I am always looking for new ways to present a report. You ask students today to make a report and they have limitless ways to present their ideas, but most seem to settle on the new common (and by common I mean overdone) denominator: the PowerPoint presentation. Don’t get me wrong; I love what PowerPoint can do. But let’s not forget that PowerPoint was made to replace the slideshow, widely known as the most boring meeting device ever conceived. Boring slideshows are so common that there are career sites that tell you what to avoid.
I found a great site recently called Prezi, which makes presentations anything but boring. Flash-based, Prezi creates animations that are made to be seen and enjoyed on the web. Media from all over the web can be easily imported into a show, and slides can be arranged for panning and zooming, allowing students to make a cinematic style of presentation that’s far more interactive than any PowerPoint I have ever seen. The finished product can be embedded easily into a web page.
There are free educator accounts as well, so give it a try. I’m sure you will find reports far more interesting.