Alternate presentation tools that stand out among the rest

Regardless of a student’s grade level or classes, chances are that this year, he or she has done or will be doing an in–class presentation. These seemingly never–ending minutes of impromptu speaking can be ruthless for even the best of public speakers, but there’s a way to fix that. By offering a clean visual, but not relying on it, an audience’s attention will be focused on visuals as the speaker narrates the presentation. Here are five great programs, in order from worst to best that will help students get ahead of the curve when it comes to presenting.

5. It is important that all presentation apps be technological and capable of doing more than one action at once. That’s where Presentation Note comes in. With a price tag of $4.99, Presentation Note allows a user to access his or her presentation via iPad, where everything is stored. The app has an interactable whiteboard, laser pointer and, best of all, a speaker is able to look at his or her notes and screen at the same time. Let’s say you have general statements in your presentation; this app allows you to read more specific details that may skip past one’s mind at any moment.

4. A great way to replace iMovie and Google Presentation is Kizola, a completely interactable presentation tool that can be used online. Membership is free, and it does not take long to sign up. The program is, unfortunately, not available on the iPad; rather it is accessible through any computer, allowing for a, possibly, more comfortable experience. It is the most intractable presentation tool.

3. Blogging has seen a dramatic increase with the invention of Tumblr and other social media apps that cater to opinionated teenagers. Certainly, teachers have taken note of social media–esque websites that connect them to their students. Therefore, Glogster is the ideal choice for teachers and students to make their Wikispaces more interesting. This app allows the user to have his or her own page of educational material in a creative way; it provides the ability to create digital posters of information that can be shared, not only with teachers and peers, but the whole world. Glogster is definitely the most creative way to access information ranging from history to math and can, without a doubt, help students present information in a colorful, fanatic and free way.

2. The best of all the tools for your average group presentation is Prezi. I have, personally, used Prezi multiple times with success. The app is accessible on the iPad or on any computer and is by far the easiest to use on this list. Prezi allows any user to make unique presentations with different backgrounds and transitions. Fortunately, Prezi makes it so that the speaker can only fit in general information in a concise space, meaning that Prezi is the ideal choice for any high school student who wants to prevent being boring or too wordy. The best part is that it’s free, and you can have more than one person working on the presentation at once.

1. A universal app that can be compared to a Swiss Army knife,  Goodreader, an app created by Yuri Selukoff, has been the leading app when it comes to connecting iOS systems. The app is made for users to connect their iPhones and iPads together under one system in order to transfer pictures into the app for presentations. Furthermore, the app allows the user to annotate slides and personalize them via any picture he or she finds on the internet. The app puts everything together in order to make presentations simple and accessible at any time. The price is $4.99, but the app lasts a lifetime, as it is under iCloud in the Apple universe.