As I was exploring the vast library of presentations on SlideShare, I came across some very interesting, very humorous, and very insightful presentations. One really interesting and informative presentation I encountered was titled, “Did You Know That?” In this presentation, the author shared numerous, little-known facts about a variety of subjects. Who knew that elephants can’t jump? That all polar bears are left handed? That a duck’s quack doesn’t echo? Did you know that the body’s strongest muscle is the tongue? All of these quite interesting facts came from that presentation…lots of learning! The funniest presentation I discovered was “Funny Interview Answers,” which shared absolutely hilarious responses to a variety of interview questions. Reviewing this project was a welcomed escape from my grad school work! Finally, I came across a quite informative presentation on the History of Mathematics. In this presentation, the author shares the vast historical roots of mathematics. I learned a lot about the base-ten and base-twenty numeration system from this presentation. In browsing SlideShare, I realized that not only does it have a wealth of resources focused on specific topics; it has a wide variety of resources (covering so many different topics and subjects.)
I think SlideShare is going to be a great resource to use in the classroom. First, I can see this website as being a great place to locate content specific presentations. I am always looking out for websites that have presentations that can be used to enhance student learning. Whether finding a presentation to use in a lesson or finding a presentation that students can access for independent research, this could definitely be used to enrich instruction. I can see SlideShare being used to locate, review, and share professional development presentations. Educators have the ability to instantly access a vast array of presentations focused on specific learning topics. Not only is this convenient, but it offers a variety of topics and information. I also think this would be a great way for students to share their learning with others. My third graders frequently create PowerPoint presentations to share their learning. With SlideShare, they can upload their work (with privacy settings) and share with other students, the teacher, or their parents. It provides a platform for true communication of knowledge and sharing.
Excited to discover this awesome Web 2.0 tool and can’t wait to use it in the classroom!!! Check out my first SlideShare project, Exploring Glogster.