SlideShare SlideShare is on online presentation site that allows users to share presentations, and modify existing PowerPoint presentations with a variety of different elements including videos and audio. SlideShare is a great way to enhance existing PowerPoint presentations. It is a good resource to enhance presentations for the classroom because teachers can add interesting elements. It was easy to create an account on SlideShare, and it’s free.
SlideShare Presentation Review “An Introduction to Blogging for Third Graders” My rationale for using this presentation in my classroom is to give students a lesson on how to blog in the classroom. The presentation gives a definition of blogging, and describes what blogs are used for. It is a short presentation, and I would use it for a mini-lesson on blogging.
SlideShare in the Classroom Pros Cons This site has many presentations Some of the presentations are to choose from. very “busy,” and may not be There are presentations that appropriate for all learning teachers can show students in styles. the classroom, and It can be difficult to find exactly presentations that teachers can what you are looking for because use for resource material. of the amount of presentations. The basic PowerPoint There should be a separate site presentations are enhanced, so it for educators and business adds interest for students. professionals.
VoiceThread VoiceThread allows people to make comments regarding images, documents, and videos. VoiceThread allows people to make comments in a variety of different ways including: voice and text. Users comment using microphones or webcams. VoiceThread allows for group comments that can be shared for one presentation.
VoiceThread Presentation Review I chose the presentation, “Weather, Art, and Poetry” by students in Mrs. Mattson’s third grade class. The presentations involved students reading poetry that they had created in the classroom. My rationale for using this presentation in the classroom is for students to have an opportunity to see drawings, read text, and hear the voices of students reading their poetry. This presentation gives “life” to poetry, and adds interest for students.
VoiceThread in the classroom Pros Cons The audio component reaches Many classrooms have limited different learning styles in the resources for technology. classroom. Classrooms may not be There are interesting equipped with microphones and presentations for teachers to computers with webcams. choose from for professional development as well These types of presentations are as, classroom use. more time-consuming for The students would enjoy teachers and students. I can see recording and hearing their needed assistance to put the voices when added to presentations together. presentations.
Prezi Prezi allows users to present information in a non linear way. Users can create maps of text, images, documents and drawings in a different way. Presentations can be shared with multiple users for conferencing purposes. Prezi uses a “canvas” format that allows users to add multiple images to one background.
Prezi Presentation Review “Get-Real Elementary” By Carla Casas is a presentation created by students who are showing what they have learned about certain English conventions, such as grammar. My rationale for using this in the classroom is to show students an interesting way to present information as well as use the information to help teach grammar concepts.
Prezi in the Classroom Pros Cons The idea of building on a large There are not as many background is a good way for presentations available as students to correlate painting or compared to other online drawing with web based media. presentation sits, such as There is a tutorial that shows SlideShare. people how to create Prezi’s and add them to existing PowerPoint Many of the presentations are presentations. very “busy” and students may The features that are a part of have trouble comprehending the the Prezi presentations add point of the presentation. interest and make the (especially younger students or presentations very interactive for students who have special students. needs.)