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15 Visual Content Tools That Rock

15 Visual Content Tools That Rock | Digital Presentations in Education |
Today I'm sharing just why it's dangerous to put your trust in copy on it's own and why visual content can create the perfect balance for your blog.

Baiba Svenca's insight:

A great list of tools that help to create visual content.

Thanks to Payman Taei for the suggestion.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, September 5, 9:11 PM

Writing without the power of visuals is flat and boring. These tools bring your ideas to life. Stacey's made some very useful annotations about what is useful about each of the 15 tools.  Great list!  ~  Deb

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 6, 8:22 AM

A short list of tools for creating visual content.

All of them are good, but are much more than these 15.

Pam Colburn Harland's curator insight, September 7, 8:39 AM

Great list of useful graphics tools!

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5 Cool PowerPoint Slide Design Tools

5 Cool PowerPoint Slide Design Tools | Digital Presentations in Education |
Tired of the same-old presentations? These five free tools can help you add visual oomph to your PowerPoint slides.
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See if you know these five great and free design tools that can help you enhance your PowerPoint presentations.

Cynthia Day's curator insight, July 30, 2:47 PM


Athena Catedral's curator insight, August 6, 3:52 AM

Because a good idea will go to waste if you can't present it right. 

becool's curator insight, August 21, 7:51 AM
Voor wie nog graag ppt presentaties maakt, kan dit een manier zijn om er meer variatie in te integreren. Leve Prezi :)
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Haiku Deck - new free themes

Haiku Deck - new free themes | Digital Presentations in Education |

Haiku Deck themes keep your decks looking stylish and cohesive from beginning to end, with a professionally designed combination of font, image filter, and color palette for your charts and graphs.

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Check out six new free themes by Haiku Deck, available in both web app and iPad app.

Marja Oilinki's curator insight, June 8, 4:37 AM

Haiku Deck on helppo tapa luoda visuaalisesti näyttäviä dioja. Kuvahakuominaisuus on mainio. Haiku on helppo käyttää, rajoituksena vain se, että formaatti on melko joustamaton. Muistiinpanodiojen tekemiseen en tätä käyttäisi, mutta virikedioihin, ideoiden esittelyyn, mihin tahansa, missä tärkeintä on luoda tunnelmaa.

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Text Effects

Text Effects | Digital Presentations in Education |
Tuts+ teaches creative and technical skills across many topics to millions of people worldwide. We offer tutorials, articles, news and insights that help you take your knowledge to the next level.
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If you have time and desire to create special letters for your presentation title or text, or create a vector picture, this is a fantastic site where you can learn how to do it.

All examples are supplied with thorough and detailed instructions how to work with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop or other program.

Sue Alexander's curator insight, May 7, 9:15 AM

Great resource for all!

Evelyn Lacanienta's curator insight, May 8, 2:13 PM

This looks like a fantastic site. I will try to definitely explore this summer

JM - Axioma WebLab's curator insight, May 13, 8:46 AM

Amazing guide for create outstanding text effects, great article for designers.

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6 Presentation Design Dos and Don’ts

6 Presentation Design Dos and Don’ts | Digital Presentations in Education |

Great presentation design can be difficult to master because it requires the coordination of many elements, including colors, fonts, images, icons and background. While there are a lot of pieces to the presentation design puzzle, don’t be overwhelmed.

Baiba Svenca's insight:

A nice list of dos and don'ts in presentation design. The article suggests what you should avoid doing and what you should do instead to achieve the best result.

Judih Weinstein Haggai's curator insight, April 9, 12:13 AM

Great visual reminders of how to prepare effective presentations

eLearningTV's curator insight, May 1, 8:42 AM

A must to know.

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Nancy Duarte: How to Create Better Visual Presentations

Nancy Duarte explains how to create better visual presentations so you can communicate your ideas with efficiency, clarity and impact. She is CEO of Silicon ...
Baiba Svenca's insight:

A fantastic video where Nancy Duarte is giving several important tips regarding slide design. Perfect for watching with your students as the tips are well-presented, exemplified and easy to understand.

Mike Donahue's curator insight, March 19, 7:59 AM

Nancy Duarte offers some simple ideas for making a more effective slideshow to enhance your presentation.

Lon Naylor's curator insight, March 19, 9:28 AM

I constantly see video "gurus" telling people to just insert all your script text into PowerPoint slides, read it aloud while recording, and...BAM!...instant video!


I've always contended that this is a questionable strategy at best for delivering a visual message. Here is one of the leading presentation experts on the planet explaining part of my contention.

Chris Carter's curator insight, March 19, 10:27 PM

Words of wisdom, all in 3 minutes.

