Create Interactive Presentations with Flowboard

Screen Shot 2014-02-23 at 5.18.18 PMLooking for an alternative to PowerPoint? While Haiku Deck and Prezi are two popular presentation apps, if you’ve been searching for a tool with a few more features, or you’re looking for another presentation tool to add to your “menu of choices,” I’d highly recommend giving Flowboard a try. I plan to have my Digital Literacy/Web 2.0 students use Flowboard at some point in the semester and I’m excited to share what they create!

Flowboard is a free (you can pay $4.99 a month for a premium account), easy to learn and use, interactive presentation tool that takes digital storytelling to a whole new level. Flowboard allows students to add images from their camera roll, Google, Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, or SkyDrive. Students can also add text, there is a large collection of professional looking fonts, YouTube videos (can be embedded for offline viewing), links to external sites, and more straight from their iPads. Students can start a Flowboard from scratch or they can select one of the many templates the design team at Flowboard has created.

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Published Flowboards receive a unique URL and can be shared with individuals, across social networks or embedded into a blog or website.  The Flowboard guide walks you through the creation process step-by-step  and there’s also a Flowboard FAQ to help you get started.  Inside the app itself there is a catalog of Flowboards that others have created. It is helpful for students and teachers to browse the catalog to get their creative juices flowing and see the potential of this app. Teachers could also use Flowboard in place of PowerPoint to present lessons, and for teachers who flip their lessons, Flowboard is definitely an app to consider versus PowerPoint or Google Presentations.

So the next time you assign your students to create a presentation using their iPad, don’t forget to include Flowboard as a choice. This user-friendly app won’t take long for your students to master and I’m sure you’ll be amazed by what they create! Their finished Flowboards will be another excellent artifact to include in their digital portfolios and will showcase their ability to create a dynamic and engaging interactive presentation.

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