Tech B.F.F.~Slides Online Presentation Creation Tool
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Slid.es is a useful tool for creating and sharing ad-hoc presentations in an office, school PLN, or for student group work during class. If used during class, then this fun, presentation creation site exemplifies student-led instruction. It also has a working offline feature so it is not limited to connectivity. Slideshows are referred to as “decks” in the nomenclature of Slid.es.
I would recommend creating a class account that students, working individually or in pairs/groups could access, instead of students creating their own accounts. There is also an option to create an account by linking through Facebook or Google, but I chose to create a free, stand-alone account. Pictures can be uploaded and completed decks can be shared by link or embed code.
Possible Classroom Uses: (Please leave a comment to add additional ideas)
1.) Short, topic presentations as a culminating activity
2.) Create a classroom procedures presentation to play as students enter during the first week or school and then for Parents at Open House
3.) Create a story web, where the teacher begins the web with an inviting phrase, such as “It was a dark and stormy night” and students add a slide extending the previous phrase and adding a thematic element or adding a “choose your own ending” slide
4.) Use Slides for a quick “check for understanding” quiz or Warm-Up activity
5.) Create slides for ESL or bilingual classrooms to introduce or review vocabulary
Here is a sample: http://slid.es/teague/educational-quotes
Slid.es Mentioned on my ScoopIt board called “Lurk No Longer”