20: Presentations 2.0

SlideShare is for presentations what YouTube is for videos -- a place where you can post your work and benefit from what is shared by others.

Before SlideShare, posting PowerPoint presentations to the Internet was not an easy task. Now, it's as simple as can be -- after creating a free account, upload the presentation and get a unique URL so others can view it online.

One of the best features of SlideShare is being able to search and view the work of others. There are some great presentations available there that can be used as is or to generate ideas for your own. Like YouTube, you can rate and comment on the presentations.

SlideShare presentations can be downloaded or embedded onto other sites, such as blogs. Here's an embedded presentation that you can click through using the arrows at the bottom.  Press the "full" button to better view the presentation. The topic is SlideShare. 

To complete Thing 20:
A. Explore SlideShare
B. Embed a presentation into your blog
C. Reflect on Thing 20 with a post in your blog

A. Explore
Go to SlideShare and search for presentations on subjects of your choice. Be sure to click the links at the top to view the "Most Viewed" and "Most Downloaded" and have a look at some of the popular presentations. If you are a PowerPoint user, you may want to create an account and upload your own presentation.

B. Embed
Find a presentation to share on your blog. Look for the “embed” button. You can automatically add a SlideShare to Blogger if you type in your user info or you can paste the embed code in your post using the html tab.

C. Reflect - Blog prompts for Thing 20
What did you like about the presentation you embedded? How might SlideShare be useful in the classroom? out of the classroom?


Bonus Material

Other online presentation tools--
  • Scribd is similar to SlideShare but includes more than just PowerPoint slides. On Scribd, you can quickly and easily turn nearly any file—including PDF, Word, PowerPoint and Excel—into a Web document and share it with the world.
  • Prezi – Known as the zooming presentation editor, Prezi allows you to create an entire presentation online.
  • Google Docs allows you to create, share, collaborate and publish documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. This is all done online with no software to install. Take a tour.
  • What to give a presentation to people live? DimDim and Wiziq allow you to have free online conferences.

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