Presentation Tools Reflection

I chose to create a 3 slide presentation on a topic that I teach to my seventh graders. One of the first units we cover is geography. Because I teach middle schoolers, I review the basics of map skills and cover parts of a map. I used Haiku Deck to create this presentation.

While it’s visually appealing and fairly simple to use, there are some limitations. Haiku Deck is free to sign up and you can create a maximum of three presentations with the free version. In addition, in the free version, you aren’t able to use many of the features that the paid version allows. For example, in the free version, you cannot download your presentation. You can only share your presentation. You also cannot set your presentation as private in the free version. Because of these restrictions in the free version, I don’t think it is worth signing up. If you are willing to pay for the service, then you will create beautiful, trendy, and stylish presentations.

See my presentation here:

Some other presentation tools that I’d like to mention are Prezi and Canva. Both of these two sites have free versions and paid versions and like Haiku Deck, certain features are limited. Prezi is fairly easy to use but there is a slight learning curve. Once you play around with the many different ways you can create a presentation, you’ll get the hang of it. I would suggest starting with a template, rather than creating a Prezi from scratch.

Canva is also a great presentation tool and they have so many features and templates. You can use Canva for a variety of purposes including Instagram and other social media posts, invitations, business cards, flyers, posters, and more. It is important to note that if you are an educator, you can set up an educator account using your school email and unlock a few additional features unavailable to others. Canva also has a variety of templates for educational purposes such as worksheets, lesson plans, and more. Canva is worth exploring and a great tool to bookmark.

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