So many teachers have created wonderful powerpoints to use in their teaching.  The problem then is how to give access to the presentation for the students who were absent, or maybe for those who would like to review the materials later.

No matter what site you choose to house your teacher web page, space is always an issue.  Powerpoints are space hogs and can eat up the alloted space very quickly.

One solution is to outsource or find a third party source to house the powerpoint which leaves the space on your website for other types of files.

SlideShare is a site that I have used lately for presentations, and most recently for the school web page.  This website allows you to upload powerpoints up to 100mb in size and then you can link to the file or embed the file onto any website.  Viewers can choose to view the powerpoint full screen or in the provided window, but they don’t have to download the file or have powerpoint on their compter to view the files.

How to use the site:

  1. Sign up for a free account.
  2. Click on “Upload”
  3. Browse for your presentation (more than one file can be chosen at a time).  Note – for PowerPoint 2007 users, the web site asks that you have saved your presenation as a .ppt and not a .pptx file.
  4. Choose your settings:
    • Name your file (or keep the name it has),
    • Enter tags or key words so it can be searched
    • Set the privacy levels (if you keep it public others can use your work – a nice way to give back for the ideas you borrow from others)
    • Give a brief description
    • Decide if you want others to be able to download the file, or only view in online.
    • Click on “Publish”
  5. It could take a few minutes to make the file available for viewing.  once it is converted, you can link to the file, or embed it onto your website.
  6. To Embed your powerpoint:
    • Click on the file to open it in slideshare
    • Locate the Embed code on the right side of the screen.
    • Copy the code
    • Paste it into the blog, wiki or web page of your choice (note: the code is html and will need to be pasted in html mode)
    • Save and test the file.
Here is an example of what it looks like once embeded.  (This was a powerpoint I used this summer in training.)
View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own.

Here are is an example of slideshare embedded on a wiki page:

Here is the link to my account on slideshare:

Another nice thing about this program is that you can search other people’s powerpoints and use them in your teaching.

So give it a try and let me know what you think.

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