Monday, March 9, 2009

Updates and Improvements to Slide Six

When I initially reviewed Slide Six back in October I was very impressed by it's easy to use to interface. I was particularly impressed by the integrated capacity for adding audio narration to your slide shows. Since my initial review of Slide Six, Todd Sharp the creator of Slide Six, has made some enhancements to the service. The first improvement of note is an updated control panel that is more intuitive than when I first tried the service six months ago. The other notable improvement is the ability to embed YouTube and Vimeo videos into your presentations. You can also attach documents to accompany your presentations.

Slide Six continues to support all Power Point formats, Open Office, PDF, and MOV presentations. It is a very versatile product that students can use to create powerful multi-media presentations. You can try Slide Six without creating an account through the trial uploader. To get a better idea of what you can do with Slide Six, watch the slidecast embedded below.









Applications for Education
Now that Slide Six supports the inclusion of YouTube and Vimeo videos the number of ways that students can create slideshows has increased significantly. Now students can include in their slide presentations videos that they create with tools like Animoto and Remix America. (They would have to upload those videos to YouTube or Vimeo before putting them in the slide show).

There is one last noteworthy aspect of Slide Six for teachers that has nothing to do with the technology of Slide Six, but everything to do with the owner and creator Todd Sharp. As Larry Ferlazzo also noted, the customer service is fantastic by all accounts.