Tools – Presentation

A collection of tools that can be used to present ideas in different ways – from videos to comic strips.

Images-audio-video resources

 TinyJPG logoTinyJPG –

a smart jpg and png compression tool

  • recommended by Capilano University Moodle support staff
  • free, easy to use, no sign-up required
  • used to make web pages more easily accessible from mobile devices
  • used to optimize images for Powerpoints, embedded images on web pages, etc.

Audio Library from Youtube –


free music tracks and sound effects

  • requires a Google or Youtube account – free but asks for contact info plus age, gender, mobile phone
  • sorted by genre, mood, instrument, duration, favorites
  • add to your uploaded videos or download in mp3 format
  • terms of use require that the music be integrated into a project or video – not distributed as stand-alone music
  • suggested by Rosie

LibGuides from Royal Roads University

Open Educational Resources – how to find and use

  • Images
  • Video
  • Audio

SylviaR Comments: I’ve used all these sites and found them really useful. RRU’s library staff have done a really good job of giving you brief, cogent explanations of each link. Try them all to find media you can use “as is”, or if license permits, repurpose into something uniquely your own.

OpenclipartOpenClipArt –

shared by BonnieN in FLO Sept2016

  • a favourite source for public domain images and clip art
  • no signup required – free download

Pixabay – https://pixPixabay

a great resource for free (CCO license) images, video and vector graphics

  • can download without signing up but faster if you do – just email and password
  • quality is generally good
  • no attribution required (CCO)
  • sugggested by several participants

Pixlr.jpgPixlr –

Contributed by SylviaR

Snag-IT –

Download this screen capture software – high quality images and video – reasonable price

SylviaR Comments: I`ve used Snag-it since it was $25 – now try it free for 15 days but $49.95 to buy thereafter

Well worth it – very nice annotations and lots of functionality. Used it since 2007 and never had a problem.

  • currently, free options like Jing are just about as good
  • if you don`t do a lot of illustrated help documents, it might be too much for you
  • a US company – always had good response to help requests
  • can use on more than one device as long as not simultaneous


Create Presentations

My Simpleshow free appMy Simple Show –

free, web-based storytelling tool (make “explainer” videos)

  • free to use but must accept their branding
  • they retain worldwide rights to anything you create – see terms and conditions -
  • there doesn’t seem to be a limit on how many “stories” you can create
  • your video projects can be edited, you can add a voice-over, and add illustrations
  • projects download as mp4 files
  • you have to use their storyline formats, type a script first, their “Explainer” mixes up the illustrations
  • used by PatriciaM in FLO-Design Pilot 2017

Pinterest logoPinterest –

a popular social media bulletin board service – users create collections of artifacts, videos, pages they find on the Internet and categorize them – tool used in Wk3 mini-session – ISWo Sept 2014

used by BethCG for Intro in Apr FLO and May RRU FLO

  • free account – create public or private boards – collect ideas from mobile device or desktop
  • collect interesting images or ideas or products – be careful of copyright issues – Pinterest is not liable for any copyright infringement and will bill you for legal troubles if they ensue –
  • very popular – primarily female users – used by some educators (
  • for non-members, a public board is partially blocked by an annoying moving wall – Beth ended up recording a video to explain what people were missing so they wouldn’t have to sign up for Pinterest to see her Intro; didn’t seem to be an issue for FLO RRU – people enjoyed signing up and experimenting with Pinterest.

Powtoon logoPowtoon –

animated presentations, with music and text (cartoony)-first suggested by TracyKR

  • Free, not time limited, 5 min vide o limit
  • Powtoon watermark / “outro” (video message “created using Powtoon”)
  • No download
  • 10 tunes, 10 styles
  • Pay for additional features, quality
  • Example embedded in ISWo – Mini-sessions: How to Rock it

SueN example – ISWo Nov2014 – 05 Facts about adult learning

Prezi – logo

build a Prezi – invite others to help (also listed under Presentation)

SylviaR: used by facilitators and participants during various FLO sessions

  • free online presentation tool
  • use for collaborative construction of a presentation
  • allows audio, embed video, PPts,

SylviaR: discovered Prezi is easy to use collaboratively. Choose Your Tools mini-session used as an example

Slidely –

a visual storytelling tool, creates videos, image slides
used by RossM in FLO-Design 2017 for Intro

  • free to use, social sharing platform
  • Slidely retains rights to anything you post
  • create a slideshow, a gallery, a collage
  • mobile friendly


Create Videos/Screencasts

Animoto logoAnimoto –

web-based video production

  • no free account – 14 day trial
  • appears to allow download of video during the trial period –
  • create slideshow videos, marketing videos, mobile videos
  • used by GolnazG in RRU FLO May2016

Camtasia logoCamtasia –

a desktop, video-based screen capturing software program.

