Common Sense Review
Updated December 2014


Cool tool lets kids collaborate online, create slick presentations
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Common Sense Rating 3
  • Taskbars make it easy to add media and visuals to a presentation.
  • Search for presentations to incorporate in instructions or to use as inspirations for new creations..
  • Student-friendly tutorial videos and support pages offer additional assistance.
  • Educational plans include features for privacy, collaboration, custom templates, and cloud storage.
Original, professional presentations take student-generated info and ideas beyond PowerPoint.
Free accounts don't protect student privacy; user-generated content isn't always reliable or kid-appropriate.
Bottom Line
Polished, sleek presentations give kids great opportunities to present, but watch out for privacy and safety concerns.
Kirstin Sobotka
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

Great features let students present their own research with a variety of charts, images, media, and templates. Some versions let students collaborate online.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

Students can learn by organizing their thoughts in innovative, visually attractive presentations. Exploring other students' presentations and other content on the site boosts learning, too.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

Helpful tutorial videos and FAQ pages guide students through the site's many features and help maximize its potential. Teachers and students can collaborate through the paid education plans.

About our ratings and privacy evaluation.
How Can Teachers Use It?

You can use a tool like Emaze to scaffold your students' speaking and presentation skills. Find or create several different presentations on Emaze related to the topics or skills in your current learning unit. Divide your students into groups, then have each group of students study the presentation and develop their own speech and delivery needed to make the presentation a success. Student evaluation could occur to prompt discussion. All content teachers can utilize this site to help students hone outstanding presenting and speaking skills associated with balanced literacy and current technology. Of course, allow the students to create their own presentations individually or in small groups, and require them to use all of the design elements (images, media, audio, graphs/ charts). This can add to the depth of their research as they generate data and visuals to add to their claims and ideas.

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What's It Like?

Emaze is a web-based tool (and Chrome extension) that lets users create, save, and share presentations online. You can create a free account and access 38 animated templates, endless design options, and more than 2 million user-generated presentations. The tool can give teachers the opportunity to take their presentations beyond what a standard PowerPoint can do, with dynamic images, media, and charts and graphs. However, keep in mind that Emaze hasn't been designed with kids' use in mind, and some of the site's user-generated content could be inappropriate.

For teachers, however, intuitive taskbars and clear search options help users navigate the site's many features, and tutorial videos and technical directions on the support page offer further details. Whether you're using a free account or a paid plan, cloud storage and online collaboration are available. There are also features for advancing slides with voice control. You can create your own presentations from scratch, use the templates, or search for other users' content and use it for inspiration or further development. 

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Is It Good For Learning?

Emaze's developers position the tool as a PowerPoint alternative, and the tool's many features make this a solid, easy-to-use tool for making engaging presentations. Since this is a presentation tool, there's limited learning built in. Indeed, the site doesn't manage the content of its user-generated presentations, so if teachers have their students use the tool, they should caution that user-generated content on the site isn't necessarily reliable and other users' presentations aren't acceptable sources for research or citations. Additionally, the site is geared primarily toward users 18 and up, so be aware that some of the user-generated content on the site may not be suitable for kids in school.

Teachers, however, can use the existing content on the site for inspiration or as a starting point for their own work. It can be a little challenging to navigate the platform's many features, but luckily most are intuitive and the support page's tutorials are thorough. If you do have students use the platform, they're likely to value the creativity and confidence it lets them bring into their work. Just be cautious about privacy; the good (but spendy) education plans give teachers and students more control over who can see and access their presentations, but the free accounts lack these features. Overall, if it's the right tool for your classroom, Emaze's flexibility and sophisticated design make it a solid way to create effective, appealing presentations. 

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