Whether you’re preparing for your next lecture, or presenting your most recent assignment to your classmates, there is a good chance that you are going to to want to prepare a slideshow. PowerPoint has become a staple in presentation software, and it’s not hard to see why. The program is fairly easy to use, widely available, and has enough tools to make your presentation as simple or complex as you please. There is no doubt that PowerPoint will get the job done, however using the same software over and over again can grow boring. Here are three alternatives to PowerPoint that you can consider the next time you need put together a presentation:
Prezi is a webtool that can be used to create dynamic presentations. I like to think of it more as a journey than a slideshow. You create a “big picture” which serves as the first “slide”. This gives the audience a sneak peek of what the presentation will be about, and the progression it will take. You can then zoom into certain spots of the picture to highlight key points. Unlike a traditional slideshow, you can choose to make the presentation linear, circular, or something entirely different. Prezi provides a host of pre-made templates, or you can start with a blank canvas and create something new. Prezis can be shared with other people by providing them with a link. You can also embed Prezi presentations directly into a webpage, blog post, or discussion board. Basic features of Prezi are free, but users have access to more with a monthly subscription. Check out the video (created by the Prezi Team) below to learn the basics of Prezi.
- Google Slides
Google Slides is a web-based application available through Google Drive. Although Google Slides has a very similar setup to PowerPoint, I like the fact that it is integrated to Google Drive (Check out this post where I talk about some of the things I like about Google Drive). You can create slideshows utilizing most of the same features found in PowerPoint, and Google Drive makes collaborating and sharing a cinch. Working on a group presentation? You can give editing power to members of your group. Presentations can be shared by providing the audience with a link, or you can embed the presentation in an online medium of your choosing. The Google Slides app can be installed on your computer, tablet, or smartphone for free, making it easy for you to edit on the go. Learn how to get started with Google Slides here.
- Haiku Deck
Haiku Deck provides you the essentials needed to create a sleek and simple slideshow. Have you ever sat through a presentation where the presenter just reads a bunch of words verbatim off of their slides? Annoying, right? Haiku Deck discourages their users from doing this by providing layout options that work best with clear, succinct points. One resource available in this tool, which I really enjoy, is access to a library of royalty-free photos that you can incorporate in your presentation. It takes away the hassle of scouring the web for images. Haiku Deck also allows users to create graphs and charts with ease. Like Prezi and Google Slides, Haiku Deck presentations can be shared by providing your audience with a link, or they can be embedded to your blog, course, website, etc. Users can create three presentations for free, or an unlimited number of presentations for a monthly fee. Explore the Haiku Deck Gallery here.