Do you have other favorite online presentation tools, examples, or ideas for using them in the library media center? Share them here.

Creating Presentations

Microsoft's Powerpoint and Apple's Keynote are two of the most popular presentation tools for teachers, students, library media specialists and administrators, and much has been written about the positive and negative impacts of these resources on teaching and learning. Powerpoint can be saved as a web document and shared on any webpage. But new web-based tools offer ways to publish and deliver those presentations as well as some new tools for creating presentations--and most are free, can be accessed from home, school, or the classroom, and foster collaboration.


idea.jpgUsing Presentation Tools

in the School Library Media Center
Media specialists report that they use online presentation tools to:
  • Help students create digital stories, escrapbooks, projects and reports
  • Teach about creating effective presentations - basics and "beyond bullet points"
  • Provide a mechanism for groups of students or colleagues to work collaboratively on a presentation
  • Provide multimedia alternatives for book reports and book reviews
  • Help students and teacher create better presentations
  • Structure meetings
  • Structure presentations to groups
  • Provide background for a guest speaker
  • Provide media center orientation information - available to all at any time
  • Enhance wikis
  • Create interest in a topic, title, or author
  • Demonstrate new technology tools
  • Create promotions for new titles and events
  • Create visuals for morning news programs
  • Make training and workshop presentations available for review
  • Record school and media center events and make them available to parents, teachers, students
  • Present new information to teachers and/or students
  • Promote book fairs and special events
  • Create presentations to parents - available later online for review or for those who could not attend
  • Organize research on topics of interest
  • Create slideshows and online presentations for and with teachers on unit or lesson topics and make available to students from the media center, classrooms or homes
  • Create templates for student work
  • Work collaboratively on a presentation with a colleague
  • Present remotely - without having to carry equipment or worry about fonts, etc.
  • Create step by step tutorials on any topic with photos, illustrations, narration, audio
  • Create online booktalks and trailers for new titles or topics of interest
  • Create templates for projects and research reports - group or individual

five.jpgFive to Test Drive

The five most popular online presentation tools are:
Presentation in GoogleDocs

  • GoogleDocs While many think of this as a collaborative online writing or word processing tool, it also offers a presentation maker similar to Powerpoint or Keynote. You can upload Powerpoints or Create your own original presentation online then publish them on the web, email them, embed them on your website, etc. Several people can edit at once, too. Google also has templates for documents, spreadsheets and presentations available for students and teachers. ZohoShow is similar and also free.

  • SlideShare provides a way to share already created Powerpoint presentations online, tag them, email them, get comments on them, and get html code for embedding them to your own blog, wiki or website. You can add audio, notes, and even YouTube videos to your Powerpoint presentations in SlideShare. You can also find presentations others have created on the topic and communicate with those who have similar interests.

VoiceThread book review by students

  • VoiceThread "is an online media album that can hold essentially any type of media (images, documents and videos) and allows people to make comments in 5 different ways - using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (with a webcam) - and share them with anyone they wish. A VoiceThread allows group conversations to be collected and shared in one place, from anywhere in the world. is reserved for K-12 education only. There is a VoiceThread Ning where you can share ideas and examples with other educators who use VoiceThread. There is also a VoiceThread wiki and a VoiceThread directory. In the directory, educators can add their contact information, VoiceThread project description, project dates and grade level if they are looking for collaborators on projects. Be sure to see the library page and examples. More examples and ideas can be found in Voicethread Examples in Education.

  • Animoto Upload photos, select music and Animoto renders a music video for you. Quick and easy. A 30-second video is free; a4e_190x110.jpglonger is $3. An all-access pass ($30) lets you create all the videos you want for a full year. To get an all-access pass and save $5 click here. (Full-disclosure: I'll save $5 too!). Also, check out the Animoto Education program and features. Animoto Education newsletter subscription and more here.

