Many faculty utilize PowerPoint for classroom presentations. However, over the past few years, several alternatives to PowerPoint have emerged that provide news ways to both create and display presentations that enable instructors to go beyond a traditional slide show. Choosing the best presentation platform requires identifying a program that best meets your teaching style and technology needs. What follows is a brief overview of some of the most popular presentation methods available for use via software and on the web.
Like PowerPoint, these option require the purchase and installation of software. As a result, instructors interested in using a software-based presentations must purchase and install these programs on their own computer in order to create presentations. Those presentation may then be run from a laptop, mobile device, or in-class computer.
Online Presentation Tools
There are a wide variety of presentation tools that are available on the web for free. Online presentation platforms come with inherent benefits and drawbacks. The major benefits are access and portability. If you use one of these online presentation tools, you do not need to download software. As a result, you are not required to work on your presentation on one computer or device. By using an online presentation platform, you can access your presentation wherever there is an Internet connection. Of course, this is also the biggest drawback - if you can not get online, you can not access your presentation.
Tablet and Smart Phone Considerations
There are several apps for portable devices that can be used to present and create slide shows on the go. SlideShark and Showpad are great ways to view an existing PowerPoint presentation on a tablet. Google Presentations also has an app version available for Apple and Android devices. The Keynote app allows for full presentation and creation. It is integrated with iCloud, meaning you can save your presentation to the cloud and access it from other devices. The main limitation of Keynote is that is only compatible with Apple devices.
If you have any questions about using the various presentation programs in your class, please contact us. We have staff available for technology consultations on each campus. We also off a Beyond PowerPoint workshop. For more information, visit the Workshops page.
What We Do
Digital Classroom Services designs and installs classroom presentation technology, supports its daily use, and works with faculty to maximize the teaching experience.
Need In-Class Support?
The Help Desk is available to assist with any classroom technology needs by calling 848-445-3612. DCS staff is located on each campus, ready to help.