Your Favorite Symposium Tools

Hey all – I am having a blast looking at the Symposium posts. Would those of you who used a certain media tool or site share a link to the tool here as a comment so I can add to the “How to…”page for next semester?

12 thoughts on “Your Favorite Symposium Tools

  1. Profile photo of Beth HarperBeth Harper

    I’m not at all sure that it’s my favorite, but it’s the one I used. I really wanted a particular aesthetic for this project and neither PowerPoint nor Prezi had it, so I went poking around looking for other slideshow apps. Most of the ones I found are really intended for personal “scrapbook” style personal slideshows and have cutesy music and no ability to caption slides, and Smilebox ( is one of that category, but it does offer captioning and I really liked some of the themes and it has a very smooth look and feel.

    I’d have liked the ability to resize the text box and/or remove it altogether, and I’d have liked more control over the fonts, and I’d have liked the ability to upload and share a file without signing up for a free trial on a premium service that I’m going to have to take the time to go and unsubscribe from tomorrow. In general, it’s VERY proprietary in a kind of sleazy way. But it was a breeze to use and (being a desktop app) seems much faster and more stable than most of the web-based highly visual point-and-click WSYWIG media builders I’ve worked with (I’m looking at you, Prezi), and it gave me exactly the output I wanted, so there’s that.

  2. Profile photo of T. JewellT. Jewell

    Voice Thread. I hated (and I mean hated) it last semester. I can’t remember why but I didn’t enjoy using it. This semester, it was a dream. I downloaded it to my Samsung and iPad…a girl needs options. It was super simple to upload images, record audio and share. I know there are features that I didn’t explore but as far as simplicity…this worked great.

  3. Profile photo of DanielleDanielle

    I had made a poster last year using PowerPoint, which is what I always hear recommended as the best software for designing posters. However, I didn’t really like the way that it came out. So I used Piktochart for this poster, and I think it’s much more vibrant. I also found Piktochart very easy to use. I am excited to try some of the tools that my fellow students used, especially Powtoon and StoryBird.

  4. Profile photo of Andres GarciaAndres Garcia

    I really enjoy using Audacity. It’s a great tool AND it free.
    There is a small learning curve but once you get the hang of it -it won’t take long – you’ll find yourself splicing and dicing projects like nobody’s business.

    If you plan to move on to more in-depth audio-editing programs like Audition, start with Audacity,

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