I’d like to start out by asking if anyone in the group has used the website Slideshare or another file sharing website? There are actually several different file sharing websites. CNET rated Slideshare in the top 7 best file sharing websites, and it’s one that I personally use and have noticed that Linda has used so this is the FS website I chose to explore for our Web 2.0 project.
Just as You Tube is a community for sharing videos, Slideshare is an online community to share MULTIMEDIA presentations. We will explore the variety of media available through Slideshare throughout this presentation.
First, this is an example of where you may have seen Slideshare before. Throughout this semester Ms. Newall has been embedding Slideshare (and other types of files) into the course announcements. In Slideshare you have access to an HTML embed code that you can easily copy and paste into a website, wiki, blog, etc. so that you can play the presentation within the page without sending the user off to another website.
I am a “baby” Slideshare user really. I’ve only used the website for a year and have a few presentations. But youc an notice that one of my presentation has almost 10,000 views and over 80 downloads! I have not promoted any of these presentations, people have just found them by searching for a keyword which I tagged my presentation with.
I first started using slideshare as a resource for information. But then I presented at a TxDLA conference and needed a place to post my presentation so that attendees could download it if desired. I then realized that this is a great place to organize my graduate studies presentations. When students have needed to access a presentation, like those Health ones that had a high number of hits, I put the Health teacher’s presentation on slideshare because some students didn’t have power point at home.
I plan to use Slideshare more thoroughly by using it to network with other people that are interested in the same topic as I am and to share my ideas and presentations. The end result will be a type of electronic portfolio of multimedia presentations, in one central and easy to use location.
I can’t in good conscious talk about posting things online without mentioning the importance of posting with caution. Only post what is yours, what you don’t mind sharing, and what you wouldn’t mind being on the front page of the paper. And of course, on a personal caveat, be careful not to use Slideshare to compeltely bore your audience. Following the design rules of multimedia will help to engage your audience. I’ve linked to another presentation for more information on this topic.
Slidsehare is free, although there is a subscription available if you want more than what is listed on the screen. The free account will be enough for the average user, and the pro account is geared more toward organizations or individuals that want more control over their slideshare portal. The 3 video maximum may seem a little restrictive, but that is just videos you upload. You can embed You Tube videos within your presentations and there is no limitation on that, so that is a work around if that is a problem for you.
One thing I like about slideshare is that their home page of their website offers a quick overview of what’s new on Slideshare. You can see that they are connected to a wide variety of social networking websites as well.
The name slideshare is a little decieving. You can do far more than just share on Slideshare, there are a lot of social interactions available. For example, you can see my profile on the left. You have the option of following users, and they can follow you as well just like on Twitter.
There are also some features that resemble You Tube. For example, the ability to favorite a presentation, and leave comments. All of this is shown in a Newsfeed when you login as shown on the right.
Now we’re going to look at a few examples of the features in Slideshare. This is a slide in a “Death By Powerpoint” presentation I found. You can use the arrows below the slide to go back and forth within the presentation.
On the left hand side you have options for sharing the slideshare on twitter, facebook, linkedin, and your wordpress blog.
If you find something you want to keep, on the top you have the option for downloading the presentation (if the user allows it) or embedding it which allows you to copy and paste the HTML code I mentioned earlier.
If you want to come back to it, favorite it, which is also found on the top.
Then there is a new feature (to me) called zipcast. This allows you to do live virtual presentations using this presentation.
A zipcast allows you to use a webcam, microphone, and chat window to accompany your presentation. Kind of like we are doing here in Elluminate.
So, back to our presentation. If you are compelled to contact the author of the slideshow, you can do so by clicking the email button.
Or, you can leave a public comment in the area below the slideshow.
If you really enjoyed the presentation you are able to find related presentations or more by that user.
If you want This is found on the right hand side of the screen and you also can follow the author so you can receive notifications of new presentations or comments.
You can find just about anything on Slideshare. For example, when I wanted to find out more about web 3.0, I found many different views here. I also heard about Google + through a presentation on slideshare. And in the blue you see someone’s resume which I thought was highly creative. He created a multimedia presentation, linking to his resume and it was actually featured on the homepage of slideshare. I hope it got facebook’s attention!
If all of this isn’t enough for you, you can pay a monthly fee for the features listed on your screen.
I looked through the channels on slideshare to see what type of organizations went “PRO” and I found everything from private organizations to government agencies and even the school of engineering at UT.
There are many uses of Slideshare in the K-12 environment. Of course it’s an attractive choice for publishing information because it is free. But it’s also a great place to find research, of course you have to be cautious of the source’s credibility. Instead of having students email in assignments, this would be an ideal place to upload them and of course they will be motivated by the fact that they are publishing their work to a real audience. Saving to slideshare also doesn’t require them to “be at school” to save to the network, because they can get to slideshare on an computer with internet. Teachers could encourage students to start saving their best work on slideshare so that they have a portfolio of presentations ready, just like the young man who did his resume on slideshare. And of course they could take advantage of virtual presentations, perfect for online courses. I believe that kids will be motivated by the social elements we reviewed in slideshare. That IS what made You Tube popular and unique afterall. The comment features could also be used to do peer reviews.
As I mentioned, there are other file sharing sites available with a variety of features.
In conclusion, slideshare is more than just sharing presentation, but when you add in the social element, it transforms into a collaborate experience.
Thanks for your time, are there any questions? Feel free to leave your comment on this presentation on Slideshare
What's The Big Deal About Slideshare?
Slideshare Web 2.0 Presentation By: Christie Rickert
Slideshare is the “You Tube” for slideshow presentations
My Slideshare Experience <ul><li>Member for 1 year, 5 presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Components of Health - 9600 views, 81 downloads, 3 favorites </li></ul><ul><li>Nutrition – 900 views, 68 downloads </li></ul><ul><li>TxDLA presentation – 235 views </li></ul><ul><li>Design Class project – 24 views </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia Project – 24 views </li></ul><ul><li>...They found me… </li></ul>
Why do I use it? <ul><li>Find information on anything </li></ul><ul><li>Simplify sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Organize presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Overcome compatibility issues </li></ul>
My Plan <ul><li>Network </li></ul><ul><li>Share Ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic portfolio </li></ul>
Be careful what you post <ul><li>Plagiarism </li></ul><ul><li>Intellectual property </li></ul><ul><li>Online reputation </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the Multimedia Design Rules </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.slideshare.net/rickertc/unwrapthepotential </li></ul>
What you get on Slideshare (for free!) <ul><li>Upload Unlimited Presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Upload Unlimited Documents </li></ul><ul><li>Upload 3 Videos </li></ul><ul><li>Screencasts & Zipcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Ads </li></ul><ul><li>No control over the appearance of your Slideshare page </li></ul>
Quickly see what’s new… <ul><li>Top Presentations of the day </li></ul><ul><li>Featured </li></ul><ul><li>Hot on Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Hot on Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Hot on LinkedIn </li></ul><ul><li>Conference Spotlights </li></ul>
MORE than just sharing “ Twitter-like” … it’s social!
MORE than just sharing “ You-Tube-ish” … it’s social!