Choosing the Application


There are many presentation applications available to choose from. There are applications that you can download on your personal computer or mobile device and there are online applications in the Cloud where you can create and store your presentation.

This module is only going to touch on some of the more popular ones available to educators. One of the goals of this module is for you to create a presentation to use with your classroom. You are able to use a tried and true application that you have used in the past, but it is our hope that you will try out something new. 

The most important thing though is to remember the purpose of your presentation! The purpose should drive which application you choose to use with your audience. 

Below are several applications for you to learn about. There are tutorials and other tips and hints for each one. 


1. Look at each application below. Decide which one is appropriate to use with your audience. If none of these interest you, check out more resources in the box to the right under Additional Articles and Resources. You will see that some of these resources are also digital storytelling resources. Remember your audience and the story you are going to tell during your message to your audience. It may be more appropriate to use a so-called digital storytelling app to get your message across. 

In this section you are only learning about each application and then choosing one. Go through the tutorials for the one you think you will want to use and learn how to use it. In the next section of this module you will learn about design and presentation skills. 

 Resource Name

 Age Level


TES Teach with Blendspace


TES Teach with 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. 

Google Slides

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 out this video tutorial.

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. 





Sway is a free multimedia creation resource from Microsoft. It requires a free Microsoft Account to sign in. It is fairly easy-to-use to create content and stories to share or embed. Pre-designed layouts, designs and a storyline help you quickly create your content. You can add videos, images, hyperlinks and text. Here are a few examples:

View a report by a 7th grader about a Red Panda and Youtube tutorial

How to build a Presentation in Sway (Youtube) 



Move on to Create a Dynamic Presentation


Addressing the ISTE Standards For Educators

1a. Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
1c. Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.

2b. Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
2c. Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, 
evaluation, curation and adoption of 
new digital resources and tools for learning.

4b. Collaborate and co-learn with students to discover and use new digital resources anddiagnose and troubleshoot technology issues.
4c. Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.

5a. Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
5b. Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
5c. Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.

7a. Provide alternative ways for students to demonstrate competency and reflect on their learning using technology.


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

Additional Articles and Resources


21Things Apps and Online Sites
21 Things Additional Resources for Powerful Presentations