Alternatives to PowerPoint

Online Presentations

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If you are looking for something visual, yet easy and inexpensive to spice up your lessons a bit more, check out some of these links put together by Dr Al Mizell with Dr Marsha Burmeister, and presented at NECC in San Antonio:

Windows Movie Maker

Free Downloads:
PC World Download SiteMicrosoft’s site: Windows Movie Maker 2.1c|net
Creativity Fun Pack for Windows Movie Maker
About Windows Movie Maker 6 in the new Windows Vista for 2007
Windows Movie Maker “How To Do It Center
Getting Started with Windows Movie Maker
Step-By-Step Manual (Word Document — save and then open)
WindowsMovieMakers.Net tips, tutorials, forums & more
Atomic Learning free tutorial series
Mighty Coach Movie Maker 2 Tips & Tricks
Wikipedia‘s article about Windows Movie Maker
File Formats supported by Windows Movie Maker in Windows XP
Using Windows Movie Maker to make your “YouTube” Video — a tutorial video (high speed connection required)
In the Classroom:
Movie Making for Kids
Kids with Cameras
Digital Kids Club
Digital Video Tips & Techniques for the Classroom (A.Bell)

Windows Photo Story 3

Free download from Microsoft
Information about Photo Story 3
Putting Photo Story 3 Stories on DVD
Beginner’s Guide to Photo Story 3

3-D Album

Software for sale site with product list
Article & instructions for using this program
3D Picture Pro 3.25 free trial to download
My Pictures 3D Album — FREE download


About this software: Create highly polished home movies with photos
Free trial download of full version for 15 days
About the technology – Wikipedia entry

Visual Communicator

Visual Communicator by Serious Magic (An Adobe Company)
Trial version download
Article about using Visual Communicator
Tutorials on all aspects of using this product
Great tutorial developed by University of Central Florida (PDF)

Other Resources

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Find Sounds: Search the Web for sounds

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Mashable have also put together a list of 13 alternatives to PPT, including Zoho Show 2.0,…

Zoho Show 2.0

and of course there is Prezi

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Whales vs Humans

This rather confronting video was directed by Heath Ledger before his death, and shows what it would be like for us if we were the whales and whales were the hunters.  You could use this as an introduction to a Geography unit (for older students) on whaling or endangered animals, and contrast it to what humans do to pilot whales:

Slaughter of Calderon Dolphins in Denmark

While these images are confronting as well, the people in Denmark use the pilot whales as a source of food and have for centuries. Would images of a meatworks look any better if we could see what happens there?

Modest Mouse – King Rat