Presentations, Posters and, Images
General Public Speaking
Graphics and Pictures
LIFE Magazine photo archive (hosted by Google)
Cartoon Stock (searchable database of humorous and political cartoons)
Power Point Tutorials
(and suggestions on how to create a great Power Point)
Other Resources to help you:
- Online Stopwatch (use this site to time and pace out your presentations)
Check out some good examples:
- TED (watch speeches from the worlds best thinkers)
- American Rhetoric Great Speech Bank
- MIT Professor Patrick Wilson’s tips on how to speak and the art of public speaking.
Some tips for creating powerful, engaging, cool Power Point Presentations:
- Try to think of your Power Point as something for the audience not for you. It needs to capture the attention of the listener/viewer.
- Consider NOT using bullets. DON’T cram a bunch of information on one slide. It’s hard on your audience.
- Try using one powerful image per slide–avoid clipart.
- There is no set rule on the number of slides you must use. Use as many as you need and move through some quickly and spend more time on others.
- When using quotes try to look for the “heart” of the message and shorten it as much as you can.
- Consider using rhetorical devices such as irony, metaphors, repetition, questions etc.
- Your PPT presentation should evoke concepts, ideas and feelings in your audience but your entire presentation, your voice, where you pause, the emphasis you give each slide completes the entire picture for them.
- Be creative
Create a (Digital) Poster
Cutting and pasting on a big sheet of cardboard is very last century. Try creating a digital poster instead. You will be learning a valuable skill and, you’ll save a tree.
- Poster my Wall
- Muzy Thoughts
- Big Huge Labs
- Adobe Slate
How to create an Infographic (tutorial):
Respect an artists creations. Only use copyrighted images in your assignments.
So you have a presentation, project, paper or assignment of some kind that requires a picture, music or sounds?
First of all, don’t forget that our Subscription Databases have pictures you can use.
Most students (and adults) are used to going to Google images and copying down a pictures. There really is no need to visit Google images if you know where to go. Below are some links to very good, smart sources that give you access to copyright free music, images and multimedia for use in your projects.
Creative Commons Licenses*
- Creative Commons Search (use this site to search various places for Creative Commons licenses)
- Flickr’s Creative Commons Page. (direct link)
- Photos for Class (copyright friendly Creative Commons licenses)
In case you are wondering about Flickr. Click here for a tour on how it works.
Dr. Joyce Valenza’s very, very cool Wiki pages on this topic
What is Creative Commons??
A non-profit organisation founded on the notion that some authors may not want to exercise all of the intellectual property rights the law affords them. Creative Commons has developed a set of free public licences to enable authors to share their work with others.
Here is a link to a cartoon explanation of Creative Commons (CC): http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Spectrumofrights_Comic1
Create your own picture (image generators)
So, maybe you want to create your own picture? You want to include your own topics, words or pictures into your image? Try any of these image generators.
- Comic Strip Generator
- Image Chef (create your own customizable logos and pictures)
- Big Huge Labs Flickr Toys (this site contains quite a few applications to customize pictures from Flickr or your own)
- The Generator Blog (lots of image generating resources found here)
- ToonDoo (cartoon strip generator)
- Make Belief Comix (make your own comics)
- Picnik , Tabblo and Lighting are all online image editing tools.
- Motivational Poster Maker
- Queeky (draw your own pictues and share them with others)
- AddLetters.com (create your own customizable signs–lots to choose from here)
- Glass Giant’s Make picture feature (customize and animate your pictures) or write your own messages on their blackboard.
- Fodey.com (create your own newspaper headline etc.)
- Says-it.com (personalize different signs and images)
- ImageGenerator.org (many resources for adding graphics)
- Bubbl.us (Mind Map creator)
- Face in hole (put your face in various pictures)
- ReadWriteThink Webbing tool
- Mindomo (create mind maps that allow you to import outside images)
- Spell With Flickr (Spell words using pictures for Flickr)
- Swivel (create graphs with data)
- Spelling with Zombies (use this for Halloween)
- Graffitti Creator (your teachers might not like this one)
- VoiceThread (analyze and comment on posted images or slideshows with your own voice or text)
- Icon Pot (need an icon? start here!)
- LogoCreator (create your own logos)
- Shape Collage (make a collage with your pictures)
- GoAnimate (add your pictures and animate them)
- Dumpr (upload your images and apply cool effects)
- Wordle (generate word clouds)
- TypoGenerator (Generate your own Logos and fonts)
- Text2Picture ( contains a list of Image generators)
- MagMyPic (create fake magazine covers with your pictures)
- Block Poster (create posters with your pictures)
Or, create your own sign generator: http://www.signgeneratormaker.com/
Other Picture Sites ( a growing list)
Corbis Stock Photos