Friday, March 21, 2008

Slide Rocket - Web Based Presentation Creation

Update: In the time since I wrote this post, Slide Rocket has changed its pricing model and no longer has a free offering.


Update #2: Slide Rocket EDU is available for free through Google Apps for Education.


Slide Rocket is another new player in the web based software market. Slide Rocket is a web based presentation creator similar to Empressr which I reviewed earlier this week. Slide Rocket has some very nice features like 3D transitions and a collaboration feature for sharing the creation process with others. Slide Rocket's interface is user friendly and makes it easy to include videos, pictures, or third party plug-ins (like the podcast player I posted in yesterday's post about Tech Teacher Live). The quality and definition of images on Slide Rocket is far superior to PowerPoint.

Below is a Slide Rocket slide show introduction.


Applications for Educators
Slide Rocket and similar web based presentation creation programs are a great resource for students and teachers working in schools that have a hodge-podge of computers and software. If some of your school's computers are Mac and some are PC, but you want everyone creating slide shows, a web based program is the way to go. Slide Rocket works on any operating system including Linux because the work is done online not on a local computer. Slide Rocket and web based programs in general are great for schools that have limited money for software or hardware. (I think that statement applies to all public schools). Web based programs only require schools to have a current web browser installed on the computers.

For students that have to go to a public computer to get work done, web based applications are the way to go. The student doesn't have to carry a flash drive or disk to store their work because their work is saved on a user account on the web based application. Just like email, Slide Rocket, can be accessed from any computer connected to the Internet.