23 Mobile Things #13: Presentations

Use at least one of these apps and create a presentation (real or fake doesn’t matter, just play with the tool). Write a blog post about what you think about the app and how you may be able to use it personally or professionally. If you know of another app that would fit under this Thing, tell us about it in your blog, too.

Hmm…I don’t know about this one.  I tried out the Deck app to create a sample presentation, because I have already used Haiku Deck and Educreations and I wanted to try something new.  What I’ve noticed with app presentations is that they allow you to put minimal content into slides which is good and bad.  It is good because no one watching a presentation wants to read paragraphs on a slide, so this forces you to put only keywords on your slides.  However, if you want to do something different or creative on a slide you have limited options.  Educreations has much more freedom of what you draw on the slide, but, it is pretty much made to create drawings.  As a librarian I just don’t have all that many drawings I need to make, so I tried something new.

For some reason I chose Deck, even though the description says that it does all of the formatting for you.  I am a creative person and I think that the formatting is really important and I like control over it.  This feeling was confirmed after using Deck.  Yes, Deck does have some really cool formatting and transitions built-in, but it is so limited in the content you can put up and the personalization of the slideshow.  While this might be great for people who aren’t comfortable creating their presentations from scratch, it’s not something that I prefer.

I will probably stay away from using Deck because I am a control freak when it comes to my lessons.  I like to be able to personalize them and that requires more than the limited options of Deck.  I could suggest this to students that need to create presentations and aren’t all that tech savvy.  It would be useful for them to not have to worry so much about formatting and simply focus on the content.

One thought on “23 Mobile Things #13: Presentations

  1. It’s a bit like cooking, isn’t it? The stuff from scratch tends to be better but you need to know what you’re doing and have the time to do it in. But sometimes you just need to use the Hamburger Helper because you don’t have the time or energy for anything else.

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