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Presentation Slide Design - Stop Animations Spoiling Your Presentation

Presentation Slide Design - Stop Animations Spoiling Your Presentation | Digital Presentations in Education |

PowerPoint, Keynote, and Skyrocket can create some great visual aids.  Sadly, many presenters have never been taught the principles of presentation slide design.

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Animations on your PowerPoint slides? To use or not to use? How much is enough? Read the answers to these questions in the article by Gavin Meikle.

PIRatE Lab's curator insight, February 1, 1:08 PM

Generally, the best answer is NO ANIMATIONS.  And almost never any of the sound effects.  More on this on Monday...

Ali Anani's curator insight, February 2, 12:12 AM

The pyramid of designing slides for presentations

Don Karp's curator insight, February 10, 11:52 PM

Useful tips on animation plus a link for "how to" with PowerPoint.

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4 ways to use 3D backgrounds in Prezi

4 ways to use 3D backgrounds in Prezi | Digital Presentations in Education |
Meaghan Hendricks is a presentation designer at Prezi. She has designed prezis for a wide varie...
Baiba Svenca's insight:

The post explains how you can add a 3D background to a prezi and what effect it produces. There are a few great examples of Prezi design.

mgmtinstr09's curator insight, November 20, 2013 2:31 PM

More on how to use Prezi to go boldly where no presenter has gone before. Great alternative to PPTs

Brandi McWilliams's curator insight, November 27, 2013 9:40 PM

A neat way to spice up your Prezi.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, November 28, 2013 7:47 AM


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Data Visualization & Information Design: One Learner's Perspective

This is my first slide deck designed to share. It reflects a summary and applied practice of some basic lessons learned about data visualization and information
Baiba Svenca's insight:

The author Sheila B. Robinson has put together her ideas about planning and designing a PowerPoint presentation with the focus on education. This slideshow is like another lesson in mastering PowerPoint presentation skills.

Linda Allen's comment, August 26, 2013 1:42 PM
Excellent advice and steps to follow for enticing presentations.
Lee Hall's curator insight, August 29, 2013 3:23 PM

Teachers, please take a few minutes to see these slides.

Clive Hilton's curator insight, September 28, 2013 6:41 AM

Sometimes it's worth just going back to the basics. And this is one of those times. My students - yes you, Team! - take note, please.

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Ode to Prezi_Prezi Presentation Design

We threw the challenge to the studio "create something just for fun showing off your talented skills and the great capabilities of Prezi for storytelling and...
Baiba Svenca's insight:

This is a marvellous presentation demonstrating endless possibilities offered by Prezi. No doubt you have to practice a lot to create a similar presentation but now you know - it is possible!

There is even a poem at the end of the video! :)

Michelle Donovan's curator insight, August 3, 2013 9:35 PM
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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, August 6, 2013 10:58 PM

I like Prezi but the email link can be a bite when you move from school to school. Nice presentation!

technologytoteach's curator insight, August 28, 2013 2:41 PM

Shows you what can be done with Prezi

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Free Vector and SVG graphics in HTML5 presentations or canvas

Free Vector and SVG graphics in HTML5 presentations or canvas | Digital Presentations in Education |
Use quality vector based icons, illustrations and svg graphics on presentations , animations, infographcs and html5 banners. The easiest application to create professional custom graphics and interactive presentations in seconds.
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EWC Presenter offers you a new series of visuals to be used in presentations. There is a wide range of handcrafted quality icons, SVG graphics or images to enhance your presentation. There are both paid and free visuals to choose from.


Thanks to Payman Taei for the suggestion.

KathyTarochione's comment, July 25, 2013 5:30 PM
I just tried it and it doesn't seem to work for me in Firefox.
Steve Brophy's comment, July 25, 2013 11:13 PM
Works really well in Chrome but I haven't checked it out in Firefox.
Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, July 26, 2013 9:22 AM

I really need this.

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PowerPoint Slide Design: How Simple is Too Simple?

PowerPoint Slide Design: How Simple is Too Simple? | Digital Presentations in Education |

All of the books, all of the blogs, all of the top Slideshare presentations on slide design make this common plea: simplify.  But how simple is too simple? I had this conversation with a non-training...

Baiba Svenca's insight:

Simplify slides? What exactly does it mean? How much content is enough?

This post will give you some useful ideas about the importance of keeping your presentations succinct and not overloaded with images, shapes, data and information.

Vernon Adrian Emuang's comment, June 19, 2013 10:29 PM
I really appreciate your scoops! Thank you very much for sharing!
Baiba Svenca's comment, June 21, 2013 12:56 AM
Hi Vernon, thanks for the kind words! ツ
Lisa West's curator insight, June 21, 2013 6:51 AM

For everyone who does not want their audience to be DOA by DBPP ( death by power point) here is a step by step approach to create professional and effective PPP. 

