of apps and other free web-based presentation tools. Explore fun alternatives to traditional presentations in any subject area. Bring an existing lesson and leave with a presentation ready for classroom use. Infographics will also be explored in this session.

--Teachers will explore various tools used to present content
--Teachers will create content using various tools

Success Criteria:
--Teachers can log in to selected tools.
--Teachers can create content/projects using the selected tools.
--Teachers can share projects created using the selected tools.

Why do we need alternatives to PowerPoint in the classroom?

***Although there are a plethora of online presentations geared toward the classroom, we will concentrate on 8 today.

1) Haiku Deck - makes it a snap to create beautiful presentations that will wow your audience – whether you're pitching an idea, teaching a lesson, telling a story, or igniting a movement.

2) Piktochart - is a web-based infographic software which allows users without intensive experience as graphic designers to create professional-grade infographics, using templates.

3) Powtoon - This website allows users to create colorful, visually engaging animated presentation (cartoon mashup) with drag-and-drop simplicity.

4) Sway - Sway is part of O365.  You can find it under the "waffle tile" or "apps launcher".  The purpose of Sway is to convey concepts quickly, easily and clearly. Unlike PowerPoint, it is primarily for presenting ideas onscreen rather than to an audience. Tutorials, topic introductions and interactive reports are the sort of things to which it lends itself. Sway presentations are backed up to the cloud, and can be easily shared or embedded in websites.

5) Nearpod - allows teachers to construct presentations using the Nearpod website and deliver instruction to students by pushing content out to multiple devices at once. The teacher controls the presentation from a master iOS device, while students follow along on a class set of iPods or iPads.

6) Tackk - Engage students, improve collaboration and spark creativity through online newsletters or digital poster.

7) Info.gram - Infogram is an easy to use Infographic and Chart Maker. Create and share beautiful infographics, online charts and interactive maps.  (Some features only available with paid version.)

8) Thinglink - is the leading platform for creating interactive images and videos for web, social, advertising, and educational channels. Be creative! Make your images come alive with video, text, images, shops, music and more! Every image contains a story and ThingLink helps you tell your stories.

9) OfficeMix -  Office Mix is a free extension to PowerPoint that makes it easy to turn your PowerPoint presentations into interactive online lessons and share them with your students and colleagues in OneNote, on the web, or in your learning management system.
With Office Mix, you can add:
--Audio and video narration
--Real-time digital inking
--Screen recordings that show actions you take on your computer
--Quizzes and polls
--Simulations, videos, and live web pages

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