This page will give you alternatives to standard classroom presentations and projects.Also see the Project Based Learning page.
For other ideas, be sure to check out the Web 2.0 page. For Online resources similar to PowerPoint--but better, go to the Slide Show Page

A good place to start:

Remix-T helps teachers develop engaging, "media rich" activities that incorporate images, video, and sound. The companion site, Remix.ND.edu, helps Students use and apply digital media. Grades 4-12 and Up. (AASL 2014 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning)

Animations:

  • Animata is an open source real-time animation software, designed to create animations, interactive background projections for concerts, theater and dance performances.
  • Blabberize allows you to use your own voice in a photo story display.
  • Dvolver is a tool to create online animations. You choose the characters, write the dialogues, add some music and publish or send it to someone. Very easy to use. No registration required.
  • DigitalFilms is a website that lets you create your own film for free. You choose your background, scene, characters, animated actions, dialogue, introduction, and ending credits.
  • With DoppelMe you can create a cool graphical likeness of yourself, your friends, family or any group of people for use as an avatar in forums, instant messenger, blogs and almost anywhere else on the web. It's free and there are no Flash, ActiveX controls, downloads or toolbars needed - just your browser and a few mouse clicks. That's it!
  • FluxTime Studio is free - you can create, edit and play your own animation clips, and send them as e-cards to friends and family.
  • Use Moovly to create a presentation, an attractive tutorial or a how-to video in an easy and straightforward way. Add voice, sound and music and synchronize everything using the simple timeline interface. Publish your video on YouTube, Facebook, put it on your website or download it for offline use.
  • external image AASL_Best%20T%26L%2014.png-----> PowToon - This site allows for the creation of web-based presentations that include animated videos and amazing content.
  • SCRATCH can be used by kids aged 8 and up. It is brought to you by the National Science Foundation and it is FREE. It includes kid-oriented programming language and has friendly tools for kids. You will need to create an account, but it is free.
  • Voki- Voki is a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages. It can also be used in several languages. For more information on Voki, see this short video.
  • ZimmerTwins is a fun site for students. It’s the best way to create your digital cartoon and tell a story with it. I’m sure you and your students can create wonderful cartoons. This is geared toward grades 4-6 but could be applied at any age.

BOOK CREATORS:
  • Storybird- Short, simple - VERY easy to use! They have a beautiful and fun collection of artwork to choose from, you just supply the text! It is also collaborative - you invite friends to help write or continue the story.

Book Reviews- can be created by students at Library Thing.

Book Trailer Creations--for those of you who are tired of Book Reports.
  • some of the best about book trailers from around the web
  • Book Nook (from Infohio) is a site devoted to student-created book trailers. The site is open to all Ohio K-12 students.

COMIC BOOK OR COMIC STRIP
  1. Comic Creator- From Read Write Think, an easy/simple to use comic creator for children and teens.
  2. Comic Master - Create your own short graphic novel. No log in required to use and print. Can log in to save.
  3. Make Beliefs Comix - A wonderful site with lots of options to choose from -- it even lets users create comics in Spanish. POPULAR SITE! Here is a tutorial that shows you everything you need to know to get started.
  4. Pixton is a great tool that students can use to create comics. From fully posable characters to dynamic panels, props, and speech bubbles, every aspect of a comic can be controlled in an intuitive click-n-drag motion. Pixton provides free lesson plans (for all subjects) to help you get your students engaged in writing through comic creation. Printing is not available on the free plan, but students can get a web link or an embed code to share. Here is a sample
  5. Seedling Comic Studio (iOS app) - a low-learning curve, free tool for comic/graphic story creation. Make one-frame or an entire multi-page book combining photographs from your camera or camera roll, cut-outs, speech bubbles, free-form text, filters, backgrounds and stickers.
  6. Toondoo- a really useful website that allows you to create your own books, comics and cartoon strips very easily. There are loads of different features and ways of creating your comic or book as you can even upload your own images to the site.
  7. Witty Comics - A comic creation site that focuses more on creating text more then anything else.

Digital Storytelling - Digital storytelling, at its most basic core, is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. Many of the resources on this page can be used for digital storytelling, including those found below.

