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This session is for those educators looking for an alternative to Keynote. The two tools we have to present to you represent not a substitution, but rather two tools that offer something that Keynote does not.

Slidebean represents quite a different take on the construction of a 'slideshow'. It creates beautiful presentations, with little effort. It is accessed online, ideally via a computer.

Haiku Deck is more similar to Keynote, except that it is a dedicated iPad App. Perfect for students enrolled in the One to World classrooms.

What makes a great presentation?

It depends on the purpose, topic and audience. But here are some resources that begin to unpack this most essential of starting points, before embarking on the task of creating a presentation.

The Traditional Presentation:

  1. Articulate a solid idea/concept for your presentation. What is your goal?
  2. Organise your information and resources. Perhaps create a folder on your device so that everything can be accessed when you need it. Make sure images are all accurately labelled, or at least categorised by folders to speed things up.
  3. Plan a logical flow to your presentation. Bullet point this out before even starting.
  4. Select the most appropriate App or online service for creating your presentation.
  5. Start creating your slideshow presentation. Some people like to create their slides at the start, complete with titles.
  6. Stick with a chosen colour scheme. Some Apps help with this, others don't. Consider consulting a colour chart such as 'Color Scheme Designer'
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Consider a Triad colour scheme

or Image DNA for ChromeThis plugin for Chrome allows you to capture the colours from a Picture, to create a colour scheme.

7. Make your presentation short on words, focussing on the key ideas only. The strength of a presentation rests with the presenter. The slideshow is there to assist.
8. If an idea is complex, requiring a large amount of words, consider offering a handout.

The Audio Presentation
Here is a great article about how to make a image/audio presentation. The articles provides great examples, that could serve as a great resource for your students.

1) Slidebean

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Creating a professional keynote requires time, effort and design knowledge that most users don’t have, which results in poor quality slides and presentations that are not engaging to the audience.
Slidebean reinvents the slide-creation process by separating the content creation and the design stages. Users can focus exclusively on creating quality content, while the tool takes care of generating top quality slides, automatically. With this process, finishing a presentation takes minutes instead of hours.

Positives: 1) Easy to signup and use; 2) Focus for user is on the content, rather than visual aesthetics. 3) Variety of audiences catered to. 4) Great for student work as an excellent presentation can be created very quickly.
Negatives: 1. Cannot (yet) insert videos or charts. Quotes we are less sure about. But all three of these features are clearly about to arrive (see image below). 2) No narration option. 3) Sharing not yet available, but coming.
Undecided: Downloading presentation is available, but downloads as HTML only.


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2. Haiku Deck

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Click to download from the App Store

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