Presentation Slides (PDF)
Alternative Presentation Tools
- Haiku Deck – Very easy to use. Web-based and app. Makes beautifully simple and effective presentation slides. Select images from the HaikuDeck collection or add your own. Example: Telling Stories
- Bunkr – A fairly new presentation tool. Easily include content from other sources like your instagram, twitter, flickr, youtube, etc accounts. Tons of options for grabbing content from around the web. Or just use it for simple slides with your own image backgrounds and text. Example: The Power of Bunkr – demo by the bunkr team shows many options.
- Emaze – Great templates, layouts and attractive charts. But can’t download for offline viewing or in PDF without upgrade to Premium acct.
- Google Slides – Good tool for collaborating on a presentation.
- Prezi – An interesting way of creating a presentation in a somewhat non-linear way. Place text, photos, and other media on a big blank screen. Arrange in the order you want to present it and add paths to connect all the pieces. Lets you zoom in and out to put focus on different pieces of the presentation. Could be used as a mindmapping tool.
- Slidebean – Has a lot of potential, though I find the interface hard to work with.
- Canva – Create graphics for slides, social media, save layouts for future use. Use your own photos or photos downloaded from free sites. There are great photos and other resources available within Canva, some free, some fee.
- Creating great presentations without using PowerPoint – Short video w demos of several tools. By Phil Bradley in support of his book Social Media for Creative Libraries
- MORE ALTERNATIVE PRESENTATION TOOLS
Pre-recorded Presentations with Audio
- Screencastomatic & Screenr – Free, web-based tools that are handy for short presentation. Set slides up, launch the recording tool and go.
- Knovio – Upload your slides, then narrate slide by slide. Free!
- Present.me – No longer free, but an alternative. Like Knovio, upload slides and narrate.
- Animoto – Web tool to creat photo & music video stories. Upload your photos,select a piece of music and Animoto applies transitions and effects synched to the beat of the music. 30 second videos are free. Embeddable on a web page. Handy for a short promo for an event.
Explainer Tools: Cartoonish style videos with voice over. Similar to CommonCraft videos.
- Wideo, Moovly, and PowToon – Animated Videos Made Easy – Explains what “explainer videos” are and compare these three tools
- Powtoon – Create slide shows and animated prsentations. Fun tool. Free with an inexpensive premium plan for educators. Example: MakerSpaces
- Moovly – Another fun tool for creating animated video presentations. Example: Sarah Jones did a nice post on this last year with an example
- Wideo – Another “explainer video” tool like Powtoon and Moovly. Create short videos, up to 45 seconds, for free.
Photo Journal Stories: Create beautifully laid out stories with photos and text. These are designed to stand on their own. Embed them in your web page, share with community.
- Steller Create with an iPhone app. Example: Love My Library (embeddable)
- Storehouse– Create with iPad or iPhone app. Full screen stories to share via the web and embeddable. Example – Spring
- Exposure – Web based editing and viewing. not embeddable, but shareable. 3 stories for free. Example – Finland
Photos, Colors, Editing and More
- Pixabay – Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. Many search options, over 320,000 free photos, vectors and art illustrations. “Finding free images of high quality is a tedious task – due to copyright issues, attribution requirements, or simply the lack of quality. This inspired us to create Pixabay – a repository for stunning public domain pictures. Your source for free vectors, free drawings and free photos. You can use any Pixabay image without attribution in digital and printed form, even for commercial applications.”
- Unsplash | Free High-Resolution Photos – Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. Has a keyword search and browse by broad categories. Many photos also appear in Pexels. Each featured photographer has a profile page with all their photos and a link back to their websites.
- Pexels · Free high quality stock photos – Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. Monitors other sources and aggregates them. Provides search.
- Flickr advanced search – use creative commons search in Advanced search
- Compfight flickr search – Searches flickr. Check each photo for licensing details. Provides text to copy and paste for attribution.
- Flickr Faves – Lots of people save photos for presentations by clicking on the favorites button. Find your favorite presenters and see what they’ve faved. (feels a bit stalker-ish?)
- Slides for Presentation Pinterest Board – Collaborative board of good images for slides, started by Nicole Engard.
Lists with more photo sites
- The Ultimate Roundup of Free Stock Photo Websites
- 53+ Free Image Sources For Your Blog and Social Media Posts – tons of sources for free CC images
- Five Great Sources of Public Domain Images
Screenshots & Online Editors
- Screenshot tips and tricks – PC, Mac, browser addons and other tips from the Cool Tools for School project.
Quote Tools & More
- Pablo from BufferApp – Add your quote, pick from images or upload your own. Choice of fonts, size and additional text blocks.
- Spruce – Add quote, pick from selection of images or upload your own. Choose from a few fonts.
- ShareAsImage – Has browser addon & bookmarklets. Highlight text on a web page and quickly turn it into a image.
- Lists with more tools:
- 23 Tools and Resources to Create Images for Social Media more tools for creating social media images and infographics
- 36 Visual Content Creation Tools the Pros Can’t Live Without
Charts, Data, etc
- Infogram – Lots of options for creating charts and data graphics. Screenshot to copy and paste to your presentation.
- Canva – Tons of graphics.
- emaze – Lots of attractive chart styles. Colors are controlled by theme that’s selected.
- Easelly http://www.easel.ly/ – not my favorite for charts and graphs, but has lots of objects
- Piktochart – Lots of graphics. Charts, maps and more.
- HaikuDeck – now has bar chart and pie chart.
- Open Heat Map – Map data to a geographic map.
- Charts Builder – Pie, bar, line, etc.
- Wordle – enter text, many options for styling.
- Tagxedo – creative word clouds. Screenshot to save image.
- Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds (book)
- Beyond Bullet Points by Cliff Atkinson (book)
- An Introvert’s Guide to Better Presentations “You’re a pretty monkey, and you know where all the bananas are.”
- Books to help your Presentations ROCK – Recent blog post by David Lee King with great resources.
- Steal This Presentation – slides on presentation design by Jesse Desjardins – check out his other slide decks too.
- Garr Reynolds – Presentation Tips
- Nancy Duarte – Lots of terrific tips, ideas and training.