Three Ways to Share PowerPoint Presentations Online

PowerPoint has grown to be one of the most popular presentation tools inside and outside of the classroom. However, newer versions don’t always convert well on older editions of the software. It can also be easy to forget a copy of one’s presentation. So, having an online copy of a presentation can be valuable. Three online tools make it easy to share PowerPoint presentations anywhere there’s an internet connection.

Google Docs has its own presentation feature, but it also allows users to host and share PowerPoint presentations online. It’s an easy uploading process where users may choose to do additional editing using Google’s interface. Google Docs then allow multiple parties to contribute to the same presentation. Plus, Google Presentations are embeddable on almost any website or blog. The only drawback is that presentations will lose their animations, sounds, and transitions.

Another alternate way to share a PowerPoint is to upload it to YouTube. Unlike with Google Docs, this requires a simple process. When saving a PowerPoint, select a picture format such as PNG or JPEG. Then, load those files onto video editing software such as MovieMaker or iMovie. The slides work as images one can arrange in a project’s timeline. Then, go through the process to export the presentation to YouTube.

The third process for sharing PowerPoint presentations online will transform your presentations completely. The online presentation tool Prezi is something entirely different, but now it allows users to upload PowerPoint files and change them into an engaging format that breaks the traditionally linear nature of presentation software. Once the file is uploaded, users are faced with several options for making their presentations come alive. Just watch…

No longer do we have to be limited by the traditional desktop presentation as monopolized by PowerPoint. The online tools mentioned above give users new options for presentation and sharing that were previously not possible with PowerPoint presentations.

What are some other ways you have found for sharing PowerPoint presentations? How will these tools inject your PowerPoint presentations with a dose of energy?

Zac Early is an instructional specialist and blogger with the eMINTS National Center.

Friday 4ALL: Prezi and NCSS presentation, Moodle in an elementary school classroom

A short time ago I was asked if I wanted to co-author an article for Social Studies and the Young Learner and I jumped at the opportunity. I had never been asked to write for a publication so I was quite nervous about the whole thing. I then learned that I needed to present at the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference in Denver, Co. I had presented before but not at this level.

I have been using Moodle in a 3rd grade classroom for many years and in a (3) college town that trains educators in local schools, word got around about my site. A professor from the University of Missouri, Linda Bennett, contacted me because of the work I was doing with online learning. Over the course of a few months we figured out what I wanted to share and say, and I went to work on creating a presentation for the national conference.

I presented on using technology to integrate social studies into the elementary classroom. I had a great unit already developed and it had been through testing and revisions for a few years. I wanted to be able to present my lesson in an interesting way. I had heard about Prezi, but never given it a try. I really enjoyed using Prezi and my presentation went over well. Well enough to get an invite to the NCSS Technology Committee.

Click to go directly to the Prezi.

If you are interested in social studies, elementary education, Moodle, or educational technology, I believe you will find this an interesting article. The article helps the presentation by giving it some voice. I welcome your thoughts. [Link]

William Cunningham was a teacher here in Columbia, MO but is making the transition to more tech-centric pursuits.

Thursday’s Tip: The Power of Online Collaboration

Goodbye Power Point…Hello Prezi!

One night this past spring I witnessed my 15 year-old daughter hard at work on a group presentation for her Freshman Honors English class. We all know how painful completing group projects can be, and she moaned and groaned at the prospect of collaborating on an essay and visual presentation with two of her peers. Once she finally got going, it was amazing to see the collaboration between these three students – who were each in their homes working from their computers.

They worked simultaneously with two online tools. They used Google Docs to work on the essay and to chat about what they were doing. They also used Prezi to create an amazingly cool, interesting, and informative presentation. This tool is like a giant white board that lets you zoom in and out and set a sequence of your choice for the words and graphics to be shown. The result can be striking.

The most exciting part about this tool to me (as a parent and a teacher) is the enthusiasm the students have for using it and therefore, the enthusiasm they have for working on a group project. My daughter and her peers worked for hours and all three of them had an equal part. They could each see what the other was doing to both the essay and the presentation in real time. They could ask each other questions…”Hey, I need a quote for this part, who has one?” and “What do you mean you broke up with him?”…just like working in person. However, since they were working online, and there is somehow more freedom to say more personal things than you would in person, they really got to know each other in a way that they never would have in the school building as these are three students who would not choose to interact with each other and don’t share common friends.

So instead of a presentation tool…maybe Prezi could boast itself a tool that also breaks teenage social barriers! Cool stuff either way!!

This post was submitted by Tami Chappel, a special education teacher for Kirkwood Schools here in Missouri. You can read more from Tami at her blog, Pioneer Prep.

Tuesday’s Tool: Engaging Presentations with Prezi

Bored with the same old presentation software? Want to spice up your presentations and involve your audience? Prezi might be the alternative for which you’re looking.

Prezi is an online zooming presentation tool. The projects students are able to create on Prezi are more interactive for viewers and focus on the information. The presentation is set up to follow a path to lead the viewer through in an interesting and engaging manner. Emphasis is placed on focal points of the information and anyone going through the presentation will understand the importance of the message being conveyed. Prezi is a new and interesting way to present ideas. Check it out!

Carla Chaffin is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center.