powerful presentations

Powerful Presentations

Adding the Wow Factor!

Research on effective teaching and learning strategies (Classroom Instruction That Works, 2nd ed., Dean, Stone, Hubbell and Pitler) has shown that the use of nonlinguistic representations, graphic organizers, note taking, and setting goals/objectives are effective strategies to use for learners. The use of multimedia or web presentations can address many or all of these strategies.

Presentation Resources

Below are several popular presentation resources for you to try. Depending on the age group you are working with and the topic will determine which one you would like to pursue for it's appropriateness. No matter what resource you choose to use when presenting, check out this video so that you create an exemplary presentation. 

 Resource Name

 Age Level





Blendspace is a online lesson/presentation resource that is perfect for flipping the classroom, project based learning and differentiated instruction. An educator can easily have an interactive presentation built in just minutes with links to websites and bookmarks, embedded videos, handouts, images and text. All you have to do is drag and drop the resources necessary to create your presentation. Watch this video tutorial for assistance in creating your first Blendspace. Watch this tutorial on how to create quizzes within Blendspace. 

Google Presentations

Google Presentations


Google has their own presentation tool similar to Microsoft PowerPoint called Google Slides. It is not as robust, but what makes it powerful is the ability to share editing rights with others. There are also hundreds of templates available. For a quick tutorial on how to create a presentation check this video tutorial out.

PowerPoint Online



PowerPoint Online: Microsoft now offers a free browser-based version of PowerPoint. The advantage is that it is similar to their software program, and retains formatting when saved to the desktop. A Free Microsoft or school account is required (included in Office 365 for Education). Email verification is done for new accounts.





Prezi is an innovative tool which goes beyond standard PowerPoint presentations, and creation of non-linear presentations. Prezi presentations can include pictures, videos, hyperlinks, and more. Another option to learn about Prezi is to visit this Prezi tutorial that includes how-to YouTube videos.




ZoomIt for the PC


ZoomIt is a presentation tool that lets you zoom in on an area of your screen, and it will also let you draw, circle or annotate on your screen. This is extremely handy during presentations, zooming in on something to show your students from your computer when you use a projection system or on a smartboard, or when creating video screencast tutorials. This works only with the Windows environment. It is a free and quick download from the Internet. It allows the user to use the Control key with the numbers 1, 2, or 3 to zoom into the screen, turns the mouse into a marker, and can even put a timer on the screen.

Macintosh Zoom: If you have a Macintosh computer, you can use the green Zoom button in Mac OSX programs, or Right ZoomZoom using OSX  keyboard shortcuts (eg. option-command 8)

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Learning Objectives

After completing this Thing, the educator will:

  • Know how to create an effective technology-based presentation

  • Understand the differences between various media and presentation tools and select the appropriate tool for a project

  • Make connections with technology standards and best practice

  • Transfer the learning to professional practice by creating a multi-media presentation



 21 Things  Assignment:

1.  Create an online presentation for a content area you will be teaching.
Focus on the main idea that you want your audience/students to learn.  
   a. Identify the curriculum standard you will be meeting and include that in a text box.
   b. Insert several images and (if possible) video.
   c. Embed or hyperlink your presentation in your Digital Portfolio.

OR create an assignment for your students (meeting these guidelines) to create a presentation and share a sample of their work.

2. Write a reflection that explains how you plan to use your presentation in a  classroom lesson (or setting), and how it addresses a SAMR level and a best practice OR how the presentation meets an ISTE standard for students.

3. Take the very short survey giving feedback for this Thing.


Addressing the ISTE Standards•T:

  1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity a,b,d;
  2. Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments a,b,c;
  3. Model Digital Age Work and Learning a,b,c;
  4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility b;
  5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership c


  1. Setting Objectives/Providing Feedback;
  2. Nonlinguistic Representations;
  3. Summarizing & Notetaking, Assign Homework & Provide Practice;
  4. Cooperative Learning