Looking for a different way to present content and engage students in your lessons? Take a look at SlideIdea - a free app for the iPad that sets out to rival Keynote, Nearpod, Haiku Deck, Swipe and other presentation apps for the iPad. Here are 5 features that I think make it a great app for the classroom.
1.Slide Templates – With clean designs, and plenty of templates to choose from, you can be sure that your audience will not be bored by the same old PowerPoint themes. There are lots to like, and you can preview each one before you decide on the one you want. Templates are customizable to your needs and allow you to change things like the background colors and fonts.
2. Widgets – Need a square frame for your image? What about a collage? The image widgets give you lots of shapes to choose from and can help your slides stand out from the crowd. If you don’t see the one you want, tap the download button to view more. The same goes for the shape tool. Polygons, lines, speech bubbles, and a variety of icons are just a tap away and each one can be customized for color, fonts, borders and more.
3. Screencasting – The built-in screencasting tool lets you record your voice as you flip through your slideshow and will then save it to the app or your SlideIdea web account. As you are recording, you can use some basic annotation tools to draw the viewer’s attention to specific content on the slide. This could be great for students who want to practice a live presentation so that they can play it back for peer or self-assessment.
4. Audience Participation – Spice up a passive presentation with some interactive tools that are designed to involve your audience. For instance, you can give your viewers a URL that puts your slides on their screens and will switch to the next slide when you do. You can also poll the audience, or randomly call on a person’s device that is connected to your presentation. You can also add a video from your Camera Roll or from YouTube.
5. Cloud Connections – Sharing and importing is easy with the connected cloud services. Google Drive, Dropbox, Skydrive and Box can be linked to easily import a PPT or PDF presentation. You can also upload your files direct to the SlideIdea website on a desktop computer and access those files from the app. Presentations created inside the app can be exported as a PPT, PDF or PNG and opened in an app of your choice.
So, whether you use it yourself, or decide to set your students loose on it, you are quickly able to create some great, interactive presentations on the iPad with very little effort when you use the SlideIdea app.