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Presentation tools

Canva is a design tool that helps you create for images Web or print, including blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, and more.

  • The district subscribes so sign in through the Google Grid or use your NPS Google at (while certain images and graphics require payment, there are hundreds of free options).
  • You can record video and edit video, and create screencasts to download or share.
  • You can work collaboratively, sharing and editing your designs with a classmate or teacher.
  • There are dozens of pre-set templates, icons, and images to start you off, or you can create from scratch, and upload your own images to customize.
  • When you're finished you can publish the images online or download them to print or use in other projects.
  • Want to Add narration to a slide? See instructions here.
  • If you want to print as a poster, ask for help in the library.


Getting Started with Canva

Create Videos with Canva

Display your information visually! includes pre-made templates based on the type of data (timelines, maps, etc.) or themes (the environment, science, sports). Add your data, and create a beautiful presentation. 

A way to create web sites. This tool is connected to your Newton Public Schools Google Drive account. You can add text, videos, images, links, maps, and more.

To access, log into your Google Drive and choose "New."  Then click "More" and choose Google Sites. 

Google Site Exemplar: 

Check out this site we made for the Family Chemistry Project.

Here's a page on how to use google sites.

Slides IconGoogle Slides is an easy way to create presentations. It allows real-time collaboration. Auto saving. Easily import images, videos and more. Use premade templates and themes or start from scratch.  

Check out this helpful Slides Cheat Sheet:


To use the mote audio-recorder, you need to add the Mote Chrome Extension to your Chrome browser.

Click "allow" and grant ALL permissions (be sure to check the boxes for allowing Mote to access your Google Drive, Google Docs and Google Slides!) This will allow you to see the Mote tool when you open a new Google Slides presentation:

To add audio to your slide, simply click on the Mote icon at the top of your Google Slides menu, record your audio, and place it on the slide where you want it. Your audio will automatically begin playing when you are in Present mode in Google Slides.

Create your own Comic. Includes fully -posable characters, dynamic panels, props, and speech bubbles. Free online -- click on icon above or link below to go to the site:


Prezi logo

Prezi is an online alternative to PowerPoint. "Make your presentations zoom!"

  • It's free online (you don't need the paid account).
  • Watch the video below to learn how to use it--it takes a little practice, but can create great-looking presentations.

smoreSmore makes it easy to create online fliers and posters with slick templates and simple click and drag manipulation. Consider using smore to jazz up that old paper poster project and provide a means for all students to shine--not just those who are good at drawing, cutting and pasting.

Here's a sample smore flyer:

Do you have a long script for your video? Consider using a teleprompter tool like Speakflow (note that it is voice activated -- "allow" microphone use so the prompter can advance as you read the script automatically) or CuePrompter.

Timetoast allows you to create dynamic timelines online.

  • It's free online (you don't need the paid account).
  • Beware:  because the timeline you create is interactive with dynamic images, you won't be able to print it out to turn it in.  Instead, you'll have to give your teacher a link to view your timeline online.  Be sure to clear this with him or her before you use this tool for your project.

Here's a sample timeline I made for Rosa Parks (to see it in larger format, use this link)

The bibliography for this project including citations for all of the images can be found here.

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