Thursday, April 10, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Slide Share Saves the Lesson Plan

I've been using Slide Share since last fall to embed slide show presentations into my classroom blog. This morning Slide Share saved my lesson plan. Part of my lesson plan involved giving notes about India. Normally, I store all of my slide shows on flash drives to save room on my hard drive. This method works great until I forget to bring the flash drive to school. So this morning when I forgot the flash drive, I didn't panic, I jumped on my Slide Share account and I was good to go, lesson plan saved.

Slide Share is very easy to use. If you can upload a picture to Flickr or attach a file to an email, you can use Slide Share. Simply upload your Power Point presentations to your Slide Share account and your presentation is now embeddable. You have the choice of making your slide show private or public.

Here is a short Slide Share show about using Slide Share.


Applications for Education
Slide Share can be used with blogs and wikis. Slide Share is an easy way for teachers to share information with students and with parents. The sidebar embed widget offered by Slide Share allows users to place a slide show permanently on the front page of their blog. Next fall I'm planning to place a slide show with my course expectations and syllabus on the front page of the classroom blog. The slide shows that I've embedded throughout this year have helped my students stay connected with class despite fourteen snow days.

Here is a short video about using Slide Share.