See Digital Storytelling Tools for more information.
(Also see Slideshows below and the Slide Show Presentation Page)
  • Adobe Spark - Turn your ideas into impactful social graphics, web stories and animated videos—in minutes. This free resource for creating and sharing visual stories has both Web and mobile options,
  • Shadow Puppet EDU - The simplest way to capture and share student work. Students as young as five can make videos to tell stories, explain concepts, or document learning. 30+ lesson ideas supporting Common Core make it easy to get started!
  • Storyboard That - a story boarding tool that offers templates for students to create stories. This site offers scenes, characters, text bubbles, and much more to fill the storyboard frames. Need to outline a story or plan out an idea in a fun way? Storyboard is a great way to do just that. Grades: K-12
  • Use your iPad for Digital Storytelling!
  • Google Tour Builder is a web-based storytelling tool which lets you easily create and explore stories and places around the world. Based on the Google Earth plugin, you can create a tour of any subject of your choosing, zooming in to show the places where events took place, and easily integrating the story’s text, photos and videos. Here is an example of one called "The War for Independence".

Flash Cards

(see Student Tools)

Games Creation-

(See Puzzles and Games Creation)

Graphs (see, Creating Charts and Graphs on the Just Science page)


Infographics are visual devices intended to communicate complex information quickly and clearly. By presenting information in a compact and creative format, infographics are able to quickly convey knowledge and engage viewers.


  • external image AASL_BestT%26L13.png---> Easel.ly (Recommended by Richard Byrne on Free Technology for Teachers) allows users to quickly create infographics and share visual ideas online. Easel.ly has an expansive library of elements and visual objects that can be added to personalize infographics of all kinds. Students and teachers can choose from pre-formatted infographics or start fresh and create their own. Easel.ly is intuitive and easy to use, relying on drag-and-drop features and streamlined menus. Grades 6-12.
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  • Infogram


MAKING MOVIES/VIDEOS:
(Also see Animations above)
  • || external image biteable.jpg || Biteable external image external.gifAASL 2016 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning - three-step animated video maker that lets the user choose from animation styles, upload pictures, select and change font, colors and text, in an incredibly easy process. Final videos can be emailed and shared at the click of a button. Appropriate for grades K-12. ||

  • Drag On Tape- is a very user friendly site that uses a drag-and-drop interface to edit and create "video mixtapes" using YouTube videos. (Top 25 Sites of 2010)
  • JellyCam- Make stop-motion films with a web-cam or a bunch of photos.Top 100 of 2011.
  • KidsVid provides teachers and students with the tools and instruction necessary to plan, script, create and edit and show their own videos. You will need to register but it is worth it! Each step you need to take is available with all the necessary tools.
  • Movie Maker Easy video editor everyone can use. Edit, add effects and more to make a movie.
  • StudentCam is C-SPAN's annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation. Students in grades 6-12 are asked to create a short (5-7 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the chosen theme. StudentCam competitions usually begin in November and end in January each year.

MAPS

(See Map Skills on the Just Social Studies page)

Maps are a great way for students to navigate their understanding of different topics. While it is useful for geography (of course), students can also use mapping to increase their understanding of a story in English, a lesson in History, and more.



NEWSPAPER CREATORS:

Crayon allows you to create your own newspaper.
Newspaper clippings helps students to create a newspaper clip.
Newspaper Template provides LOTS of templates that you can use to create your own newspaper.
Printing Press by ReadWriteThink is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.
It is very simple to use and requires no login.

PICTURE/POSTER/ONE PAGE PROJECTS
  • Big Huge Labs is a fabulous site for making creative projects with your own photos--create magazine covers, posters, collages, jigsaw puzzles, trading cards, badges, calendars, slide-shows, mosaics and more. It is FREE to share or save on your computer! You can also order hard copies for a fee.
  • Block Posters is a very cool site. You can upload pictures and then create a poster from them. What is special is that you can print it out in pieces so that you can put it all to create a HUGE poster.
  • Imgflip is a simple and fast website for creating and sharing images. Create posters, memes, pie charts...See the example below.

