9 Best EdTech Tools for Presenting

July 24, 2014
Ellen Holderman
Common Sense Education


For this week's Top Picks List Friday, we're featuring best edtech tools for presenting. Get your students excited about learning by creating fun, engaging presentations. These jazzy multimedia gems will help take off some pressure and stress and add a layer of sophistication to your presentations.

To see the rating of each app, game, or website, visit the Top Picks List Best EdTech for Presenting.


VoiceThread provides students of all ages with an online platform to create and share media projects that incorporate video, images, voice, and even drawings. One of its most valuable assets is allowing for collaboration opportunities and audio or video feedback from readers and viewers. Read full review.

Mozilla Popcorn Maker
Popcorn is an excellent resource for helping kids visually present their learning. It also offers both teachers and students the opportunity to consider and discuss such new media topics as fair use, remix, and video editing. Read full review.

Kids can learn how to use spoken language to narrate photos via this relatively simple app. Whether ad-libbed or scripted, the app's spoken narrative acts as a verbal caption for user photos. Read full review.

Animoto Video Maker
The world of digital storytelling gets cracked open with Animoto Video Maker. This tool lets kids 13 and older combine pictures, video, music, and text to make video slideshows on a mobile device. Read full review.

Explain Everything
Explain Everything is a presentation app that lets teachers and teens integrate content from many sources to create lessons, tutorials, and more for classroom or personal use. This formidable tool is like a superhero version of PowerPoint. Read full review.

Prezi is an online presentation maker that features a unique 3-D zoom animation to move between slides. Teachers and students can turn ordinary slide presentations into more stylish and potentially more engaging experiences than those made with other presentation software. Read full review.

This site creates a video and publishes it to the user's Animoto account. The finished product is a slick and engaging presentation that will appeal to kids. Still, the tool won't let creators express their ideas in a complex way. Read full review.

TouchCast helps students take their projects to a new level. Not only can users create their own videos, they can also extend those videos by adding current events, social networking feeds, and other apps to make them more comprehensive and much more interesting. Read full review.

Capzles is a social-networking and storytelling website. Users can combine photos, videos, blog content, and music into explanatory slideshows and share them with friends or the general public. Read full review.

Photo credit by Tobias Toft.

What edtech tools do you use to present information? Sign in to comment below.


Carolyn Brown
Homeschooling parent/instructor
homeschool, Oakland, CA

You overlooked Haikudeck, which is an awesome online presentation maker.
Adobe Video Presenter is a great video tool for split screen presentations, you can see the speaker while you look at what they are talking about.
Also saying that Explain Everything is "superhero Powerpoint" misses the point, it's much more like a supercharged SnagIt or Voicethread minus the collaboration.

Erin Wilkey Oh
Common Sense Education

Thanks so much for your comment, Carolyn. Haiku Deck is an excellent addition to this list. Thanks for drawing our attention to the oversight. We've added it to the Best EdTech for Presenting Top Picks list. As for Adobe Video Presenter, we don't currently have a review of it on Graphite. However, if it's a product you'd be interested in seeing featured, please follow the link below to "Suggest a Product for Review."