Prezi is an awesome alternative to PowerPoint. I created an no frills presentation for the purpose of experimenting with the application and available tools, called This is a Test. My favorite feature is the option to share the presentation from a remote location.
Mixbook is terrific fun. Because this project is an experiment, I chose a Christmas Around the World theme and saved some images from the internet. The process is an uncomplicated drag and drop with options to embellish. If in my future I decide to use this tool, I need to learn how to remove pages.
Either of these applications can be used by students to create inventive, research intensive projects while merging art and technology.