In this article, eLearning profiles the 5 best free slideshow presentation tools. If you want to take your PowerPoint to the next level, definitely give one of these tools a serious look. Some tools lends themselves better to text and images, while others are better for videos. This is a great way to improve the quality of your presentations, all while being able to make some of them available online to students.
Jason Cranford-Teague writes this article for Edutopia, in which he details the universal rules of successful classroom presentations. Whether you're using the traditional PowerPoint, or upgraded to a new tool, it's still important to be clear, concise, and simple. I like the recommendation to repeat certain slides that are important to the lesson. So many of us think about it, so now here's the go ahead that you've been looking for!
Digital Chalk explains that gamification has entered the classroom, so it's high time to gamify eLearning content. While the article is directed at distance learning, you can easily adapt "presentations" into interactive assignments and classroom activities on tablets and PC's. You can even create interactive mini-presentations for students who are sick or have snow days!
The SMART Board is an interactive whiteboard. While it looks like a traditional whiteboard, it actually has multi-touch interactivity. As its description says, it serves as a collaborative workspace for multiple students. This cutting-edge whiteboard is adaptable to every classroom, from Geography to Health class. The SMART Board even comes with its own software, making it simple to design lesson plans or activities.
3D printers are amazing, and make for great presentations. All right, so they're pretty expensive, but perhaps this article is worth submitting to your principal for consideration. In this AirWolf3D article, there are 7 solid reasons why every school should have a 3D printer. On the sidebar, there are also links to lesson plans, activities, and real-life applications of 3D printers. It might be the next big purchase your school makes- fingers crossed!
The newest addition to the G Suite, Jamboard, is poised to dominate the digital whiteboard market. In this short video, G Suite explains the versaility and portability of Jamboard, whose design focuses on the way you think. Video conferencing, board writing, and slideshow presentations (all cloud-based) can occur simultaneously. I can imagine that any teacher would be over the moon with this- but it's still in its early stages.
For the past 40 years, Starlab has provided portable planetariums so viewers can see a clear night sky. Starlab offers a variety of hardware and software packages, specifically designed for K-12 classrooms. There are even curriculum guides and printable handouts available on the website. Check out some of the videos, where students enter the inflated dome to view the night sky. It's easy to use, easy to set up, and according to Starlab, it will make you the hero of the classroom!
Brian Suda at CreativeBloq lists the 38 best tools to display data. From political maps to timelines, any type of data can be displayed in its best, most colorful form. This is an especially great resource for math and science teachers who are looking for new ways to illustrate relationships between numbers and information. Many of the tools are free, too!