Interactive media for learner lectures, collaborative project presentations


Mindmap of interactive multimedia tools

This Mindmeister mindmap lists collaboration and interaction tools.


Drag and drop elements from Twitter, Flickr, Youtube, blogs to create a story that you can Tweet, blog, embed.


Make screencasts instantaneously, then Tweet, blog, embed.


“Online media album that can hold essentially any type of media (images, documents and videos) and allows people to make comments in 5 different ways – using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (with a webcam) – and share them with anyone they wish. They can even be exported to an Archival Movie for offline use on a DVD or video-enabled MP3 player.” Voicethread tutorials,  Voicethread how-to wiki and interesting ways to use Voicethread in the classroom


“WikiBrains is a free platform to brainstorm and create mind maps with the rest of the world. You may associate “Freud” to “Psychology”, then someone across the globe links it to “Libido”, another one to “Subconscious”, and another one to “Switzerland” and so on ad infinitum with ever-expanding branches and related content. In short it is a social, fun and smart space to let your ideas roam free.”

 cMap and Visual Understanding Environment (VUE)

These two concept mapping tools add dimensions to conventional mindmapping — the connections between nodes are treated as verbs that explain the links between nodes, multiple documents can be attached to each node, cMap enables publication of clickable concept maps and VUE enables export of html files, both can be used in presentation mode.

How to make RSA style videos and another one on whiteboard animation

This is a bit of work, but the result is spectacular. If you do it right, you are on your way to an A+


A canvas upon which to place images and words in two dimensions.

Prezi – “The zooming editor”

“Create a map of your ideas, images, videos, then show overview, zoom to details, amaze, convince, take the day. And it is very simple to use.” See also this demo. And see these ways to use Prezi in the classroom. See also the power and point of using Prezi in the classroom and thoughts on using Prezi as a teaching tool.  You can also use Prezi for real-time collaboration. Here is more on Prezi meeting for realtime collaboration. And The Ultimate Guide to Prezi.


“Rizzoma allows communication within a certain context permitting a chat to instantly become a document where topics of a discussion organized into branches of mind-map diagram and minor details are collapsed to avoid distraction.”


This is a website builder, but students have made outstanding presentations with it, like this one about the history of the hashtag.

Vic’s Picks

Extremely good list of mindmapping tools with thumbnails.

40 Sites and Apps for Presentations

Another good compendium


“Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required.”

Live Question Tool Chooser

Generate and vote up questions on the fly via URL.

Google Presentation Tool

Online slideshows with concurrent chat channel — see these tips on using Google Docs in the classroom Also see this update on collaborative Google Docs presentations.

“A mural is a flexible content format that aggregates media and files, ideal for group ideation and visual sharing.”

EWC Presenter

HTML5 presentation-making tool

Open Etherpad

You have to play with this to appreciate it: Multiple simultaneous editors can join, each with a separate text color, for real-time collaborative editing — and simultaneous chat. Might be interesting to experiment with collaborative note-taking around a specific topic during class. You can embed etherpads in blogs, forums, wikis.

Classroom Flash Jeopardy Game and Online Jeopardy Gamebuilding Site

Flash Jeopardy was designed by a teacher for use in the classroom as a SmartBoard review game. This site has all of the tools needed to create a Jeopardy review game, download your game for free, and play jeopardy in your classroom. You can also play Flash Jeopardy online. The online Jeopardy site also enables you to build custom Jeopardy games.


 A mind-mapping tool, cartoon creation, movie editor, and audio editor.

Soo Meta

“Grab videos, pictures, text paragraphs, from any source and turn them into short movies.”


“The rich media presentation tool Tell your story anyway you like. Add photos, music, video, and audio, and share it publicly or privately in an instant.”


“Projeqt gives you the tools and technology to tell your story. It provides a robust architecture, with unprecedented flexibility and possibilities.


“This fantastic tool enables students to participate in exciting, illuminating collaborative debate or group brainstorming. Students can work together to build graphs and visual representations of complex topics and arguments, creating subject-maps and spider graphs to clearly show different contributors’ ideas and input. The graphs can then be saved for future reference or to be marked by a teacher or presented to other groups of students later on.”


“Flare is an ActionScript library for creating visualizations that run in the Adobe Flash Player. From basic charts and graphs to complex interactive graphics, the toolkit supports data management, visual encoding, animation, and interaction techniques. Even better, flare features a modular design that lets developers create customized visualization techniques without having to reinvent the wheel. View the demos and sample applications to see a few of the visualizations that flare makes it easy to build. To begin making your own visualizations, download flare and work through the tutorial. You should also get familiar with the API documentation. Need more help? Visit the help forum


Online slideshows


Shareable online slideshows

Browser based slides


“A Glog is an interactive visual platform in which users create a “poster or web page” containing multimedia elements including: text, audio, video, images, graphics, drawings, and data.”


“Vuvox allows for the easy creation of interactive timeline-style presentations from photos, video and music. This is such a great, and straightforward way to tell a story – create a timeline of pictures, and add some music or other audio. In addition to being a great way to support a lecture on a given topic, it can also be wonderful tool for students to supplement a presentation, create an artisitic ’statement’, or perhaps even replace a traditional paper report (sources could even be cited in the presentation!).”

Online mindmapping with embed code


“Nota is a unique, cutting-edge collaborative web platform that allows users to create, share and collaborate on presentations and virtually any other form of online material. Using Nota’s proprietary toolset, users can instantly integrate text, video, maps, clip art, photos from web album or on the local computer, or license-free images from Flickr, and material from an ever-expanding array of sources. Users can then instantly embed their work in Facebook or blogs, and can share and collaborate with friends.”


No software to install. Use webcams to interview or hold a conference, record the interview, and embed the video right away. Dual frames mean that you can record both people at the same time.


The rich media presentation tool Tell your story anyway you like. Add photos, music, video, and audio, and share it publicly or privately in an instant.


“Embedr is a free service that lets anyone create a custom playlist of videos from the top video sites on the web. Now start building that playlist of your favorite Jean Claude Van Damme movie clips that are spread throughout YouTube, MySpace, Vimeo, DailyMotion and more. » Learn More About Embedr


Create and collaborate on custom animations


Express yourself and encourage learning in the classroom through comix


Online collaborative mindmapping in your browser


Online collaborative mindmapping in your browser

The theory underlying concept maps and how to construct them

Not a tool, but a lot of good how-to and why-to about mindmaps/concept maps


A multimedia presentation solution for photo-video slide show. Synchronise a video and a slideshow side by side. Embed into any webpage.


“Interactive thinking guides”

lets you to upload any file or url address, and then create an embed code for it so it can be embedded in a blog or website.

Mashup Yackpack (voice), Meebo (chat), and Slideshare

Beth Kanter shows how to put these three free tools together into an interactive presentation

Text The Mob

“Project polls or message boards on a large screen, have everyone send their input via their cell phones and see results instantly!”


online app that lets you interview someone via webcam, and records it for later viewing.


site that lets you very easily create contests (for free) where people can enter videos, images, or text. Multiple winners can be judged by popular vote or by the contest creators.

Jog the Web

Organize guided tours of the web, comment on pages.


“combines online collaboration, online project management and document sharing using social networking principles”


Multimedia Flash widgets for presentations


Registration isn’t required, and it’s extremely easy to create a poll that can be embedded in a blog or website or be accessed via its url address.  Participants can leave comments, too. It appears to have been set-up primarily to organize group events, but it can be used as a poll for just about anything.

The 50 Tools

No kidding — 50 more tools for web-based multimedia story-telling


More of a style/method than a technology, also a social activity spreading around the world: 20 Powerpoint/Keynote slides about a topic, with only 20 seconds devoted to each slide:  Primer on Pech Kucha for Learning and Pecha-Kucha, an Overview and more onPecha-Kucha in the Classroom (and a video on how to set PowerPoint to present your slides at 20 second intervals).

PowerPoint Karaoke

Each student has a week to bring in two slides that illustrate important concepts from the past week’s readings and discussions. The slides are pooled and randomly shuffled into groups of five. Class divides into groups and they have ten minutes to come up with a credible five minute or less presentation about the class material, using the slides.

Automatic Interviewer

Audio/visual recording software that allows users to record interviews or presentations for evaluation, practice, and archival. The interviewer inputs a series of questions or prompts. Each interviewee can read the question and record a response. Costs , but instructor will buy a license if you want to use it.


Comic strip creator. Here’s an example of a student project that used it.

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