  • Use your own photos or supplied symbols to create fun posters or word mosaics and more at Imagechef--very fun site.
  • The web-based sticky note application, Lino, makes creating and sharing web-based projects easy and fun for all ages.
  • If you are looking for a similar site to Glogster, you should visit Magnoto. You can add your photos, videos, audios in a magnetic style to the web. You can also send your content as an email. It's like sticking different media on a refrigerator door.
  • PixTeller is a new and simple way to make beautiful posters and share them.
  • Quozio - turn meaningful words into beautiful images in seconds; then share.
  • external image AASL_Best%20T%26L%2014.png>>>>>Recite This external image external.gifwhere you can go to "Turn a Quote into a Masterpiece." Pick a quote from literature, a movie, a mentor, teacher, or create of your own, choose a template, and voila, you have created a gorgeous quote with Recite This. A wonderful resource for bulletin boards, classroom walls, door decorating contests, Power Point and other online based presentation tools. Grades K-12.
  • Tackk - very simple new publishing platform allows students to create a one page project. Include words, photos, links, videos, maps — anything, and then share it anywhere. They even offer a URL to make sharing simple. This service is completely free.
  • external image AASL_Best%20T%26L%2014.png>>>>>ThingLink Make your images completely interactive by adding links, videos, text, and more with your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Add your own picture and embed information or pull images from other sites and add facts to those.
  • Wordle is a fun way to make creative pages with specific words. Kids can create their own mini-posters with words for vocabulary or on a specific theme. For more information check out the Word Clouds Page.
Wordle: web2.0

Podcasts- (See the Podcasts page)--

Quizmakers--Have your students create their own online quizzes. See Quiz and Survey Generators page.


Slideshows - See Slide Show Presentation Tools


Surveys See the Quiz and Survey Generators page.


TimeLine Creators:

Build and share timelines. Use your own events and images or add content and images from World Book.
This INFOhio tutorial will take you through World Book Timelines, show you how to use this resource and give suggested ideas of how you can incorporate Timelines into your classroom.


Other timeline resources:
  • Capzles- One of the nicest timeline creation sites--it has a beautiful user interface as well as the ability to embed into a site.
  • external image AASL_BestT%26L13.png---> Using myHistro, you can combine maps and timelines seamlessly into one great presentation.
  • Our Timelines- create timelines by using pre-existing forms--text only.
  • Read Write Think- similar to Our Timelines-- text only.
  • Sutori - formerly Hstry - a multimedia timeline tool. Teachers can create interactive timelines or use pre-made timelines to present lessons using video, images, audio, quiz questions and text. Students can also create, interact and comment on peer timelines. Grades: 3-12
  • Tiki Toki- Create ANIMATED online timelines. Top 100 Site of 2011.
  • Timeglider- a great site that lets users create not only multimedia timelines but legends as well. There is a "Plus upgrade" in the works for for education!
Sample of a timeline from Timeglider...

  • Time Toast- A timeline that includes text and pictures. A sample of a timeline created using Timetoast follows:

  • Timeline Creator download this program and create great timelines.
  • Timeline Maker- A simple to use timeline generator that only displays text. Can be vertical or horizontal. Many worksheets for teachers here too.



Create your own Tutorials
  • Showme - This app allows you to create lessons and tutorials on an IPad, then share. You can also view tutorials that others have saved.
  • Jing- download a free copy to capture and share anything you see on your screen as a digital image complete with colorful text annotations, frames, arrows, and highlights. You can also make short videos of your screen by recording your voice. These videos cover many features of JING and will help you get started.
  • Tildee - Easily create and share step-by-step written instructions including pictures, videos, maps and web links.
  • Wink Screen Capture - Tutorial and Presentation creation software, primarily aimed at creating tutorials on how to use software (like a tutor for MS-Word/Excel etc). Using Wink you can capture screenshots, add explanation boxes, buttons, titles etc and generate a highly effective tutorial for your users.

Webpages:

  • Fakebook allows teachers and students to create imaginary profile pages for fictional and historical figures. Chart the plot of a book, the development of a character, a series of historical events, the debates and relationships between people, and so on!
  • Have students create their own websites. Go to WEBSITE CREATORS.


Webquests-- are inquiry-based activities in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from resources on the web. For more information, go to WebQuests-Pathfinders.