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Library Resource Guides: Learning and presentation tools

Web-based presentation tools

 Haiku Deck

Slides made using Haiku Deck focus on imagery and graphics, with a few words per slide. This platform is completely free and has a number of pre-existing themes and images to use, as well as the ability to create your own.

 Prezi

A popular alternative to PowerPoint, Prezi is an online presentation tool that features fluid, energetic display options. If you're working on a presentation in a group, you can collaborate on the design and content. Prezi is free, but all your presentations will be made public, so be careful of displaying confidential information.

 Google Slides

Google Slides offers a professional, PowerPoint-like platform and is helpful for those used to the layout and editing functions of PowerPoint but wish to collaborate online. The service is free, you just need a Google Account.

 Canva

Canva is a free, Australia-based graphic-design tool. It is useful for those that wish to create eye-catching web and print media graphics, but have little experience in this field. The service is free, however you can only gain access to a limited number of templates without a paid account.

Tools for collaborative learning

 Google Drive

Google Drive is a cloud storage service, where students can collaborate on shared files.

SurveyMonkey

SurveyMonkey is a free service, allowing you to quickly create and design your own online surveys, which you can share easily with a large group of people and monitor responses.

DropBox

DropBox allows you to securely share large files, such as documents, videos or photos with colleagues.

 MailChimp

MailChimp is a popular e-newsletter tool, with the ability to send information to up to 2000 users for free.

 Slack

Slack is a tool that offers private groups and direct messaging for collaboration. Files, conversations, and people are all searchable.

 Trello 

Another collaborative learning tool, good for team projects.

Source: Daily Genius, 'The 13 best tools for collaborative working' (Apr 16, 2015).

Teaching tools

Tools to support learning

MyStudyBar

MyStudyBar is designed to support learners with literacy-related difficulties such as dyslexia, however the toolbar can benefit all learners. MyStudyBar consists of a set of portable open source and freeware applications, assembled into one convenient package.

Applications include:

  • Xmind for planning and organization
  • T-Bar for customising font and colour backgrounds
  • Lingoes for when you need a talking dictionary
  • LetMeType for help with text input
  • Balabolka for converting text to audio
  • A speech-to-text app which allows you to talk to your computer.