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Hypersay

Live presentation tool adds interactivity to stale slide decks

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3–12

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Assessment, Creating Media, Formative Assessment, Presentation, Productivity

Price: Free, Paid
Platforms: Web

Pros: Drag and drop to add questions, polls, media, and more. Live chat and post-presentation feedback.

Cons: Duplicates tools common to classrooms. Free version only for small groups.

Bottom Line: This easy-to-use tool gets students more involved in presentations, but a lot of teachers might use similar tools already.

Hypersay will work best for teachers who have a library of slide decks they want to make more interactive but don't have an existing learning management system (LMS) or interactive presentation and lesson platform (like Pear Deck or Nearpod) that has these features baked in. For the right teacher, Hypersay can relatively quickly and painlessly turn "sit and get" presentations into much more. Lectures can feature checks for understanding, polls to gauge student opinions, and a range of media for further exploration.

Hypersay's features will be particularly appealing to teachers who do a lot of online or virtual teaching. In these scenarios, teachers could pair Hypersay with a conferencing tool like Zoom or Microsoft Teams and host live presentations that get students contributing and provide teachers with formative data. Note that Hypersay also supports its own video streaming and chat as well, so even if you don't have a conferencing platform, you can still use it this way.

Of course, Hypersay could be used during face-to-face learning as well. However, students would each need their own device.

Hypersay is a website that helps teachers create and host interactive presentations or lectures. Users can upload presentations in PDF, PowerPoint, or Google Slides format and then add features like discussions, polls, questions, interactive images, and embedded videos into the presentations. 

After creating a presentation, teachers invite participants by sharing a code or link. Students then see only the slide that the teacher wants them to see. As they progress through the presentation, students complete the various built-in interactive extras. Teachers can review responses during or after the session, dig into other data on participants, and host a post-presentation discussion. During this review, Hypersay also added video streaming and chat features, so the platform can be used on its own for virtual learning without the assistance of videoconferencing.

Using a Google Slides or PowerPoint isn't generally the best starting point for designing engaging learning experiences, but sometimes it's necessary or just the easiest way to structure some learning materials. Teachers might also have a set of presentations banked that they're looking to make more interactive. If that's the case, and you're not interested in signing up for a platform like Pear Deck or Nearpod, Hypersay is worth checking out. Its features, or "interactive elements," can help to turn those stock presentations into more meaningful learning experiences that get students active, generating useful feedback and points of discussion along the way. The site has great tools for engaging live audiences and also analyzing how things went afterward or extending learning through discussion. It's also exceptionally easy to use; the drag-and-drop tool for adding interactivity is neat and gives you a nice bird's-eye view of the presentation.

The big struggle with Hypersay is that it's still in live development, so features continue to evolve and get perfected. It's also a tool that replicates a lot of things teachers typically already have licenses for, so it might not distinguish itself enough quite yet to justify bringing it on board. 

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Engagement

Teachers will appreciate the slick drag-and-drop interface. Students can chat, clap, and engage with content during presentations. 

Pedagogy

Interactive features allow teachers to make stale presentations more interactive and social while collecting useful formative data.

Support

A YouTube channel includes a boot camp for new users and varied training videos. Responsive tech support. Live captions currently being tested.

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James Denby
James Denby Educator/Curriculum Developer

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