Presenting & Archiving

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.

Haiku Deck (iPad app) and the newly updated Haiku Deck Web enables anyone to create beautiful slide presentations.  Haiku Deck intentionally limits how much text that you can put on each of your slides and it helps you find Creative Commons licensed images for your presentations. When you type a word or words on your slides you can have Haiku Deck search for images for you. The images that Haiku Deck serves up are large enough to completely fill your slide. You can also upload your own images from your iPad or import images from Instagram and Facebook.  Another excellent presentation app is Keynote.



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.

Some other easy website creation tools are:  WixWeebly for EducationYola and Webs.


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.”

Tech Tip Tuesday: Google Sites Examples

Last week you learned that Google Sites is a completely online-based tool that allows you to create a simple or extensive web site. With a few clicks, you can create multiple pages, embed rich content, and even allow others to add and collaborate on content.  Sites brings together all of the other great Google tools – letting you easily embed Google Docs, Calendar, Picasa albums, and much more!

Types of Pages

  • Web page – A basic page that allows you to write content and embed gadgets.  This is your basic blank slate.
  • Dashboard – A two column webpage with four placeholder gadgets to make it easy to get started creating an overview of information or embed gadgets.
  • File cabinet – A page where you can upload and share files.  You can create folders for different subjects.
  • List – This page can be used to create to-do lists or assignment lists.  You can easily add or remove items.
  • Announcements – This a perfect tools for adding recent announcements to your page.  While much of your content remains static, this lets place time-stamped information anywhere on your site.

Exemplar Google Sites from schools or educators:

A Study of Politics for the Digital Generation…
At this site you’ll find links and lessons to help your students participate and learn about American political elections with online tools from Google. Explore ways to infuse 21st Century Google tools into your classroom during the election season and beyond. Next set up your own participatory Google Site for your students.

Digital Photography Lessons for All snapshots, this online workshop will explore the variety of ways digital photography enhances all curricular areas by integrating the elements of art and the geography of place into projects and assignments for students.

World History An example how a teacher uses a Google Site with his history class.  Includes syllabus, unit plans, assignments, and announcements. Love the embedded slide show of French Revolution hat projects!


Gone Google A website with listings of lesson ideas that incorporate Google tools.  Lesson ideas for Art, LA, Science, SS and Multi-discipline.

Greetings from …” Postcard Geography This is an online Postcard exchange Project.  Classes are invited to participate in a collaborative Google Map project. It is open to classrooms of all ages and any location. The main goal of this project is to share famous landmarks, locations, or unique aspects of your home state or region.

Online Learning Circles:  Building Knowledge through Collaborative Projects Learning circles is a structured form of collaboration that balances the value of individual ownership with collective responsibility for accomplishing shared learning goals.  This site is devoted to helping others understand what online learning circles share in common across all of these settings.

Seabasticook Valley Middle School Using sites for student projects and have quite a bit of integration with the other Google tools like Picasa Slideshows, Calendars, Links to blog posts in Blogger, etc.

Creating an Interactive Portfolio  with Google Sites – Using examples from my Google Sites portfolio developed by Helen C. Barrett, Ph.D

Tech Tip Tuesday Archive of weekly tips for using Google tools and products.

You can see that Google Sites can be used for any grade level or any subject area.  If you are looking for a flexible and easy to use online website creator – then Google Sites will work great.  You can even use it with your students to share projects, track assignments, share document sources and project planning. The pages can be customized with themes and your own logo!

Because Google Sites is built on a wiki foundation, all versions of your document are saved. This means you can always go back to early versions of the document and compare changes between different versions.  Another great feature is that Page subscribers can be notified when the page is updated.

Tech Tip Tuesday: Google Sites

By MaryFran Lynch

With Google Sites you can create custom web pages. As with many of Google tools, one of the great things (besides being free) is that you can collaborate with others on the creation and content of the pages. It is easy to share video, presentations, and calendars. You decide the level of sharing you would like to permit, and you can limit access to your site to small group or you can make it viewable by the public.

To get started, you will need a Google account. Once you sign in, you can find “Sites” under the “More” drop-down menu, or you can go to Here, you can choose to “Create new site.” It’ll take you to the page you will use to name your site, set up your initial security option, and chose a theme.

Once you create your site, adding content is as easy as using many text editors. Choose “Edit page.” You can now rename and add content to the page.

In the Edit mode, you can easily insert video, Google Docs documents, spreadsheets, spreadsheet forms, presentations, Picasa photo slide shows, calendars, or gadgets You can change the format, insert a table, or chose to have a two-column layout.

Once you save your page, you are taken back to your “home page.” To grant permissions and manage security, go to “Site settings” and chose “Share this site.” Here you can invite owners, collaborators, or viewers. While collaborators can add edit and add content to the site, owners have advanced permissions. If you would like to limit viewing to only a select group, make sure you have unchecked the “Advanced permissions” box. Now only people you invite by email will have access to the site.

Under “Site settings,” you can also “Change appearance” of the site. Add a custom logo, change the theme or the colors and fonts of the site, add background photos. The combinations are as endless as your imagination. Don’t forget to save your changes before returning to the site.

Each time you add a new page, you will have to “Edit sidebar” if you would like it listed. This is found at the bottom of the sidebar or can be done under “Site settings” > “Change appearance.” Under “Navigation” chose “edit.” You will need to add the page to the sidebar. Once there, use the arrows to move the pages around until they are in the order you’d like.

There are so many uses for Google Sites. My students use it to share their writing and class projects with family and friends. Colette has used it to manage an Online Safety Voice Thread project her students did.

Next week, we’ll feature websites that other people have made using Google Sites. But if you’d like to get started making your own Google Site, here are some resources to help: