Here are some alternatives we are using in our workshops.
Magisto- Similar to Animoto - iPad and Chrome app and website. Free porton will allow for up to 15 minutes of digital production
MoveNote- Flipped teaching and video creation tool- iPad and Chrome app and website.
Storybird- Digital storytelling- iPad and Chrome app and website.
Padlet- Digital post-it board multimedia tool- Chrome app and website.
Capzules- Interactive multimedia timeline tool.
PicLits- Visual literacy creation tool and great for 6 word memoirs
MakeBeliefComics- Comic maker.
Bubbler- Comic creator.
Big Huge Labs- Create lots of visual digital products. (Free education signup too).
WeVideo- Chrome app and website - Video editor and maker (Free and paid for version).
Wideo- Chrom app and website- Make and share awesome videos (Free and paid for version).
Croak.it - Chrome and iPad app and website - Audio recorder.
Three Ring- Chrome and iPad app and website - Digital portfolio creators or showcase student work.
QR Snipp- Make beautiful and customized QR Codes.
Thinglink- Chrome and iPad app and website - Make your images interactive.
Canva- Chrome and iPad app and website - make beautiful graphics, icons, headers and digital badges.
Haiku Deck- Inspiring presentation maker.
MicroSoft's Office Mix has extraordinary power to enrich teaching and learning in every classroom. This brand-new FREE PowerPoint add-on will quickly become a teacher favorite. Office mix is a new way to tell stories with voice, video, inking, screen recording, and interactive tools. You can even add quizzes and checks for understanding. Visit http://mix.office.com for information, examples and downloads. Would be great to start a Mix Sharing discussion here in Engage.
I like all the tools listed. Sorry but the librarian in me is making me post this: Keep in mind that students can create a presentation with no problem with all of these tools but many do not have the skill set to actually present and speak in front of others. I am just going to do a shout out for teaching students to not rely on a presentation to speak for them but for students to speak for themselves with the assistance of a presentation (created with online tools). I worked on this with many study skills 6th graders and I always had them present in a PechaKucha 20x20 format to learn how to stand, how to judge time, how to make eye contact etc before we did fun, funky presentations with different tools. It is a work skill that I think sometimes is overlooked because of technology. Whew,,,now that I got that out....love the tools list
Susan - So glad you bought up the subject of students presenting their slide decks (When did the term slide deck replace presentation). The point of PowerPoint is presentation, regretfully that's not something we often see...students presenting. I always enjoy seeing students present to: other students, parents, school leaders, community groups...that's authentic! I've long been a fan of PechaKucha. We have a local PechaKucha group here on Long Island at the Parrish Art Museum. You can just imagine the list of illuminating speakers who they gather in the Hamptons. PechaKucha Night Hamptons | Parrish Art Museum. I go to every event and always leave feeling enriched and inspired. Agree...PechaKucha is great presentation format to use with students. It would be interesting to have an audio discussion here and ask everyone for their pronunciation of the words Pecha Kucha. It took me years to pronounce it correctly.
Susan, I include presentation skills in associated rubrics. Part of the rubric includes "did not read any information off the slide." This comes as a HUGE surprise to some students. I often hear the comment "wait, Mr. Westbroek... my other teachers ALWAYS just read what is on their PowerPoint." This leads to a great discussion as I then ask how often I read the slides aloud. Somehow students are surprised they have not heard me reading from the slides. Perhaps this is a Pavlovian conditioning reflex.
I love for my students to use Powtoon. Wouldn't it be fun if our students would add their own photos to their presentations? I think about what Naomi Harm shared at the recent webinar about Wearable Techology and the use of clip cameras that takes pics every few seconds. What a strong presentation could be shared by using those resources! I wonder what new apps are already out there that we don't know about yet. I can't wait to find out.