Alternatives To PowerPoint
Here are several listings. There are more up to date recommendations here:
Canva (app or website)
Canva - Easily design beautiful, professional graphics. Canva gives you all the tools you need to design. Canva is a simple, drag-and-drop, design software that’s completely online and free to use. Choose from hundreds of professionally designed layouts or create your own designs from scratch. Several images and layouts are free, but there is a paid element to this website. Easy to design and use it for free, but has the option to up your game if you decide to.
- Social Media Posts - Posters
- Presentations - Cards
- Facebook covers - Collages
- Blog Graphics - Documents
- Business Cards - Invitations
or via the Chrome Web Store: http://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/canva/mbcfmcoibkecmionmehabndbljdleekf?hl=en-US
iMovie (app or software)
iMovie puts everything you need to tell your story at your fingertips, with a beautifully streamlined interface and Multi-Touch gestures that let you enjoy your videos like never before. Browse your video library, quickly share favorite moments, and create beautiful HD movies and Hollywood-style trailers.
Free to download on new devices. $4.99 for older devices.
The links for the iMovie how-to videos are below:
for iMovie Trailers
Keynote is the most powerful presentation app ever designed for a mobile device. Built from the ground up for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, it makes creating a world-class presentation — complete with animated charts and transitions — as simple as touching and tapping. Start with an Apple-designed theme and add text, images, charts, tables, and shapes with just a few taps. Highlight your data with stunning interactive bar, column, scatter, and bubble charts. Present right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Or use video mirroring to present on an HDTV, and preview your slides and notes on your device using the Presenter Display.
Free to download on new devices. $9.99 for older devices.
Quickly add photos and footage from your PC or camera into Movie Maker. Then fine tune your movie just the way you want it. You can move things around, speed it up or slow it down—it’s up to you.
a free download in Windows Essentials
The free website Tackk allows anyone to create anything and share it anywhere. There is no software to download, and no special design or development skills needed. Your design, which can include your own photos, is automatically saved for one week. If you want it kept longer than that, all you need to do is register (it's free).
Tackk is a great tool for students to use because it is so simple, but also offers lots of customization choices. Students can use it to create simple webpages or posters of key concepts they are learning in class, as well as develop their own sense of style.
Need and email to sign up, but they don't send email confirmation to verify the sign up, once you create an account you have complete access.
Tackk now has an education page: http://tackk.com/education
Glogster provides an online environment to design interactive posters. The user inserts text, images, photos, audio (MP3), videos, special effects and other elements into their glogs to generate a multimedia online creation. Posters can be shared with other users on the site, embedded in external wikis or blogs, and shared via many social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Glogs can also be exported and saved to computer-compatible formats. It looks like a poster, but readers can interact with the content. Currently this social network has over one million registered users. Although the majority of Glogster users are teens, the tool is currently being used for advertising as well as for CVs.
Creating your first glog:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIhCDKbAoIU
Haiku Deck http://www.haikudeck.com
is a free app that lets users create presentations using professionally designed themes. The platform is very image focused, and includes tons of stock images (licensed via Creative Commons and Getty Images) to use in the presentations. You can also integrate your own images from your mobile device, Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, Picasa, or Dropbox. Users also have the ability to create charts (pie, bar, etc) from within the app. While some will find the interface to be somewhat restrictive, it is made to encourage the ‘best practices’ from presentation experts – it basically makes you focus on one idea per slide, with lots of images, and clean, concise formatting – especially useful as a tool that students will use! We like it because it is free, easy to use, the interface is good looking, and the presentations come out looking great.
is a web based presentation tool that focuses on including all types of elements seamlessly into your presentation. The interface is really easy to use, and allows users to pull content from a variety of sources and integrate it into the presentation without looking messy. So when you need to add in a webpage (even if it has its own multimedia). You can even use live Tweets or blog feeds. Since the presentations can include continually updating material (as with a Twitter feed), the presentations you make aren’t static and won’t always require updating the way a static presentation would. Signing up for an account is free, and the site offers sign up with Facebook or Twitter.
$2.99 app for the ipad
Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere.
Create slides, draw in any color, add shapes, add text, and use a laser pointer. Rotate, move, scale, copy, paste, clone, and lock any object added to the stage.
Add new or existing photos and videos. Import PDF, PPT, DOC, XLS, Keynote, Pages, Numbers, and RTF files from Evernote, Dropbox, Box, GDrive, WebDAV, Email, iTunes, and any app that allows you to open these files types using "Open In…". Export MP4 movies, PDF documents, PNG images, or XPL project files directly from your iPad.
No account is necessary to use Explain Everything and share creations.
If you're tired of watching your students' PowerPoint slideshows, have them use Movenote to add video and sound to them.
Movenote works with Google Drive, Microsoft mail, Gmail, and Google Docs and on any device.
Students open Movenote inside their email program, prompting their camera to automatically be activated. They then add their content (from any document type) and begin recording themselves talking through the information.
This is a wonderful tool for the flipped classroom and for having students showcase what they've learned in a particular unit of study. It won’t show annotations to the slides/still images. But would be a great entry point for flipping your lessons.
Free registration with an email account is required. If you are a Google Apps for Education district, there is a simple add-on available in Google Drive. There is also an app for iOS devices.
Meograph has some great features for education. For example, it allows you to create a timeline and build your presentation around it. It also incorporates the use of maps, sound, pictures, video, etc. into a cohesive, interactive story. This is great for book reports, or almost anything in history or science.
Has a free version, that seems to be great for student work. At last check, it required an email to sign up, but no verification process is done. A dummy email address will work, but the student will need to remember that to log back in and edit or share.
Some information from: http://www.edudemic.com/presentation-tools-teachers/