Video: Web 2.0 Presentation Tools
From the video: Hall Davidson and Steve Dembo discuss Web 2.0 presentation tools

more.jpgMore to Explore

  • 123slideshowis a site which allows you to create a flash slideshow from your pictures directly online on the server without knowing anything about flash.
  • 280 Slides Create presentations online, import images from your Flickr or YouTube account, present from the web or export to Powerpoint, share via SlideShare.
  • Ahead Zoom from point to point, pan, add audio, video, photos, text.
  • AuthorStream (upload and share Powerpoint shows)
  • Biteslide is a fantastic free Web 2.0 site for educators and students to use to create amazing interactive presentations, known as slidebooks. These slidebooks (similar to a digital portfolio) are simple to make through a drag-n-drop interface that allows users to add: text, images, videos, and more. Best of all a teacher can create student accounts (no student email required) and then embed their finished products into a site or blog. (Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyberhero)
  • Brinkpad
  • Buncee
  • EMaze Pick a template. Create a presentation. Web-based presentation software that is easy to use and impressive to an audience. View and edit your presentations on any computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone
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    Presentation Templates in ZohoShow
  • FlixTime create free 60-second videos from slides and video clips, add titles.
  • FlowVella provides you with a set of professionally-designed templates to choose from. These include: video presentations, reports, portfolios, photo galleries and many more. With drag and drop you can include photos, videos, sounds, text, GIFs, PDFs and images from major cloud based services like Google Drive and Dropbox right into your Flows. Additionally, FlowVella works offline allowing you to create presentation without Internet connection. All your Flows can be shared via a customizable link that works across different devices.
    (Educational Technology & Mobile Learning)
  • Fotobabble creates slideshows from a series of "talking photos."
  • HelloSlide allows you to upload a presentation, type the voice-over (instead of recording it), and play it using a synthesized (but quite realistic) voice. Also, you can make your talks available in multiple languages.
  • ImageLoop is an image hosting site that also lets you create slideshows, guest books, and videos from your images.
  • IngniteCast Create multimedia using images, videos, powerpoints, screencasts, voiceovers, music, and more. Then upload your creations to IgniteCAST. You can share your content with the world or privately.
  • Jux Choose from a number of ways to share your photographs that can be embedded in a class web page or blog, and shared with families, or view on your big screen whiteboard. Whether you choose to create a single captioned image, an entire slideshow, or (my favorite) a countdown set of instructions, Jux makes the process quite simple and provides a number of ways your finished project can be shared. (Tech Talk for Teachers)
  • Kizoa Slideshow maker and photo editor; special effects and music. Embed or burn to DVD.
  • Knovio Upload your Powerpoint slides and then use your webcame to add narration. Sometimes facial expresions are important!
  • Mad Video - Create interactive videos by adding text, links and other actions to your video or a YouTube video.
  • Magnoto Like magnets on your refrigerator door, but these magnets can hold text, images, sounds and videos..and you background can be any image you' d like.
  • Memoov Select a setting, select a character or characters, and add dialogue to create an animated presentation up to 4 minutes in length.
  • Moonk
  • MotionFX select elements: theme, media, audio, text etc then click to create a video.
  • My BrainShark Powerpoints can be uploaded, narrated, saved, shared and embedded. Documents can be uploaded and narrated and photo albums can be made. Upload audio or phone it in! Embed and share. Get statistics and comments.
  • My Pic Pals generates a slideshow with music.
  • MyPlick Share, embed and discover presentations and slide shows online. You can upload your presentation documents in a variety of formats such as powerpoint, pdf, openoffice odp, etc. If you need to add narration or sound effect to your presentation, you can upload an audio file and have the option to synchronize the audio with your slides using our online easy-to-use sync tool. Once a presentation is made, you will have the choice to either publicly share with everyone or only share it within a small private group.
  • Narrable is another good web tool that you can use with your students to create audio narrations.The process is very easy and simple: upload pictures you have on your computer, then add a soundtrack to them ( this can be an audio recording you do with your mic or one you already have on your computer) and share your final work with others through email or social media. (Educational Technology and Mobile Learning)
  • Nota Mash your ideas and media together with friends in a dynamic whiteboard wiki. Using photos, videos, and other web content you can instantly create brainstorms, presentations, scrapbooks
  • OneTrueMedia Share, embed, put on DVD, show on Tivo
  • ParadeCreate beautiful sharable, scrollable albums and stories. Parade uses your pictures on Dropbox, your computer or mobile device.
  • PhotoPeach moving photos with your choice of background music, captions on each photo, fun effects, and more. According to Larry Ferlazzo's blog post of 6/13/09, PhotoPeach has " now added the ability to use images off the web by using their url addresses, plus you can also now create quizzes within your slideshow."
  • PhotoRem Upload, edit, organize, create slideshows and share. Upload videos, too...and pdf files and more!
  • Photoshow creates beautiful slideshows from your images. Import from and/or export to Facebook, Myspace, and others if you'd like. Slideshows can be public or private.
  • Photosnackis an online picture slideshow maker that allows you to create and share photos online for free. A large choice of professional looking templates are provided.
  • Photozig Free photo editor and slideshow maker.
  • PicoVico Creates videos from your photos. Import pictures from Facebook,Flickr or computer,and adds music and text to it.Export to YouTube or Facebook, embed it on your blog or webpage, or just share the link. Easy to use.
  • Picture TellerSlideshow generator with some unique featues. Use your photos, choose from their gallery or use both. Upload or record sound. Pan and zoom; label parts of the images. Save, download and/or embed.
  • Picture Trail provides a nice variety of layouts and effects for your slideshows. Email or use the slideshow on your webpae.
  • Upload a photo and then a song or narration and email it to a friend or to yourself!
  • Powtoon An animated presentation tool offering a variety of styles. Read how teachers and students are using Powtoon here. I made our Christmas greeting with it this year and it was easy and fun! You can export it as a video to YouTube, too.

  • Prezi With the help of Prezi you can create maps of texts, images, videos, PDFs, drawings and present in a nonlinear way. Zooming presentation maker. See some resources for learning more about Prezi here.
  • beta service of is simple private web-based realtime presentations. Present documents, video, photos, audio, and more to a scalable number of participants. To start a presentation from an existing drop just click 'start presentation' on the right hand column or click 'start presentation' on the bottom 'chat layer'- it is just one click to instantly get going. Watch the video to get an idea of what you can do.
  • Prezentit wlll allow you to narrate your slideshow. Create a presentation and upload it. Then record your narration with your webcam. PresentIt presents both screens at the same time to your viewers.
  • Projeqt Create slideshows with lots of extras: Projeqt allows the users to embed videos and even news feeds from different social networking websites, for example Facebook, to the slideshow.
  • QlipBoard
  • Raw Shorts Create quick animated videos with your content from templates.
  • Reel lets you turn your images, powerpoints, or PDFs into mobile-friendly online slideshows, embed the presentation on your website or blog, get feedback and then compile a report of the feedback and comments.
  • Online presentation generator and editor.
  • Scrapblog is a free online slideshow generator which lets you create your own digital scrapbooks and slideshows within minutes.
  • Slide
  • SlideAware
  • SlideBomb according to the website, SlideBomb is "not your typical slideshow. Add YouTube videos, Google Maps, iamges, links to images, text and more to your slides. SlideBomb Academy offers free access for teachers and their students along with the ability to approve slideshows before they are posted , organize them by class and project, and more.
  • Slideful lets you upload your images and add a transition effect.
  • provides an easy way to create social videos using your favorite photos and music and share it quickly with your friends on all popular social websites.
  • SlideRocket (Free for individual users. Schoolwide pricing plans available.)
  • SlideRollis a photo slideshow maker that allows you to publish your own photo and video gallery easily.
  • SlideServe - Upload and share your PowerPoint presentations publicly or privately with the world. Embed / Email the presentations to social networking sites, blogs and friends.
  • SnapShow
  • With SlideSix you can upload and share powerpoint, pdfs, Quicktime movies, YouTube and Vimeo videos and other elements you've already created in tools like Animoto or Remix America. Add notes and attachments or record audio and video directly to the site..(via Free Technology for Teachers) Slide Six is a slide show hosting service that offers you the ability to add your voice narrations without having to create, upload, and sync a separate audio file. Slide Six does this by allowing you to record your narration directly through the Slide Six site.
  • SlideStory allows you to crate a slideshow from your own images and narrate them in your own voice and then embed it in your own webpage, link to it, or email it.
  • Smilebox s a web-based or downloadable program that lets you create cards, photo albums and slideshows with your own photos. New seasonal templates offered frequently. Beautiful templates and audio. Free or premium.
  • sPresent
  • Stupeflix Create a movie quickly from your audio, phtotos, and/or videos. Very easy to use. Choose output in QuickTime, Flash or for your iPhone! Download and use!
  • Sway Create and share interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, and more. Sway suggests searches to help you find relevant images, videos, tweets, and other content that you can drag and drop right in to your creation. allows you to upload your existing presentations or create new ones from scratch and share them live with your students through a generated link. Swipe works across different devices and browsers allowing you to project your presentation on a bigger screen and remotely control it via your mobile device. You will also have access to a number of features to interact with your audience and get their feedback through interactive polls. Other interesting functionalities provided by Swipe include:upload PDFs and images (no limit on file size), create slides with markdown, a responsive interface that adjusts the content of your presentation to any size screen, include videos (from YouTube and Vimeo) and web content to your decks, work with collaborators by allowing them to edit, present or just view presentations, get stats about who has viewed or is viewing your presentations and many more. (Educational Technology & Mobile Learning)
  • TeemingPod allows you to share PowerPoint presentations and collaborate, get comments on each slide, tag slides with relevant keywords for easy access and recommend useful slides. (free version available with limited users)
  • Thematic was "designed for creating and sharing picture stories. Thematic allows you to display up to twenty pictures organized around a theme of your choosing. You can add a line or two of text to each image in your story. Your completed story is displayed in a vertically scrolling format with each of your images occupying all of the available space in your browser. Completed stories can be shared publicly or kept private." (Free Technology for Teachers)
  • ThinkFree Sho
  • A combination slide show, video sharing site, photo sharing site, timeline, blogging, scraobook and map mashup.
  • Thumbstacks
  • TotSplash lets you brainstorm ideas with a mindmap and then turn that into a prezi-like presentation. A good way to focus more on content and less on "glitter."
  • Toufee
  • UTellStory "You can make slideshows with your own images or grab ones off the web and easily add a audio you record, as well as text, to it. You can make them private or public, and they’re embeddable. You can also let your slideshows be re-used and mixed by others." (Larry Ferlazzo) You can easily create and share stories with audio, image, video and words. You don’t have to use all of these media together in one story but you can if its necessary. A story can be as simple as one photo or can be a combination of multiple images, video, audio recording and background music. The idea is to empower you to tell your stories, engage your students and make an impact. (Educational Technology and Mobile Learning)

