Top Pick

Best Classroom Tools for Presentations and Slide Shows

Many students dread presenting or struggle to structure and communicate their ideas successfully. These interactive presentation and slide show apps and websites give them the tools to make their work fun, engaging, and interesting. There also are some great options for teachers to create lessons and presentations with slick multimedia and interactive elements such as video, audio, and embedded assessments. 

Nearpod Publisher: Panarea
Interactive, multimedia slideshows engage students and provide feedback
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Nook HD, Chrome, Apps for Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
VoiceThread Visit Website: https://www.voicethread.com
Easily collaborate and create with voice, video, or image
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price $79/year
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Shadow Puppet Edu Publisher: Shadow Puppet Inc.
Resource-rich video slide show creator a gem for elementary classrooms
Grades 2-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Glogster Visit Website: http://www.glogster.com
Interactive, online multimedia posters display knowledge dynamically
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Biteslide Visit Website: http://www.biteslide.com/
Great kid-friendly tool for research and multimedia slideshow creation
Grades 3-10
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Buncee for Education Visit Website: http://www.edu.buncee.com/
Solid yet unexceptional slideshow tool could offer more instruction
Grades 4-10
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 5
Pear Deck Visit Website: https://www.peardeck.com/
Go beyond the basics with interactive slideshows to assess and engage
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Office Mix Visit Website: https://mix.office.com/
Transformative PPT add-on gives a personal touch to flipped lessons
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Adobe Slate Publisher: Adobe
Build and share slick presentations with photos from around the Web
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
ClassFlow Visit Website: classflow.com
Robust lesson-creation, presentation tool offers built-in assessment
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Keynote Publisher: Apple
Simple, elegant tool for creating presentations on mobile devices
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $9.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Animoto Visit Website: http://animoto.com/
Snazzy video slideshows a snap to create
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Explain Everything Publisher: MorrisCooke
Powerhouse tool for creating stellar multimedia presentations
Grades 7-12
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Adobe Voice Publisher: Adobe
Easy-to-use tool for creating high-quality voice-narrated slideshows
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Haiku Deck Publisher: Haiku Deck
Sparse word use and high-impact visuals help focus presentations
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Prezi Visit Website: http://prezi.com/
Stylish presentation creator with a unique 3D zooming effect
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
TouchCast Publisher: TouchCast
Cool tool takes videos to next level, but some privacy concerns
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Capzles Visit Website: http://www.capzles.com/
Dynamic slideshows combine photos, videos, text, and music
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Emaze Visit Website: http://www.emaze.com/
Cool tool lets kids collaborate online, create slick presentations
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4