The Slideshare Revolution
In this 2013 list of great tools for learning, Slideshare is ranked 16th. Well expect it to get more popular in the next few years. Why? Because it’s awesome. The funniest part is that the list’s summary was made with it.
What is Slideshare?
Slideshare is a Web 2.0 slide hosting and sharing website. It allows you to publish, either publicly or privately, a variety of files. It supports Powerpoint presentations, Word documents, PDF files, pps, pot, pptx, ppsx, potx, OpenOffice, Keynote, and Excel files, with a maximum file size of 100MB. It also allows sharing the uploaded documents on Facebook, Twitter, Xing and LinkedIn. Users can download the uploaded files and modify them, comment on other people’s presentations, add an mp3 file to the slides, create ads and Zipcast. It also developed a blog more recently to keep the users informed. It was sold to LinkedIn for 118M$. It is the world’s largest presentation sharing website, with 60M monthly visitors and 130M pageviews.
How can it be used in a classroom?
First, it allows the students to gather information from other users. They can look up specific slides by searching key words related to a topic. It is also possible to have a list of contacts, so a teacher could add only his or her students and share the slides with them only (explained in this tutorial). That also stands for the students. Creating a classroom environment on that website is easy! Other examples can be found here, here and here. The uploaded presentations can be embedded on blogs and other networks.
You can create an event presentation to create buzz about it. School play, fundraising event; you name it.
Students can also create ads with Leadshare, which can be a cool project to work on in class.
You can also embed youtube videos inside presentations, which makes it even more interactive and can complement the presentation by showing science experiments, tutorials, movies, documentaries, basically whatever floats your boat.
Last but not least, the Zipcast is a tool used to create conferences and air them while the presentation is going on. This can be used for online classes or after school tutorials. Moreover, the conference also has a inbuilt chat, so the users can interact among themselves. I think it’s the most useful thing that was added to the website.
Overall, Slideshare is a great tool for interactive classroom presentations and online classes. I hope other teachers give it a try!
Other fun things about Slideshare
The website’s CEO, Rashmi Sinha, was in the World’s Top 10 Women Influencers in Web 2.0 by business magazine Fast Company.
Slideshare is used by the White House, NASA, World Economic Forum, State of Utah, HP, IBM and O’Reilly Media.