In the course of my teaching career, I've tried many tools and strategies to engage students with presentations. Despite this, I am often disappointed when student presentations are text heavy with images too often there as little more than distractions. For this reason, I am always looking for different ways to help students inject a bit more creativity into their presentations.
When designing an activity and choosing resources to support students sharing their learning my top priorities include:
- Ease of Use
- Free Features
- Collaboration Features
- Online Access and Sharing
- Help Resources
There are are many great strategies and tools to support creative student-led presentations. Here is a list of some of the top web-based presentation tools that best support collaboration and creative design:
A list of creative presentation styles might include:
Peche Kucha | Infographics | Stop Motion Videos | Animated Videos
There are also many incredible free tools to edit and enhance photos online, including:
Regardless of the tool, one of my greatest struggles has been to convince kids to limit the text and to not just read off the screen. This past year I have been experimenting more with having students use infographics and then share them with the class as a "presentation". Students enjoy the process and the added benefit is that students read less from the screen and are a bit more creative in their attempts to engage the audience.
A list of our favorite infographic creation tools includes:
Additional resources to support increased engagement in presentations: