The online nonlinear presentation creator, Prezi, now has an education account called EDU Enjoy. If you have an email address from a academic institution (.edu), you can now enjoy more storage space (500MB), make your content private, and create prezis online. If you would like to learn more about Prezi or would like to upgrade your public account to a EDU Enjoy account, click on the link below:
Cooliris is a company that first received attention by making a Firefox plug-in that allowed for you to view images on a 3D wall that you could easily scroll through instead of clicking through pages of photos. This layout made it natural and easier to view a bulk of photos. I first used this plug-in to view my image search results on Google. Now Cooliris has unveiled Cooliris Express, a web based version of this plug-in that allows for you to add your photos and videos to a 3D wall and you can embed it into your blog, Twitter post, Facebook post, or website. This would be great for a presentation of a portfolio or for a presentation in class (thinking Art History as an example). You can also pull photos from other places (I’m thinking CC licensed photos on Flickr for a class presentation).
To learn more about Cooliris Express and to build your own 3D wall, click on the link below:
I recently came a across a new tool called Prezi. It’s a web based application that allows you to create slideshows and display information on a screen. So what’s so new about it? It’s the way the information is presented. You have one giant screen with all your information on it, instead of a group a slides that you navigate by clicking the forward and back buttons. Here, you can go up, down, left, right, sideways, zoom in, zoom out. You can draw graphics like circles arrows to call out to information, add text, and media (like images, video, and PDFs). It’s a nice alternative to the typical presentation, but the zooming and bouncing around effects can becoming dizzying and over used. You can sign up for a free account here (there are also paid accounts with more space and the option to keep presentation files private, with a free account, your presentations are public. I also did not see an embed feature which would be nice in the future) :
SlideShare is a great free web based service that allows for you to upload your slideshows (or pdfs) to make a presentation slideshow that your viewers can play. You can make your slideshows open to the public or you can keep them private and invite certain people to view it. You also have a comments feature so you can get feedback from your peers. SlideShare also allows for you to sync up audio with your slides. If somebody likes your presentation or you would like to feature it in your website or blog, you are able to embed that slideshow into a webpage (Blackboard course) or blog or share it in other web 2.0 social services like Facebook.
All you need to do is sign up for a free account to get started. To learn more about SlideShare, click on the link below: