Mar 27 2009

The P Word

Let’s say your professor (as professors often do) has asked you to give a presentation in class. Let’s also say that every other student is using PowerPoint, but you want to do something different. (You creative thinker, you.) Luckily, SfSS has just what you need.

First, if you do have PowerPoint slides but want to spice them up, try slideshare. Once you upload your slides, you can access them from any computer. This means that you won’t have to worry anymore about your PowerPoint file working on the classroom computer! Even better, slideshare lets you add audio to your slides so you can record your own commentary. You can also embed your presentation on a website or blog. It’s even possible for other students (or your professor) to download your slides or tag them. Now isn’t that better than a static PowerPoint presentation? EXAMPLE:

Next up is VoiceThread. This is a super cool website that lets you create a presentation from images, documents, and videos, then add comments. But not just your standard typed comments– you can also record spoken and video comments. This is a great resource for group presentations, because it allows you to collaborate in several ways to create a beautiful final product. As with slideshare, these can be embedded on an external website or downloaded. EXAMPLE:

As usual, we saved the best for last. Looking for a different kind of presentation? Something that is visually appealing without being restricted to a simple series of slides? Try Prezi! Prezi gives you a nonlinear way to design your presentation. Navigate through images, key words, diagrams, and video in a completely new way. In their own words,

Prezi allows anyone who can sketch an idea on a napkin to create and perform stunning non-linear presentations with relations, zooming into details, and adjusting to the time left without the need to skip slides.

EXAMPLE:

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