Alternatives to Powerpoint

From an online discussion by Louise Friel

My son (P7) has just completed a great project entitled, “The Person I Most Admire”.
The children put alot of thought and effort into this, gathering information, pictures and images, which culminated in a short Powerpoint presentation, which they shared with the rest of the class.

Sound familiar? So what else could they have done?
Using MovieMaker or StoryBoard, (free video and audio software) the children could have developed a much more media rich presentation, incorporating video and audio, which they could then have shared with the whole school, parents, family and worldwide, if uploaded and broadcast though the internet.

Have a quick look at to see what some of the schools in Northern Ireland have been busy working on. This forum allows the children (and teachers) to showcase their work in a secure, structured environment, so we can all appreciate their hard work.

So, why are all schools not looking beyond Powerpoint? I believe that this is, in part, due to teachers lack of awareness of what else is out there. Instead of embracing the wealth of multimedia tools that current and emerging technology has to offer, they are stuck in the Powerpoint rut!

Do you agree? If so, how do we get schools to look beyond last centurys tools and start adopting the wonderful range of educational, engaging, and FUN tools out there?

What are some of these tools?