Web Wonder Week #21 - Sliderocket
Experienced teacher and tech visionary Dan Roberts shares practical ICT ideas to use in the classroom. This week why not try an alternative to PowerPoint, Sliderocket.
What is it?
If PowerPoint just doesn’t do it for you, try Sliderocket. This free web-based presentation tool allows you to create your own presentations, just as PowerPoint does, but it has some nice transition effects and it’s much easier to use.
Sliderocket is a fantastic tool for children to use to present information inside and outside the classroom. There are a couple of features which my students thought gave Sliderocket the edge over other presentation tools. The first is that Sliderocket has a handy library containing a wide range of copyright free images and videos which you can add to your presentation really easily. My class also thought it was much easier to carry out more advanced tasks with Sliderocket; one student said, “‘this would be great for teachers who often don’t know how to do things like this”.
How to use Sliderocket?
1. Get students to create their own presentation about a particular topic you’re covering in lessons. Go strong on multimedia by encouraging them to add as many images, videos, music and audio clips to the presentations as possible. You could even get half the group to use a more traditional presentation tool like PowerPoint and half use Sliderocket and compare the impact of each presentation.
2. Create a class Sliderocket account and as teacher you could create the first slide of a presentation as the start of a new activity, students then take it in turns to complete the next slide. The teacher can then play the presentation at the end of the lesson and share the link with the whole class.
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