Microsoft Office - SWAY is a free platform that allows for uploads of photos, templates, PowerPoint slides and then creates a presentation that can automatically adjust to any platform. As an example, a presentation can be viewed on a laptop and then adjusted for viewing on a mobile device (tablet or phone). There are great tutorials to learn the resource, but it does take some getting used to, it is not recommended for the early elementary student. Sways can be saved online in the free Office account or exported.
Thinglink is a platform that users can create interactive multimedia digital graphics that can be embedded on webpages or blogs. Educators can have either a free or discounted premium account (currently $35/year) Students can also have a free account to create interactive graphics. Users upload any photo or graphic and place icons or points anyway on the picture and then either link to other websites, add text or video content to those icons. Once saved and published the Thinglink graphic can then be posted or embedded anywhere or emailed to be used interactively by others to share the creations.
Flowchart.com allows for easy flow charting, No plugins are required, Real-time multi-user online collaboration with a chat feature. Works with popular browsers, on any operating system. Users can create multi page flowcharts and embed the flowchart in websites. There are drawing tools (Lines, Arrows, Bézier curves), extensive clipart object library or upload images. Creating a user account is required to create and collaborate on flowcharts.
Canva is an online platform for graphic productions. Within the free plan educators have, two folders to organize designs, up to 10 team members for free, 1GB storage for photos and assets, access to over 8,000 templates and can upload your own images. It is great if you have a team of students working on a visual project. The platform is drag and drop and simple for all grade levels. Great amount if Inforgraphics, flyers, book covers, posters, magazine covers, cards and banners to choose from.
Haiku Deck is an online presentation slide creator that works on all platforms, There is also a ChromeBook and iPad app. Everyone can have a free account, however all slide decks created on the free account are public and can be seen and are searchable, so caution to what information the students are posting. Educators can create paid accounts that are private and have more options, currently the cost is $5/mo.
Scribble Maps allows the creation of custom maps with graphic markers for free. Convert data or spreadsheet locations into visual maps, add markers or icons, calculate distance. An account is not required to create a map, save to a file or print. To store the map online within Scribble or share between the online platform and iOS mobile device app the user will need an account.
Adobe Spark is a resource for creating videos, pages and audio. **NOW HAS AN EDUCATIONAL PLATFORM** It is unique because users can start in the online platform, then continue on an iPad, then switch to using a Chromebook, etc. Adobe also hosts or stores all the files for easy access from any location, so students can work from home. (Users may use a portable storage device). To further explain the educational uses, Adobe has created a guide for educators that can be found here: Educators Guide. It also includes many lesson ideas.
Prezi is unlike static slides, Prezi combines motion, zoom, and spatial relationships to engage audiences and help them remember the users message. Prezi offers a free educational account with basic features with verification of school email accounts. Choose pricing when you first access the website and then Educational pricing on the right side of the screen to see all of the options available. This is where users will find the "free" account. This account will also allow educators to control privacy of the student's Prezi's online.
Lucidpress makes it easy for all students — from those in elementary school to those in advanced digital communication courses — to create stunning content that brings their big ideas to life. Teachers can also create visual learning aids, posters, and other teaching collateral with just a few clicks of the mouse. Built in templates are available and the platform include connection to images that are copyright free. There is an educational account just for teachers and their students. Scroll to the bottom of the linked page to get started. If you do not automatically get enrolled in the educational platform, please don't hesitate to follow the instructions to request it. (Email accounts with .edu or k12.us.il should automatically populate. If you us another type of address, request access. There is a Google App that will integrate with Google Classroom and a SSO system.
LucidCharts is a connected website to LucidPress that has an abundance of charting, drafting and flowchart style documents. When educators create a LucidPress account they will also get a LucidCharts educator account...or vis - versa. This platform can also just be used as an online tool to create and download (many formats)/print a chart.
Easelly is a platform to create inforgraphics from templates provided or design users own with guidance. Website offers both free and paid options with an educational pricing discount. The free option has 60 images and 10 font styles. The paid account is currently up to 50% OFF based on users, currently $3/mo with 1000s of images an 50+ fonts, many professional templates added weekly, plus many more options.
Popplet is a mind-map resource students can organize ideas and display their connections or relationships. This mind-map allows for text, pictures, or drawings. Users do not need to create an account to create a "popplet" and print it out. However in order to save and share they must have an account. (iPad app is available as well and will connect to a created account.)
Blabberize is a platform that can be used to present information in a whimsical way. Whether it is telling a story that a student wrote in English class or retelling a tale of war from 1812 from a llama? or maybe a group of sheep? Students can take any photo, "cut" around the mouth, record their voice reading or saying anything and then Blabberize will do the rest. The platform will sync the cutout to match with the words being spoken and "talk" when played back. All videos can be saved and shared either embedded or to a hard drive/portable memory device.
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