  • UrTurn "Express yourself using rich media, cool apps and your favorite online content and services to create your posts on the fly! (formerly Webdoc)
    Embed and share your post wherever your friends/fans are: on Facebook, Twitter, your blog or website." Make it public or keep it private. Similar to Glogster but different. "With webdoc, your students become educational content creators. Engage them to search collaboratively for information to build their own curriculum and content that is not only more creative, but up to date. Mashup, build, produce and share! Not only are your students learning, they are engaging in the learning process with video, sound, text, maps, and much more."
  • Vcasmo combine video and slides on the same screen, synchronize, share
  • ViewBook
  • VuVox is actually a suite of presentation tools:
    • Use COLLAGE to quickly produce dynamic interactive panoramas with hot-spots.
    • Use STUDIO to build a personalized media presentation... and, place it in your COLLAGE.
    • Use EXPRESS to build presentations with dynamic content from RSS feeds and online albums.
    • Tap into CUT-OUT Express to use your photos as frames for slideshows.
  • Zeetings Build your presentation and insert audience participation questions. Deliver interactive presentations that combine PowerPoints and PDFs with video, web content, images and polls. Everyone participates from their own device, in person or remote, in real-time or in their own time.
  • Zentation Powerpoint and video side by side
  • ZohoShow

A little different:
  • ADAM Upload a PDF file and then add "hotspots" to it. The hotspots can contain audio, video, photos, text and more.
  • Amazon slideshow widget lets you create a slideshow of any Amazon product (bookcovers, cds, dvds, etc.) Perfect for new titles or booktalks.

