Beyond the Slideshow: Ways for Students to Show What they Know

(or for teachers to present info)


Wordle is a tool for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery. Examples


Simply put, a VoiceThread is an online tool combining images and voice. Small amounts of text and doodling are also possible. This movie explains it best: examples
See also: and

* Animoto:

Animoto uses words, images, and music to create music video style slideshows.

* Flowgram:

This site allows users to easily combine many web resources (movies, PowerPoint slides, web pages, etc) into one presentation. Note: Seems to work better with Safari rather than Firefox.
How-to tutorial

The Good News: Students can work at home on these applications because they are web-based. No special software needed. They are saved on the Internet. Students can email you a link, login and present, or print (where appropriate).

The Bad News: Those with an * require an email address to register and create content. Some applications will allow for 'fake emails' or for students to be connected to a teacher's gmail account. Judi or Laurie can assist you in setting this up.


  • Looking for sites for students to use when searching for images? Check out our Images page for suggested links.


  • Even more tools to try...if you're looking for something new to do! This site allows searches of a particular type of tool: presentation, podcast, timeline, for example.