iPads in Education – Enhancing student learning by Lynda Cutting


iPads link easily and effectively to LCD screens, Interactive Whiteboards and data projectors and are a wonderful way to share and present information and student work. Anything on the iPad can be presented this way but there are a number of presentation apps available specifically for this purpose. Of course, any presentation tool can be used for good….or evil!




Keynote is an old favourite adapted from the original Keynote tool on Apple. It is beautiful, simple to use with most of the features of its older sibling. It’s only fault is that it costs $10.49 – that’s a lot for an app but I reckon this one is worth it.

haiku deckHaiku Deck.

This app is very much like a simple version of Keynote but with a few improvements. Firstly – it’s FREE. But I love the huge range of images available in the app for use in your presentations. They are simple, stunning and categorised by name and concept. Once created, your decks can be kept private, shared by email etc or made public and shared in the Haiku Deck Gallery. This means that there are lots of presentations that you can use and there is an audience for your students.

ibanneriBanner HD

This a presentation tool with a difference. This app lets you make a scrolling sign,
like you might see on a marquee or billboard. Lots of fun and simple to use.  A great way to get the attention of your class
for those special messages, key questions or to attract attention for a new topic.


The amazing Zooming presentation tool is now an app. You can create, edit and share your Prezis directly from the app. For presentations with a difference – give this one a go.


You can create and share VoiceThreads directly from this app. Your presentation can include images which you can annotate or draw over, text and voice. They can be shared with others who can join in a discussion with you. Simple to use and FREE


Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 2.58.01 pmSlide Idea

This is a really nifty presentation app. It is simple to use and the presentations can be in a range of ways in either a series of horizontal slides in a variety of forms from film strips to scrolls or a range of flipping books. There are lots of templates and the finished product looks professional and slick. And of course – you can add voice recording as well.

This would let you make presentations that are just a little bit different and could tailor the message with specific template, for example the sliding templates would be especially good for presentations about sequences or timelines.



A terrific presentation tool because it is interactive. You can add question,images, text, quizzes, and discussions to videos from YouTube or Vimeo and present to the whole class using a screen or  stream it directly to student iPads. You can even add questions while the video is playing.




  1. Kevin peterson
    May 17, 2013

    Thank you for the list. Another very online presentation tool is Gomeetnow. It is very easy to use and best part is, it has no download of any kind.

    • Lynda Cutting
      May 17, 2013

      Glad you like the list. Thanks for the suggestion Kevin, I will check out Gomeetnow ASAP.

      • Lynda Cutting
        May 18, 2013

        Hi Kevin,
        I checked out the tool and it looks interesting but I would say it’s more of a collaboration than presentation tool. It’s a bit expensive and for $12 I think I would still prefer other free alternatives like Skype, Today’s Meet or even Padlet

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