Monday, March 3, 2014

Alternatives to PowerPoint

We've all heard the expression "death by PowerPoint". Teachers today need to find more engaging ways to present information. I recently tried a program call GoAnimate. It had a free trial. It allowed me to create a brief animation by simply selecting background scenes and characters. I had a lot of fun playing with my goanimation. I controlled what the characters said by either typing it in and selecting one of their recorded text to type voices or by speaking and recording my own voice. Granted that I am a teacher, not a programmer, it was easy to use. Best part, no coding required!

I also tried creating a Prezi. A prezi allows you to create slides, but in a non-linear form. It allows you to show a map our trajectory for your slides that PowerPoint just doesn't. You can a variety of information to your slides including YouTube videos. I can see the potential for it in the classroom, not only for myself, but also for the students to use. They can explain a timeline in history more vividly and jump between text, images, and videos effortlessly.