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Powerful Presentations

Typically if we ask students to prepare a presentation they will default to PowerPoint, Google Slides, Keynote, or a similar software. Depending on their skills in developing presentations, and their use of communication and design skills, the final product will be engaging and effective - or not. In 'tech speak' students who want to make a presentation successful will incorporate multimedia and hypermedia into these presentations, in addition to applying good design skills to communicate their message.

  • Mulitmedia: The integrated use of "multiple media" such as graphics, photos, sound, video, animation, and text.
  • Hypermedia: The use of "linked" media, or hypertext, which allows the viewer to get from one information element to another.
In order for our students to make best use of the power of multi- and hypermedia tools, we can expand their repertoire of tools, and skills, so that they may develop even more powerful communication products.

The tools shared in Newsletters #1 and 2# support the development of multi- and hypermedia presentations, and presented here are tools that can be used for bringing these elements together into a polished final product.  
How can you use multi- and hypermedia with your students?

The products that students produce can take many forms, and may or may not require producing individual elements (ex. separate audio, video, or image files) to be incorporated into one final presentation.


  • Audio tools: Audacity or GarageBand
  • Video tools: iMovie or Mozilla Popcorn Maker
New: Students can export the files they create in the above applications into their final presentation which could be a PPT, but it could also take the following form:
Using these tools your students could create stories, performances, tutorials, cartoons, scrapbooks, infographics, posters, and many other products that support the higher-level thinking skills of analysis, synthesis, and creation. In order to do so, students must engage with your content and create something new from it. 

Here are just a few examples of TDS/AtLs they would be applying:
  • Transfer and apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products or processes
  • Utilize old ideas in new ways and combine parts in new ways
  • Use knowledge, understanding and skills across subjects to create products or solutions 
  • Underline ways in which images and language interact to convey ideas, values and beliefs 
A K-2 lesson about integrating video and PPT to create presentations about animals and habitats.
Prezi - Non-linear presentation tool with high visual appeal. Developed like a PPT, but much more creativity needed for the presentation.

Apple iBook - Using IBook Author you can create resources for your students tailored to their needs. Cross-device use.
G5-8 Math project idea - creating podcasts integrated with PPT (audiovisual integration). Our students could do the work themselves!

Other ideas:
How can you asses a presentation? Here are some criteria to guide you:

  • content
    • accurate, current, referenced sources, error-free
  • instructional design
    • innovative information presentation
  • organization and navigation
    • logical, consistent, functional
  • appearance
    • color, font, style
  • graphics, video, and sound
    • appropriate, useful, and clear?
Click here for some examples of PPTs that are not what you might expect! They might even save PPTs reputation....
Digital Learning: Features of the Week
Amplifying Student Voice through Digital Literacy- An Edutopia article that discusses the distinction between students as 'mere' content creators and students as artists, authors, or other meaningful creator. Technology tools are not what it is about, and students need to understand ways to develop their own creativity and voice, and then be aware of ways that they can amplify that voice through the effective use of online tools - and why they might choose to do so.

Tutorials for iBook Author- iBooks Author is at first a daunting software, but once you get started it really isn't. Here are some online tutorials you can use to get started, and of course, stop by the Learning Commons for 1:1 support!

Apps of the Week:

Doceri- the interacitve whiteboard for the iPad. You or your students can create tutorials or other presentations through easy media integration and many options for communicating content, including audio recording. Similar apps are Explain Everything and Screenchomp.
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