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Presentation Design Techniques from the Masters

Here's our take on some popular approaches to Presentation Design seen in some work by great presenters. Enjoy! Download here for a Tweet!:
Baiba Svenca's insight:

A superb slideshow dealing with the best tips from such presentation gurus as Kawasaki, Lessig, Godin, Jobs. It gives valuable suggestions on how to design your presentations to make them more professional and effective.


Miriam Gilbert's curator insight, May 30, 2013 5:47 AM

This works as a great summary reminder of tools, tips and tricks to make you communication (not just presenations!) more compelling

diane gusa's curator insight, July 20, 2013 9:24 AM

Great ideas to present in an engaging style.

Frans Droog's curator insight, August 17, 2013 2:04 AM

Een mooi overzicht van de technieken gebruikt door een aantal bekende presentatoren: Kawasaki, Lessig, Godin, Jobs.

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Level up your presentation design by @orsnemes

10 quick and easy design hacks to turn your next PowerPoint into an eyecandy.
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Beautifully designed slide presentation with 10 cool tips for your next visual project.

Edgar Mata's curator insight, August 17, 5:43 PM

Excelentes recomendaciones para mejorar nuestras presentaciones.

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The Power of Visual Notetaking

Visual note-taking is a powerful tool for design professionals who want to capture ideas and communicate them effectively. Known as sketchnoting or graphic rec…
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Hand-written notes or drawings can be a perfect visual supplement to any textual message which you put in your presentation.

This informative slideshow gives you tons of great examples and suggests ideas and methods how you can learn the visual note-taking.

Karen Loftus's curator insight, June 19, 8:12 PM

I'm green with envy at her skill!

Lia Goren's curator insight, June 21, 10:06 AM

Me encantó esta guía e inspiración para trabajar contenidos de manera conectada! Para aprender uno mismo y para contar a otros, para abrir espacios de conversación. 

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How to Choose the Right Photographs for Your Presentation

How to Choose the Right Photographs for Your Presentation | Digital Presentations in Education |
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The article deals with the role of photos in your presentations and discusses 3 methods of using images with purpose.

Great image examples and explanations!

Lon Naylor's curator insight, May 13, 8:50 AM

Some interesting design considerations when it comes to using photo images.

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, May 13, 7:41 PM

Como elegir fotografías para una presentación.

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Slide Design: How to Build a Powerful Color Palette

Slide Design: How to Build a Powerful Color Palette | Digital Presentations in Education |
With sight dominating our senses, it is no surprise that colors have come to hold so much meaning and importance in our culture. Consciously and unconsciously, we use color to signify our feelings:...
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A must-read article about the significance of colors in your presentations. The rules of their combinations have been explained. For instance, learn what 60-30-10 rule is. Why have you never thought about it?

FPPT's curator insight, April 22, 4:14 PM

This is a very interesting way to make a color palette for your PowerPoint presentations or slide designs.

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Digital Image Factory: All Pics

Free & Easy Digital Image AWESOMENESS by The Daring Librarian. What's your favourite digital imaging site? Slideshare Tip: Why the "All Pics" in the title?...
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A great slide presentation that focuses on images in your presentations - how and where to get them, how to enhance them, how to work with fonts and colors. Finally, there is a long list of image editing sites which will help you do the job.

David Baker's curator insight, April 3, 1:48 AM

one more good resource of practices and resources to make presentations, classes and professional learning pop!

Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, April 17, 10:40 AM

Excellent slide show provides suggestions  and tips for students and instructors - no more death by powerpoint!  

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Tips for the best PowerPoint presentations

Tips for the best PowerPoint presentations | Digital Presentations in Education |
Simon Jones explains how to create effective slideshows in Microsoft's market-leading tool - and keep your audience from boredom or nausea
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The article gives some valuable tips for designing PowerPoint presentations. It describes how to use slide transition and animation effects so that you achieve a professional result. In conclusion the author lists some basic rules that every creator of presentations should remember.

Training in Business's curator insight, June 26, 6:04 AM

Tips for the best PowerPoint presentations 

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Presenters Checklist for Success

Presenter's Checklist for Success! Wether you are a new speaker or a seasoned one, these 12 Items is a must to check off before your next presentation. Created by Camille Wong.

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An eye-catching and professionally made slide presentation that will remind you of some true and tried tips how to make a succesful presentation.

Cynthia Kivland's curator insight, January 23, 11:20 AM

Engaging audiences requires an emotional connection.  Sharing this slideshare with some presentation tips.

Donna Hudson's curator insight, January 24, 7:23 PM

Great Ideas!


