2-Tools To Develop Presentational Skills

A- Prezi

Prezi, an electronic presentation tool, is similar to Microsoft PowerPoint from the perspective that it similarly serves to deliver the presenter’s ideas. Yet, unlike the popular Microsoft PowerPoint which is based on discrete slides, Prezi creates presentations on a single large canvas. Prezi can be used in both presenting ideas and/or publishing them on the web. The presenter can display an overview of the ideas or focus on details and particular topics or show the relationship. The fact that Prezi uses zero slides is due the belief that slides actually obstruct the audience view and that the large canvas allows the audience to remember and understand more. Its merits are also reflected on the presenter before the presentation; Prezi helps the presenter to formulate his thoughts and find his focus, thus better deliver his ideas. It encourages presenters to use and combine text, images and multimedia in an attractive way. “Items on the canvas can be dragged, tilted, and scaled to create an engaging initial impression. Then a 'path' can be drawn between the different elements. Each click of the mouse zooms the viewer to the next element in the path, providing a fresh alternative to simply moving from one slide to another”.
Tarr provided a handout as a quick start guide:
Quck Start (pdf file)

B- Voicethread

Voicethread is a collaborative presentational tool, which has images, documents, and videos as features for users to use. Others whom one share it with can leave comments in five various ways: “using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam)”. “Users can doodle while commenting, use multiple identities, and pick which comments are shown through moderation. VoiceThreads can even be embedded to show and receive comments on other websites and exported to MP3 players or DVDs to play as archival movies”. Finally, Voicethread works without installing any software.

C- Animoto

Animato is easy to use; the presenter merely needs to upload a batch of images regarding the intended subject of the presentation, then chooses a suitable soundtrack to accompany the images and even adds subtitles if necessary to function as a narrative to the movie and finally clicks on a button to restructure the inputs into a professional-looking movie. The customized movie can be used as an introduction to the main presentation or it can be the presentation in itself.

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