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Digital tools for presentations


Use digital presentations to reinforce what you are saying with text, images, audio or video. The process of creating a digital presentation also helps you to think through your ideas.

Choosing the right tool

There are lots of different presentation tools available, so consider which will be best for your purpose. Here are some examples.
  • Google Slides - Similar to PowerPoint, Google Slides is part of the same family of apps as Google Docs and Sheets. It is easy to use and multiple users can edit a presentation, so it's great for group presentations. Your Slides are saved automatically and you can present directly from Google Drive.

  • Haiku Deck - An online presentation tool that focuses on images and design. Choose from a range of layouts, fonts and images to help you create a polished design. A free ‘Public' account limits you to three saved presentations at a time.

  • Prezi - A cloud-based service for presenting ideas from a virtual canvas. Individuals or groups can work online to create Prezis using text, graphic and multimedia content. Sign up with your Sussex email address to get the benefits of the free Edu Standard account.

  • Sway - A Microsoft presentation tool, Sway can help you to create interactive, polished presentations. You can use it on a mobile device or computer. The appearance of your presentation adapts to the screen you are viewing it on.

  • PowerPoint - Probably the most common presentation software in higher education. As part of Microsoft Office 365, it is available to you free of charge while you study at Sussex. See Office 365 and how to download PowerPoint. It is also possible to record a PowerPoint presentation with narration with Windows 10, should you wish to practice. The short video below (recorded in PowerPoint) explains how:  

Finding images

Images help to grab your audience's attention. Remember that individuals own the copyright to pictures just like written work, so make sure you have permission to use an image. Fortunately, many people apply age that you have found can be complicated. Fortunately a lot of people apply Creative Commons licenses to their images so that others can use them. 

You can use 
Flickr to find Creative Commons images - select the Advanced Search option to filter your results by the various Creative Commons licences. The handy CC Flickr attribution tool allows you to quickly attribute images. will let you search Flickr for CC-licensed images, then embed the attribution at the bottom of the image.

Microsoft Word enables you to find CC-licensed pictures. Go to Insert > Online Pictures to search Bing, selecting ‘Creative Commons only'.

Follow the advice in this Technology Enhanced Learning post - Top tips for designing presentations - to improve your presentations. 


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