Sunday, January 17, 2016

Infographics & Creative Student-Centered Presentations

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:

Prezi  |  WeVideo  |  Glogster  |  Canva  |  Powtoons  |  Google Slides
Padlet  |  Haiku Deck  |  Nearpod  |  Movenote  |  GoAnimate

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: