Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Add Some Flair to Your Year-End Report: Digital Presentation Tools

Before computers and the Internet, school librarians had to type their reports on either a manual or electric typewriter. Fast forward to today, and there are so many different ways to make a digital presentation. You can utilize a design program such as InDesign, then save as a PDF, as done here by ALA. Or, you can take it up a notch and create an infographic or digital presentation. (Click the tab for "Infographices" at the top of this page for tools and information on creating your infographic.) If you are doing something unique for your report, please share below. Here is a small list if you want to think out of the box and bypass Microsoft Word or Powerpoint.

36 Best Tools For Data Visualization- if you are planning on making an infographic or slide presentation, you are bound to find something here.

Animoto-as an educator, you can obtain a FREE pro account, which allows HD videos up to 20 minutes in length, with over 2,000 music tracks to choose from.

Easel.ly- "create and share visual ideas online"

Emaze- simple interface and templates


Glogster EDU- reports can be presented in poster style, with added graphics, music, text, photos and more

Kizoa- free slide show and collage maker

Powtoon- "bringing awesomeness to your presentations"; use their cartoon characters to make a great presentation for you

Prezi- "make your presentations zoom"

SchoolTube- make your own video and it won't be blocked in your school!

School Library Reports- Jennifer LaGarde (Library Girl) has shared eight different school library reports, so you can see different programs used to create them


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