  • must be purchased – can download a test version for free for 30 days
  • Zoom, pan, or create your own custom motion effects
  • add voice narration and/or background music or sound effects
  • add quizzes to check on viewer participation
  • use green screen effect to add yourself to the screen capture video
  • used by DeniseG in Sept2016 FLO

Jing logoJing –

Download this free screen capture software that lets you capture basic video, animation and still images and share them on the web (through Screencast)

  • lots of support and tutorials – well tested and proven product
  • ability to annotate screencasts – add audio and arrows, overlays
  • contributed by FrankF – who uses it all the time to develop helpful screencasts when people get stuck with new tech tools!

Prezi logoPrezi –

an online presentation tool that is characterized by zooming in and out (also listed under Collaboration)

tool contributed in ISWo March 2014

  • 1 month free trial then $4.92/month – free Education account (needs approval by Prezi)
  • allows embedding of PDFs, audio, video and upload of PowerPoint slides
  • you have 500 MB storage and can delete presentation
  • free accounts can’t hide presentations; Education accounts can
  • lots of free templates, examples – can present using online version or download to desktop

SylviaRI find it really helps me focus on the concepts I’m trying to get across; watch out for swooping effect as it can give viewers vertigo! A recent Prezi on OER as an example – Explore OERs in B.C. –

ReubenG example ISWo Nov2014 – Summary of week 3 mini-session feedback

Screencast logoScreencast –


“a video online sharing service to view, store and share digital videos through a range of electronic devices including personal tools such as computers and hand-held devices – made with Jing or Snag-it or other Techsmith tools

  • 2 GB of storage and 2 GB monthly bandwidth
  • unlike many other free storage sites, you retain the rights to what you upload
  • download in mp4 format
  • allows for comments on your content
  • US company – based in Okemos, MI
  • Terms of Use – For the sole purpose of enabling us to display your digital content through the Service and fulfilling any orders for you or those with which you have shared your content, you grant to TechSmith a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, copy, distribute, and display that digital content. Please note that when you share your content, you allow the recipients to share and make copies of that content.

Screencastomatic logoScreencast-O-Matic –

tool suggested during Week 3 ISWo Nov2014 – tested by RobertW

  • free screen and/or webcam recording from website or download to PC or Mac
  • max. 15 min recording (free acct)
  • free hosting (up to 15 min per upload)
  • publish screencast to different formats – avi, mp4, flv
  • publish to Youtube HD
  • published version will carry watermark

RonaldW example – ISWo Nov2014 – SCoPE Week 5 Mini-session

Videoscribe logoVideoScribe –

Contributed by May2017 FDO participants, demonstrated by Lauren Godfrey-Smith

Create whiteboard-style animation videos with no design or technical know-how.

  • Easy and intuitive to use
  • Make a lively presentation to music!
  • Free trial available
  • With paid subscription you can cancel then resume later and your work won’t be lost

Create Puzzles

Discovery Education – Puzzlemaker –

a free puzzlemaker tool – creates puzzles that you can share through html or text

  • a puzzlemaker tool for parents, students, teachers from Discovery Education
  • create criss-cross, cryptograms, double puzzles, fallen phrases, hidden messages, letter tiles, mazes, math puzzles, number blocks and
    word search
  • used by SusanneG in RRU FLO May2016

Puzzle-Maker –

create free, online word search or crossword puzzles (by Variety Games, Inc)

  • Free for any use, even commercial – just provide attribution – “Puzzle made at”
  • They use your words and clues to build a database for use by other teachers; they may use your example if they think it’s particularly well done.
  • If you want to be anonymous, you can create a puzzle and print it (or save it as a pdf). You can also sign up and you’ll be asked to provide an email address.

Used by SylviaR in a final FLO Collaborate session – to create a word search to engage participants in reviewing ideas they included in their final reflective activities.


No longer available – Nov 2015 – Screenr –

Web-based screen recording service from Articulate (maker of paid versions of related software)

  • free service – stores and shares (uses Flash) to Twitter, etc. – all recordings are public
  • displays on all devices (apparently – I haven’t tested)
  • variable screen capture size – uses high def ratio
  • used for old version of how to navigate ISWO course site (Tracy or BJ?)