3 Awesome Presentation Tools

PowerPoint and Keynote are not the only options for creating awesome presentations. There are some great tools out there waiting to be discovered. Three of them particularly caught our attention:

  1. Explain Everything is an app that allows you to do a presentation, write on it as you go and record your voice in sync with the slides. This video should convince you:

  2. Google Presentations works as part of Google Docs (now Google Drive); and as such you can create presentations online either by yourself or as a shared activity. You can easily import from PowerPoint and share your presentation to your class or audience via a simple link. Even better, it is completely device interoperable. Wonderful.
  3. Haiku Deck is a free iPad app that ensures you get more creative with your presentations. It focuses on the story rather than just adding text content to slides. It helps you use fewer words and combines these with images from the bank in Haiku Deck itself or from your own collection.

Augmented Reality Apps

It’s funny in an organisation how sometimes the right hand does not always know what the left hand is doing. Our Standards team have been conducting the Emerging Technology Trials on behalf of the National VET E-learning Strategy, with one trial focusing on using the Augmented Reality (AR) app Layar.

This cool app allows you to hover a mobile device over an image or object that you taught it to recognise, and show an image, video or link to a website in response to that object. It works in similar ways to QR codes except that you no longer need the QR code. (Note that you might want to have them in some circumstances, as people are becoming used to them and automatically know what to do when they appear).

If you’d like to get more info on the trial, it’s called ‘Augmented Reality for Kitchen Orientation and Safety Procedures‘.

Now it also happens that we are looking at introducing an Augmented Reality application for our conVerge12 e-learning conference. A few of us have been looking at Aurasma, unaware of Layar. If you have any experience with either one of these apps, we’d welcome your opinion on Twitter! It seems that Aurasma recognises hand gestures, which makes our minds boggle even more at the possibilities for using this in training. Anyway we encourage you to have a play around with both and watch the demo video of Aurasma: