There are some great style and philosophy sites to help keep us on the beautiful, effective and simple presentation path. A few of my favorites (feel free to add!)
My favorite tools:
- Haiku Deck for beautiful, simple slides with amazing royalty-free photos. Super fast and slick. Desktop and mobile.
- Sparkol has two great hand-drawn/cartooning tools I find especially useful for creating mental frames for students who sometimes lose context in the active learning environment.
- Videoscribe (desktop or MUCH cheaper mobile app). Use their drawings or upload your own for an RSA-animate style creative mindmap you can add voiceover to
- Tawe (free version is limited to 2 at a time) where you take a picture of something of yours- drawn or otherwise- then tap around to quickly create zoomed presentation. Works really well with hastily drawn mindmap or other "big picture" stories and timelines.
- Explain Everything (iPad) is my go-to app for quick screencasts where I'll mindmap or draw on top of PDFs and Powerpoints. Very easy upload to popular sites like YouTube. Bonus: Lightsaber laser pointer (with sound!)