Presentation and Archiving
Presentation and archiving tools allow students to present projects to the instructor, to the class, or to the general public. Communication tools also factor heavily into this phase of project-based collaborative learning. Oftentimes the co-creation tool will also be used as the presentation tool but there are some collaborative technology tools that are mainly used for sharing or downloading the presentation.
SlideShare – Teachers or students can upload documents and presentations to SlideShare to share ideas, conduct research, connect with others or make their presentation public. Anyone can view presentations & documents on topics that interest them, download them and reuse or remix for their own work.
Google Slides – Students can create beautiful slides with the presentation editor, which supports things like embedded videos, animations and dynamic slide transitions. Publish the presentations on the web so anyone can view them, or share them with a chosen group of users. (Updated note: If you have previously published Google Presentations using the “old” Google Docs – before the transition to Google Drive – you might want to go through and make sure that they are still marked as “published to the web” otherwise users may not be able to view your presentations.) Users can also upload presentations made with PowerPoint or Keynote into Google Slides but some formatting or animations may be lost.
VoiceThread: A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways – using voice through a Facebook Fan Page (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). VoiceThread is a perfect platform to use when you want to share presentations using an asynchronous method. Users can doodle while commenting, use multiple identities, and pick which comments are shown through moderation. VoiceThreads can even be embedded to show and receive comments on other websites. K-16 VoiceThread examples.
Prezi: Prezi is a virtual whiteboard that transforms presentations where images and words work together to present an idea or lesson. With Prezi Meeting, teams can collaborate live or simply present prezis with up to 10 people in a prezi at one time. Prezi Meeting is included in all license types.
Students can build project sites without writing a single line of code using Google Sites. It’s as easy as writing a document and to save time, teachers can provide students with pre-built templates. Students can present their content and embed in all sorts of gadgets from documents to videos to images to shared calendars and more. Student or teacher-created websites are also great for archiving student projects from year to year.
Screencasting: A screencast is a digital recording (movie) that captures actions taking place on a computer desktop or tablet device. Screencasting is another asynchronous platform for creating and sharing presentations or tutorials. The movies can be embedded or shared by the link. Screencasts are very popular with the “flipped classroom” or “reverse instruction” programs.
There a lot of free apps out on the web for screencasting, most of which also have paid versions that provide more capabilities. Screencast-O-Matic was one of the first screencasting tools published and is still around (and kept up to date). It works with both the Mac and the PC and requires no installation. The same folks who make Camtasia (paid software) make Jing – a popular app that lets you easily capture screen activity, record voice-over, and publish clips up to 5 minutes long. Screenr is another popular, free, web-based screencasting tool that works with the Mac and PC.
Miscellaneous publishing or presentation tools:
- Animoto (Education edition) is an easy way to create and share videos. The online video maker turns your photos, video clips and music into video in minutes.
- Glogster EDU allows students to combine images, video, music, photos and audio to create multimedia pages. Glogs can be embedded into any webpage.
- Issuu and Scribd are digital publishing platforms of user-created magazines, catalogs, and newspapers.
- Museum Box provides the tools for students to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. You can add text, images, video and sound to the side of the cubes.
- iBooks Author is a Mac app that allows anyone to create multi-touch textbooks or books to be viewed on the iPad.
- Snapguide is a free iOS app and web service for those that want to create and share step-by-step “how to guides.”