on Friday, January 23, 2009

Slideshare ( has been called the "Youtube of PowerPoint" because it allows you to post PowerPoint presentations to the web that can be viewed by anyone who has a web browser; they do not need to own PowerPoint, or any other software. All they need to do is visit the Slideshare URL where the presentation resides.

Slideshows can be uploaded that contain narration, video and timings. They can, if you choose, be downloaded by the viewer in either PowerPoint (.ppt) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) formats. They can be embedded into a blog or a website with a cut-and-paste of a simple line of code.

To upload a video, register at the site with an email address and a password. Then upload your presentation in any of a variety of formats, from PowerPoint and Open Office to Adobe Acrobat. The resultant slideshow can be made public, or kept private and shared only among a group of invitees.

It's an excellent resource for Extension, to post presentations, or to archive them after a workshop or conference. Extension already has a sizable presence at the site (go to the "Community" tab at the top of the page, and search for "Extension").

Many thanks to eXtension for the 30 minute session yesterday, where much of this information was culled.


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