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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 slide shows engage students and provide feedback
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome, Apps for Windows, Mac Apps
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Shadow Puppet Edu Publisher: Shadow Puppet Inc.
Resource-rich video slide-show creator a gem for a variety of classrooms
Grades 2-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
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
Screencastify Visit Website: https://www.screencastify.com/
Easy screen-recording tool facilitates outside-the-box teaching
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Buncee for Education Visit Website: http://www.edu.buncee.com/
Easy-to-use slide show tool offers lots of customization
Grades 3-10
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
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 Spark Visit Website: https://spark.adobe.com
Super-flexible design tool for crafting fabulous images, videos, and sites
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
ClassFlow Visit Website: https://classflow.com/
Robust lesson-creation, presentation tool offers built-in assessment
Grades 4-12
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
Sutori Visit Website: http://www.sutori.com
A slick way to share knowledge via interactive timelines and stories
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Animoto Visit Website: http://animoto.com/
Create snazzy video slide shows with simple, flexible features
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
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, Chrome
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, Paid
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