Web Wonder Week #16 - Slideshare
Experienced teacher and tech visionary Dan Roberts shares practical ICT ideas to use in the classroom. This week he’s distributing PowerPoints, doc files and PDFs with the help of Slideshare.
If you need to share your documents (PowerPoint, Word and PDF) so that anybody can view them online or download them then you need Slideshare. I had a science class that wanted to share PowerPoints as part of their homework, so I thought this is where Slideshare can help. I showed them an example from another presentation we’d produced as part of an international school linking project and we discussed ways they could use Slideshare together as a class (you can view the project here). One student even got their teacher to share the PowerPoints they used in class on Slideshare so they could access them at home.
How to use Slideshare
1. Why not set a piece of homework in the form of a few questions on PowerPoint and share it on Slideshare. Give students the link and get them to answer the questions and then to upload and connect their own PowerPoint with the answers.
2. Teachers can upload the PowerPoint presentation used in lessons to support students learning at home. As part of the lesson you can share the web address with students or you could set up a class account for the whole class to access after each lesson.
3. As a school you could create your own school Slideshare account and share the link with parents. You could direct them there for presentations for open evenings and other school events.
If you have a go at using this site then please leave a comment telling us a little bit more about how you used it and what the impact on learning was in your classroom.
Who is Dan Roberts?
Dan Roberts is a former deputy headteacher at Saltash.net Community School and is now headteacher at the International School Seychelles.
Dan is known to many who have read his blog as the ‘Chicken Man’ thanks to his work in the Recharge the Battery science project, which began when pupils wanted to rescue battery chickens from a local intensive farm to live a free-range life at the school. This scheme became the basis for a unique curriculum which has since been disseminated around the globe by Microsoft.
In recognition of his work, Dan won the ICT Visionary Award at the 2012 TES Awards, where he was commended as, “no one-trick pony (or even a one-trick chicken), but a bold scavenger who explores all sorts of different technologies and discovers new approaches for other teachers around the world”.
Keep up with Dan in on this blog and on Twitter @TesEdTech