3 Free (But Powerful) Presentation Tools For Teachers

Teachers are presenters. Let’s be frank. They get up in front of a room of people and present. They then encourage the students to work together and continue the presentation through other methods. in other words, teachers need to know how to present and create slideshows. If you’ve been hunting around for a few free presentation tools for teachers, then you’re in luck.

Here are three of our recommended tools for teachers, admins, students, and just about anyone looking to show up to class with a kick-butt set of informative slides.

1. Animoto

Animoto has shown up on a number of  ’awesome tools’ lists that we’ve done in the past, and it is because it’s one of the best free tools out there for slideshow creation. It lets you combine your static photos, videos, sound clips, words, and music to make a dynamic slideshow. You can pull photos and video clips from Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Instagram and other social media/web locations or upload them directly from your computer. You can then add words, and music (either uploaded by you or chosen from their list of 600+ tracks).

When your slideshow is done, you can share your video on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, email, or even download it to a DVD. The ‘Lite’ version is free but comes with restrictions. There are two higher levels of paid plans, each with it’s own set of attributes. Depending on how often you plan on using the tool, we think it is well worth a paid plan, since they’re quite reasonably priced.

animoto presentation tools for teachers

2. Knovio

Knovio is an easy-to-use web-based tool that allows you to make an exisiting powerpoint presentation much more dynamic. You simply upload your presentation, and then you can narrate each slide with audio or video, and then share your video presentation either via email or across your social networks.

It is a particularly great tool for someone who is already proficient in powerpoint, but just wants to add some punch to their slideshow. Their program is completely free, and since it is web-based, you can access your creations wherever you have internet access.

knvio presentation tools for teachers

3. Zentation

Zentation (as in Prezentation – and who doesn’t love a good play on words) is tool that brings together videos and slides for a more dynamic experience without having to be extremely tech-saavy to do it. You upload your video to YouTube or Slideshare, and then add the URL of your video to a “new presentation” in your Zentation account.

You can then match your slides to the exact point in the video that you want to show them so that your presentation is perfectly synchronized. They offer free and paid options, with the main catch of the free option being that your video must be publicly shared on YouTube or Slideshare, which for many isn’t a huge drawback.

zentation presentation tools for teachers

How To Use These In Your Classroom

  • Presentations to your class
  • Bring visuals and audio to a lecture
  • Make dynamic group or individual projects
  • Cross department barriers for multidisciplinary work (eg, music class can supply audio, etc)

2 Comments

  1. Monica Burns

    November 7, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Haiku Deck is another free presentation tool I love: http://wp.me/p2qsME-3P

  2. JM @ ClassLink

    November 23, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Enhanced learning by building interest for students is among the many benefits of incorporating tech tools in teaching. Not only will these tools inspire the minds, but through presentation you, as an educator, encourage creativity for your students as well.