Sunday, July 29, 2007

Create and View Presentations Online

Using Thumbstacks, you can create a slide show presentation online and then share it with others by providing a link. You need to sign up for an account, but it’s free.

Here’s a quick slide show I made in Thumbstacks:
You should recognize this slide show from the instructions I provided in the last blog entry for how to create a JPG in PowerPoint.

I discovered Thumbstacks and how to create a JPG in PowerPoint at the same time as I examined some TeacherTube videos. In particular, I viewed Intro to Thumbstacks (

Creating slide shows in Thumbstacks is easy. Some of the menu choices are available at the top of the screen and some become available by right-click (on a two-button mouse) or control-click. Text-formatting options are available. You can upload images. You can drag-and-drop. Themes and styles are available.

The slide shows don’t have all the features of a full-fledged presentation tool. Options missing are transitions, sound, video, and drawing tools. A forum (bugs; feature requests and ideas; and comments, criticism and questions) is available.

Thumbstacks includes an option for real-time use during remote meetings. I haven’t tried this yet.

Thumbstacks is an easy-to-use Web 2.0 application for creating and viewing presentations. Both teachers and students would, most likely, find Thumbstacks very useful.


RubyReads said...

What a great tool! And now I know how to create jpg graphics too!

Jo Schiffbauer said...

I agree, Ruby. As I've tried various Web 2.0 tools this summer, so far I've been most impressed with Thumbstacks and Picnik. Neither one has the full capability of the comparable stand-alone applications, but each one does a good job quickly and for free. Jo