Judih Weinstein Haggai's curator insight, January 26, 12:11 AM

love this presentation. Look at it! what great visuals

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Where is Slide Master in PowerPoint 2007, 2010 and 2013

Where is Slide Master in PowerPoint 2007, 2010 and 2013 | Digital Presentations in Education |

Classic Menu for PowerPoint adds a Menus tab between File tab and Home tab. This tab will bring us back to the world of Microsoft PowerPoint 2003. If you have Classic Menu for PowerPoint 2007, 2010 and 2013, you can get Slide Master as before:

1. Select the View drop down menu in main menus tab;

2. Move you mouse onto Master item;

3. Click the Slide Master item.

Baiba Svenca's insight:

This is an easy tutorial how you can find Slide Master in your PowerPoint 2013 (and older). Slide Master helps you to personalize your slides and improve their design according to your taste.

Training in Business's curator insight, September 9, 2013 6:16 PM

Where is Slide Master in PowerPoint 2007, 2010 and 2013


#training #business #powerpoint 

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PowerPoint Design Pros of PPT

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You won't believe this presentation was made using PowerPoint! Shouldn't you reconsider your disdain for the tool?

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, August 4, 2013 5:24 AM

My favorite quote here is' I provide the tools, its up to you what you do with them'. This video certainly had me rethinking PowerPoint. Clearly I need to learn to use it better. This was a very skillful presentation that was created only using PowerPoint.

Chelo Banal-Formoso's curator insight, August 10, 2013 10:44 PM

Great tool for presentations inside or outside classrooms.

technologytoteach's curator insight, August 28, 2013 2:45 PM

Well for the fans of PowerPoint this is what can be done

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Please... No More PowerPoint Title Slides!

Please... No More PowerPoint Title Slides! | Digital Presentations in Education |

Christopher Gurrie: In 2008, a colleague and I set out to make it our mission to rid this world of bad PowerPoint presentations. Remember the consequences: every time you make a bad PowerPoint presentation -- God (all of them) kills a kitten.

Even if we can only influence one student at a time -- hopefully we are doing our part to make presentation land just a little bit better for our fellow audience members. After all, we're only on this Earth for a short while -- it shouldn't be spent sitting through boring presentations where the presenter reads to us from slides laden with too many words and not enough practice...

Baiba Svenca's insight:

An interesting article discussing the importance of the first slide in your presentation.

Should it be blank or display the title of your presentation or should it just hold an image or simply a question so that you can start with an attention-grabbing intro?

Ask yourself who taught you PowerPoint and how it must have influenced the way you make your own PPT presentations.


Do you think that the first slide has to be a title slide?

Cecilia Di Felice's curator insight, July 25, 2013 8:40 AM

too true

Saramesss's curator insight, July 28, 2013 9:58 AM

Por reuniones menos aburridas.

Sharon Miller's curator insight, July 28, 2013 8:58 PM

OMG! Kill a kitten? Much worse than killing a captive audience . . .

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Your Content Shall Rock

In this new and improved primer you'll learn how to strike a chord with your content. There are 16 lessons for creating all kinds of content that shall rock the
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Learn 16 great lessons how to make your presentation content effective and meaningful. See how an eye-catching slide should be designed. Explore the examples given for each lesson. Become a more knowledgeable presenter!

mufidmmn's comment, July 24, 2013 4:09 AM
Dr Pam Hill's curator insight, July 25, 2013 8:33 AM

Some terrific PD ideass that will jazz up online and f2f instruction!

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How Can I Make My PowerPoint Presentations Amazing?

How Can I Make My PowerPoint Presentations Amazing? | Digital Presentations in Education |

"Dear Lifehacker, I have been tasked to make a slideshow for an event at work. I don’t want to make a generic PowerPoint with just boring text or pictures. What are some ways I can enhance the slideshow so it looks impressive and knocks the socks off my audience?"

Baiba Svenca's insight:

Great article answering the reader's question about how to make a slideshow look impressive.

It gives suggestions and tips what to avoid and what not to forget. Learn the lessons by Steve Jobs and Seth Godin. Take note of the 5 basic slide design rules:

1. Simplify

2. Lose the cliches

3. Information needs emphasis

4. Designate elements

5. Empathy for the audience.

Revise the 10/20/30 Rule, enhance your presentation by carefully choosing fonts, images, diagrams, shapes and templates.

Explore lots of additional resources.

Joaquín Ballester's comment, May 19, 2013 5:32 PM
I agree with you, Elke. PPT is more customizable and powerful.
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 20, 2013 10:06 AM

This appears to be an effective and practical article.

Marion Mulder's curator insight, May 22, 2013 6:00 AM

Oke - if you work in the corporate world there is just no escaping from having to create powerpoints at one point or another. You might as well create amzing one's while your at it. Here are some handy tips, do's & don'ts worth looking at