Infographics, posters, and presentations
Another technique to help students organize and distill their thoughts is having them create a digital posters and infographics.
Infographics require the creator to display data and other information in a concise visual display. You've probably enjoyed infographics on the web many times. To the left is an example; click on the picture to pop up the full infographic.
Some infographics also include videos and other media. These are excellent alternatives to the typical PowerPoint presentation.
Digital Posters are another way for students to display work.
A free digital flyer program called Smore is very easy to use. It's a great way to introduce students to displaying information for specific audiences using logos, ethos, pathos, and kairos. Here is the site, Smore. Here is an example student mini-report on a career path: A Career as a Physical Therapist.
An interactive poster is Glogster, which allows students to create posters with text, graphics, audio, and video. Glogster can also be used as an infographic.
Glogster has a gallery to help inspire you: http://edu.glogster.com/glogpedia/
Glogster Education Edition: http://edu.glogster.com/
Prezi is a PowerPoint alternative that takes some thought and planning to use. However, it is worth the effort, and students benefit from the thinking about how various items in their presentation are related.
Prezi gallery: http://prezi.com/explore/
Here is a Prezi my students made of their first scavenger hunt in the library (I had them take pictures to record their findings):
Try Prezi: http://prezi.com/index/
Another option: Instead of sitting through several PowerPoint presentations, provide students with the opportunity to create virtual presentations using Present Me. Present Me allows users to upload PowerPoint slides and record themselves (talking head) giving the presentation. Students can post their presentations and comment on each other's topics.
Try Present Me: https://present.me/