  • BlowUp Creates full screen slideshows from your Flickr images.
  • Dipity a site that makes it simple for your students to create and share interactive timelines about any subject or topic. It allows students to embed You Tube videos, Twitter, RSS feeds, Blogger, flickr, Picasa, Last FM, and more right into their timelines.
  • Draft Doggy allows you to create website tours — a series of websites where you also leave your own descriptive text or instructions on each page. You can use it to create Internet scavenger hunts. Visitors can also leave comments.
  • EdCanvas Collect information on any topic on your page (or canvas) and then present (or play) your canvas. See this example on Common Core. Click "play canvas" in the upper left hand corner to see how a presentation would look.
  • FormatPixel Page based presentations
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    Jog the Web
    Jog the Web Create a step by step tour of websites or webpages with your own comments on each page. Others can comment or answer the questions you ask. Pages can also be displayed as a slideshow.
  • Museum Box Gather items to describe of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box; display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view and comment on the museum boxes submitted by others.
  • creates a slideshow for webpages, which are sourced either from popular websites such as (for best webpages), digg (for most entertaining stories), google news (for latest news), yahoo, flickr, youtube, etc. or from a list provided by you or from your RSS feed(s). You can then embed the slideshow in your own webpage.
  • OurStory A collaborative timeline with stories, pictures, videos
  • Qwiji Easy to use web tour creator. Create, show full screen, annotate, comment, share.
  • ScrapBlog Arrange photos, text, videos, music into scrapbook-like pages
  • TagSlides Offers a visual way for you to browse the net. Using tags, Tagslides creates a slideshow of corresponding websites, each of whose start page you get to view for 15 seconds. If you decide you want to go to the site, you can pause the show and check it out.
  • Tikatok Kids can write, illustrate and publish their own books here, read what others have written, collaborate as writers and/or illustrator, comment on what others have written. Printed copies can be ordered.
  • TrailFire Create an online tour through your webpages or any group of webpages--and users can comment
  • TrailMeme Similar to TrailFire and/or Jog the Web. Create a path through websites for others to follow. Comments or directions and navigation at the top of each page.
  • ViewBix lets you build interaction with any YouTube video. You can add a link, a twitter feed, an RSS feed, and more. Here's an example:

  • Virtual Whiteboard A web-based collaborative system that provides a realtime canvas for thinking, designing, and working with your colleagues, clients, friends or family.
  • WebSlides Turns your Diigo bookmarks into a slide show
  • Yugma Free web conferencing including screen sharing.

Learn More!

  • 25 Tools: GoogleDocs Activities that comprises a number of short tasks to help you find out more about the technology behind GoogleDocs, the tool itself and why it is so popular, how to use the tool and reflect on its application for teaching, learning and for productivity and performance support.
  • Google Docs Tutorials Set up an account, create and share documents and presentations.
  • 25 Tools: Slideshare Activities that comprises a number of short tasks to help you find out more about the technology behind Slideshare, the tool itself and why it is so popular, how to use the tool and reflect on its application for teaching, learning and for productivity and performance support.
  • 25 Tools: VoiceThread Activities that comprises a number of short tasks to help you find out more about the technology behind VoiceThread, the tool itself and why it is so popular, how to use the tool and reflect on its application for teaching, learning and for productivity and performance support.
  • Animoto Tutorials on YouTube
  • Creating Professional Looking Powtoons (video recording of a webinar)
  • Google Drive and Docs Tutorials
  • How to Create a VoiceThread
  • Prezi Tutorials
  • ZohoShow Features (most are also true of most online presentation tools)
  • SlideRocket has some very nice instructional videos.
  • Most online presentation tools have a tutorial, demo, or tour to help you get started.

More Info

For more info.gifabout presentation tools in libraries and library media centers, see:



Note: Rubistar is an excellent web-based source of rubrics for any project or topic.
Search by the specific type of rubric you want, or make your own!

Another good source of ready-made rubrics is iRubric. If you can't find what you want, you can create your own or modify an existing one. iRubrics can be embedded in webpages or wikis, too.
You might also want to explore Project Based Learning Checklists from To make a project checklist for your students, choose the grade level for the type of project you want your students to do. You can choose from writing, presentation, multimedia or science projects. Then choose from a list of project guidelines and add your own if you'd like,