Saturday, September 22, 2007


SlideShare - Free Service for Presentations

Here is a Web 2.0 application that might thrill you, visit SlideShare to experience "the world's largest community for sharing presentations on the web". This is for presentations what YouTube is for videos. The site accepts Powerpoint, OpenOffice and Keynote presentations as ppt, pps, pdf and odp formatted files. At this time, presentations with transitions, audio or video are not supported. Other upload option include by URL, by email and through browser plug-ins. Membership is free if you provide an email account.

Anyone can search for presentations on any topic. Members can upload, comment, tag, post on a blog or share presentations. Some authors allow the downloading of presentation source files (TurnItIn - watch out!). Once you find an author that shares your interests, you can add them to your Contacts for easy review of their presentations. Why not use RSS to automatically keep up with an author, a tag or "most viewed."

Reading the FAQ, I am shocked that they consider a 30 MB presentation OK. On campus, I would be working with faculty to significantly trim down that file size before posting to our web servers due to download time and bandwidth concerns.

Have you attended a conference lately? Maybe the presentations were uploaded here!

What does this community of presenters change textbook publishing?

Remember our convocation speaker, and her very visual (less text) presentation. "Death By Powerpoint" by Alexei Kapterev is an important reminder of the appropriate use of technology shared on this blog post from SlideShare.

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